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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

LAST UPDATE, July 14, 2021
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Architectures performed and informal uses in the redevelopment of the port of Münster


While, since the end of the 80’s, the big European capital cities (London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam) transformed their dismissed harbours through the instrument of masterplan, trying to give to the regeneration issue a well organized and planned answer, in Münster the evolution of the waterfront (still not complete) happened with no overall vision or aesthetic co-ordination.

The southern parts of the big harbour areas are nowadays partly abandoned but used and interpreted in free, spontaneous, informal ways by the citizen.

This dialectic relationship between formal and informal could become a strong suggestion for the future urban renewal of the city harbour.



Münster; Port areas; Urban redevelopment; Architectural and urban recycle; Waterfront.




PhD, Research fellow, Department of Architecture, Building, Conservation, Iuav University of Venice.


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