Rethinking the Blue–Urban Edge

  • Timothy Beatley
Part of the Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment book series (CGPEP)


Blue cities around the world are re-thinking their edges, as they must. New design and planning ideas include ensuring that the blue–urban residents have abundant physical and visual access to marine environments. New parks and shorelines are being designed to be more dynamic and multifunctional—projects such as the Dryline in New York City will at once enhance water connectivity, add public park space and urban nature, and provide for flood mitigation and resilience. There are new efforts, such as the Living Breakwaters project under way in Staten Island, to enhance ecology and connect residents to the water, while also enhancing the marine environment’s resilience. New initiatives seek to integrate marine biodiversity into the design of new shoreline structures in cities such as Singapore and Seattle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Beatley
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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