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Tribute to Ann Breen
In the River Action Inc. Eddy
Center Celebrates 36th Birthday
and the 30th Annual Awards Program
33rd Annual International Conference
The Waterfront Center was founded on May 1,
1981, almost 4 decades ago and we pause to thank
everyone who has supported us over all these
years. Plus we want to also acknowledge the
people from all over the globe we have met at
our conferences and in our consulting practice.
We hope many of you will join us in Yuma,
Arizona for our 33rd international conference on
waterfront planning, development and culture,
January 25-27, 2018. Yuma Crossing National
Heritage Area is the co-sponsor.
Urban Waterfronts 33: WATER: The Defining Force
- Challenges for the 21st Century will
be headquartered at the Hilton Garden Inn and
Conference Center. A block of rooms has been set
aside at the rate of $139. The hotel overlooks the
Colorado River and has a pool. An optional all-day
pre-conference workshop will also be offered
Thursday January 25.
Excellence on Waterfront Awards Program was
initiated in 1987 to recognize top quality
waterfront projects and plans. This year's
ceremony/mini-conference, reception and gala dinner
will take place September 8 at the Churchill Hotel
in Washington, D.C. Details will soon be featured on
the website. We will plan a special gala in honor of
the program's 30th anniversary.
The deadline for submittals: postmarked June 30,
Planetizen's site I noted a job opening of
possible interest to waterfront folk: Director of
Planning at Boston Harbor Now.
(email@example.com). Boston Harbor Now
is a relatively new non-profit bringing together two
long-standing non-profits: Boston Harbor Islands and
The Boston Harbor Association. Kathy Abbott is the
executive director. Their address is 15 State
Street, #1100 Boston, Mass. 02109.
in city news? Check out firstname.lastname@example.org and
you'll find lots of tidbits.
Waterfront Center Board Member News
David Benn sent this along: The partners and
principals of Cho Benn Holback + Associates are
pleased to announce that we are joining the
acclaimed architectural firm of QuinnEvans
Architects, effective May 1. Established in 1984,
Quinn Evans is known for its award-winning civic,
cultural, educational, and commercial building
portfolio, with particular expertise in historic
preservation and community revitalization. CBH+A
will operate as Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans
Company, and we will remain in our N. Charles Street
Fran Hegeler has joined SWA Group as corporate
director of marketing and communications in their
Bay Area office. Fran has served on our board from
when she worked for Wallace Roberts and Todd in
Philadelphia and later when she joined AECOM in San
Francisco. She can be reached at
Al Copp and Dick Wagner - in Memoriam
I am sad to report the waterfront world has lost
two more stalwarts. We honor their lengthy careers
dedicated to waterfronts.
Al Copp was a major figure with a distinguished
waterfront career in Baltimore working as a planner
and president of the Charles Center-Inner Harbor
Corporation.More recently he was a serious
winemaker. His wife, Laurie Schwarz, is head of the
Waterfront Partnership and was on hand to get the
top honor for the Water Wheel. See obituary
Dick Wagner, founder of the Center for Wooden
Boats on Lake Union in Seattle, was a real pioneer
in maritime education and wooden boats - their use
and the craft of building them. The Center's
educational programming was far-reaching. See
HERE. He and his wife received a well-deserved
Clearwater Award. Go
HERE and enter Wooden Boats into the search box
for more detail.
Late April 2017
Important Marches Coming Up
Saturday, April 22 Earth Day and March for
Saturday, April 29, People's Climate March
Earth Day and
March for Science are joining forces for
events all around the country. We are hoping
many of you will turn out in your
community/region or here in Washington where a
monumental crowd could well assemble.
We received notice from the Environmental
Defense Fund and the Adirondack Council to join
them on April 29. To register visit:
edf.org/climatemarch or call 800 684 3322.
Looks like there will be events not just in
Washington but throughout the country.
