Great waterfront renewal is key to balancing economic growth and environmental recovery, writes Jeremy Farrington
As planners, we must recognize that our cities and our economies are fighting on many fronts. In 2021, the World Economic Forum identified environmental degradation as the top long-term risk and failure of climate action as the second most likely threat to growth. Cities are already experiencing a significant reduction in green and blue zones, as well as increases in temperature, water, air and soil pollution, drought, flooding, overcrowding and pollution. sea level rise.
A concern I see expressed by most governments, policy makers, planners, developers and investors – especially in rapidly urbanizing cities – is that without a holistic approach to growth that incorporates resilient design, they face two interrelated challenges. First, how do they promote economic growth and employment, ensure environmental protection and deal with climate change? Second, how do they develop urban infrastructure, transport and services that improve urban life and sustainability, while preserving the norms and values typical of their region?
Driven by pioneering programs in countries like Singapore and Vietnam, the use of green infrastructure is driving an integrated approach to sustainable design, reducing the risks posed by climate change and improving the quality of life for all.