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In the blog, Ryan introduced urban waterfronts’ role during industrialisation and de-industrialisation period.  We can see that most of the cities and towns in the world are built along waterfronts.  Cradle of civilisation were also situated along large river valleys. Adem raised a very interesting point focusing on the benefits of water as urban blue space.  This is also the point I would like to talk about.

Nowadays rivers and waterfront areas play a different role than in the past.  Many cities and towns no longer rely on the river to trade.  People may relate waterfronts to a place for leisure with good view.  Therefore, in order to revitalize and create sustainable waterfronts for the future, we should consider the effect of urban blue spaces’ benefits on people’s physical and mental health as well.

On the 2010 Green Infrastructure Implementation EC Conference, it was presented that Urban Green and Blue Spaces can serve same importance.  Their benefits include natural cooling, place for social, habitat preservation etc. (Smith, 2010) After all, making people healthier and happier is the final goal.  Green space has been well proven to “help us restock our mental energy after a day of knowledge work and keep our stress levels in check” by lots of environmental psychology research.  (Augustin, 2010)

There are some good examples shown on the online article “Great Waterfronts of the World” by Project for Public Space, with short descriptions talking about in what way those waterfronts wonderful places for people.


Reference

Augustin, S. (2010) Living near green spaces and blue spaces. [Online] Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/people-places-and-things/201009/living-near-green-spaces-and-blue-spaces

Smith, D. (2010) Green and Blue Space Adaptation in Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS). [Online] Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/ecosystems/docs/6_DS_GI_191110.pdf

Project for Public Space.  (2007) Great Waterfronts of the World. [Online] Available at: https://www.pps.org/reference/greatwaterfronts/

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