The development of urban waterfronts and pedestrian-friendly public space is hot topic among today’s city planners and urban designers. Whether creating anew or reviving a historic area, it’s become clear that a city’s connection to its natural surroundings offers benefits for both the health of its citizens and its economy. The BBC takes a closer look at the recently redeveloped Shanghai Bund and how it has transformed into a destination hot spot for locals and visitors alike.
Formerly known as Asia’s center of commerce and a thriving cultural hub in the early 20th century, the Bund went through a period of disuse for decades. The redevelopment by Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, now NBBJ, restored the waterfront to its former glory by bringing life back into the area by creating safer pedestrian paths and plazas, incorporating landscaping and pavilions, widening the promenade, and burying six lanes of traffic underground.
“Unlike the Bund of the late 19th and early 20th century, which had a reputation for exclusivity, modern developments have made the historic waterfront more universally accessible, opening the area to a wider demographic and providing a natural center to a modern city.”