Is it still possible to design public urban areas that are simultaneously meaningful on the levels of both large scale infrastructure and the local urban fabric? City and Port presents a study of urban design and plan development practices in London, Barcelona, New York and Rotterdam.
Is it still possible to design public urban areas that are simultaneously meaningful on more than one level of scale: on the levels of both large-scale infrastructure and the local urban fabric? This question lies at the heart of City and Port. The book presents a study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century urban-design and plan-development practices in four port cities. Han Meyer analyzes conditions for urban planning and the discipline1s ability to design public areas that can play an intermediary role between networks on various scales. Port cities form a rewarding framework for a study of the ability to design intermediate areas. All four port cities discussed here have old harbor areas which are being reorganized. These areas can be seen as an excellent laboratory for new experiments that focus on designing a link between large-scale infrastructure and urban fabric. The significance of such experiments extends far beyond the harbor areas themselves. Han Meyer, former planner of the Rotterdam waterfront, teaches urban planning at the Delft Technical University.