Some cities have long-treasured waterfront promenades, many cities have recently built ones, and others have plans to create them as opportunities arise. Beyond connecting people with urban water bodies, waterfront promenades offer many social and ecological benefits. They are places for social gathering, for physical activity, for relief from the stresses of urban life, and where the unique transition from water to land eco-systems can be nurtured and celebrated. The best are inclusive places, welcoming and accessible to diverse users. This book explores urban waterfront promenades worldwide. It presents 38 promenade case studies—as varied as Vancouver’s extensive network that has been built over the last century, the classic promenades in Rio de Janeiro, the promenades in Stockholm’s recently built Hammarby Sjöstad eco-district, and the Ma On Shan promenade in the Hong Kong New Territories—analyzing their physical form, social use, the circumstances under which they were built, the public policies that brought them into being, and the threats from sea level rise and the responses that have been made.

Based on wide research, Urban Waterfront Promenades examines the possibilities for these public spaces and offers design and planning approaches useful for professionals, community decision-makers, and scholars. Extensive plans, cross sections, and photographs permit visual comparison.

chapter |4 pages


part |2 pages

Part 1 An Assembly of Waterfront Promenades

chapter 1|16 pages

Vancouver’s Waterfront Promenade Network

chapter 2|18 pages

Classic Grand Promenades

chapter 3|41 pages

Beachfront Boardwalks and Promenades

chapter 4|30 pages

Riverfront Promenade Loops

chapter 6|13 pages

Promenades in the Shadow of Freeways

chapter 7|19 pages

Spectacle Promenades

chapter 8|20 pages

Eco-District Promenades

chapter 9|12 pages

Suburban New Town Promenades

chapter 10|11 pages

Promontory Promenades

chapter 11|7 pages

Classic Bridge Promenades 219 222

ByBrooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York, USA Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

chapter 12|13 pages

Incrementally Built Central Area Promenades 226

ByRibeira das Naus Promenade, Lisbon, Portugal

part |2 pages

Part 3 Designing Waterfront Promenades

chapter 13|20 pages

Designing for People and Place

chapter 14|10 pages

Meeting the Challenge of Rising Water

chapter 15|2 pages