Public open spaces are being provided in an attempt to play a catalytic role in urban regeneration of many waterside cities. They are often tied into aggressive city rebranding which seek to launch a new urban vision, away from an industrial city to an attractive, creative and dynamic environment to visit and live. While some cities have been successful in striking a balance between their spatial functions and social engagement with waterfront, others have failed. During this process, the urban waterfront itself has become synonymous with the idea of public open space. In reflection of this situation, Kop van Zuid - the most significant urban waterfront revitalization project in Rotterdam, is measured through the physical and social natures of the district in this dissertation. It triangulates several techniques, which include Literature review, Cognitive mapping and Site survey/Questionnaire in investigating both the physical and social attributes of the selected public open spaces in Rotterdam’s waterfront. By developing these, a perspective is formed for future waterfront transformations in relation with public open space through this dissertation. Ultimately the goal is to find spatial solutions to improve the vitality, connectivity and attractiveness of the public space in Kop van Zuid, transform the district into a strong, bustling heart of the region.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2013|