With the continuous growth of urban environments, space for new residential developments is in continuous demand. Subsequently, the recent transformation and reclamation of waterfronts are becoming increasingly desirable. However, this is often at the expense of social, environmental and architectural quality where affordability, good urban design, human scale, citizen well-being, as well as quality outdoor spaces and ecology are often set aside. Moreover, given that housing is expected to last 50 years or more in cities that are meant to last for centuries, it raises questions about protection from future predicted climate change which is often invisible in favour of exploiting land values. Equally, the buildings’ lifespans and demanding environmental conditions of the harbour context are often compromised in the formal and material choices. Based on extensive literature, key criteria of sustainable residential harbour (re)development are identified and combined with three main environmental themes. Using analysis photographs, maps and section diagrams, this paper illustrates the above-described tensions, criteria and themes through an exemplifying case study. Unfolding how these issues can be overcome to create more sustainable living environments now and in the future.
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- sustainable architecture
- sustainable development
- waterfront development