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The future of the hydro-generated metropolis: new projects for at-risk cities on the water
Clark, N. (2015). The future of the hydro-generated metropolis: new projects for at-risk cities on the water, in: Rodriguez, G.R. et al. (Ed.) Coastal cities and their sustainable future. WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, 148: pp. 37-47. https://hdl.handle.net/10.2495/cc150041
In: Rodriguez, G.R.; Brebbia, C.A. (Ed.) (2015). Coastal cities and their sustainable future. WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, 148. WIT Press: Southampton. ISBN 978-1-84564-9104. 331 pp., more
In: WIT Transactions on The Built Environment. WIT Press: Southampton. ISSN 1743-3509, more

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Keywords
    Climate change
    Motorways
    Urban development
    Urban planning
Author keywords
    coastal cities; environment; urban governance; community; planning for risk; waterfront development

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  • Clark, N.

Abstract
    Due to an inattention to the impact of human settlement patterns on the hydro-ecologies of many cities on water, the contemporary urban project often involves undoing the legacies of these past relationships while wrestling with the resultant environmental problems of the present. It is also our future and the inevitability of environmental changes that demands rethinking development of cities on water. Nearly ¼ of the world’s population lives within 100 km distance of the coast and over the next several decades we will see a continued surge in urbanization, much of it set to occur in coastal cities. This paper will explore new paradigms for water based settlements through a study of urban interventions on the Florida Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Historically Florida has been bold with its approach to creating and adapting hydro landscapes; from the desiccation of the everglades and the canalization of its interior to the feat of the Intracoastal Waterway itself. Our project builds upon these daring cultural landscapes of our past tempered with hindsight about the need for environmental stewardship and the use of natural values to improve urban health, the quality of life, and urban equity.

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