BOSTON - Plans Afoot for "Jawdropping Park"
Our good friend Charlotte DeWitt from Boston sent
us this link about plans for major new public space
around the harbor. Boston was one of the early
pioneers in the waterfront phenomenon and they just
keep on rolling on. A non-profit group
Trustees of the Reservations plans to spearhead
this ambitious project.
another of those pioneering waterfront cities, just
staged a nine-day
Festival of Light, Music and Innovation (March
31-April 8). So when the aforesaid Charlotte emailed
that she wanted us join her in Charm City to
experience the festival, how could we resist.
We were only able to get a very small taste of
this highly ambitious
event now in its second year. Commissioned
artworks by artists from around the world could be
found mostly along the ART WALK around and near the
Inner Harbor. Of course there was food, drink,
music, stuff for children, educational programming
and loads and loads of people. The real magic begins
as darkness falls and the interplay of light and
water comes fully to life. However pieces like this
one installed around the pedestrian bridge between
the Piers 3 & 4 by Belgian artist Tom Dekyvere using
illuminated nylon fabric was awesome even in
daylight, but after dark it was spellbinding
especially with the music accompaniment. It reminded
me of "cat's cradle" (remember that childhood game?)
String sculpture by
Belgian artist Tom Dekyvere
'NEW WATER MUSIC'
Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana
Ever ones to try a little waterfront adventure
-- when we spotted a notice of a "nautical visual
presentation" of composer Yotam Haber's "New
Water Music" to occur Saturday evening April 8
we ventured to an area of New Orleans we had never
been to. Thousands were on hand to witness the
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and hundreds of
musicians perched on a flag-bedecked rusting old
barge and several tents along the shoreline play the
haunting piece. Lots of flags, headdresses, colorful
sashes and costumes rounded out the scene.
One of the many musicians arrives for the
Orchestra leader conducts from a perch high
above the water
Decorated shrimp boats were hired to perform a
Part of the Shrimp Boat Ballet
The non-profit New Orleans Airlift artistic
director Delaney Martin oversaw this unusual
An intriguing installation of fishing nets
hanging from the underside of an overhead
highway provided visual interest plus play space
for kids and backdrops for selfies.
number of exhibits were set up by non-profit groups
involved in coastal/environmental/working
waterfront issues. Nearby food trucks and bar were
jammed. Our only quibble with this truly unusual
undertaking was that the crowds were partying (hey
its New Orleans) a bit much, drowning out the
ability to really hear the music as we imagine it
was meant to be heard. We only hope the event was
recorded and could be played on a big screen
Not sure what King George I who commissioned
Handel's Water Music would have thought or
whether the folks who flocked to the banks of
Thames in 1717 were rowdy as well.
EXCELLENCE ON THE WATERFRONT AWARDS DEADLINE
JUNE 30, 2017
HERE for details and entry forms
Important Earth Day Coming Up - Saturday, April
double header is in the offing up and it's not
Earth Day and
March for Science are joining forces for events
all around the country. We are hoping many of you
will turn out in your community/region or here in
Washington where a monumental crowd could well
assemble. It may well be the women's march squared
and that was unforgettable.
Trump's budget and related actions are
disastrous for all of us who cherish
environmental values and sound waterfront
planning, development and culture. An historical
footnote: When Dick and I worked for Dept. of
Commerce/NOAA/Coastal Zone back in the day we
wrote booklet called "Improving Your Waterfront:
A Practical Guide" published in 1980. We
compiled information on some 28 federal programs
that offered assistance to localities and we
know that waterfronts all across the national
availed themselves of some of these grants and
loans. Many of these programs/agencies face
elimination or severe cutbacks. Very often the
imprimatur of receiving a federal grant helped
generate other sources of revenue. We need to
try to save as much as we can. Let your voices
be heard. At the end of this blast is a portion
of a letter we wrote to a Washington Post
reporter about the value of National Endowment
for the Arts.*
Philadelphia's Waterfront - Patience Pays
a native Philadelphian, when we first started the
Center in 1981 and visited the waterfront there, I
have to admit, the experience was less than
wonderful. It was severed from the downtown by 17
lanes of highway (talk about an obstacle!) and
Penn's Landing bunker-like architecture and
detailing lacked luster.
from ambitious programming that breathed life to it
on weekends, little occurred. But in the past ten
years or so things began to stir. In 2007 the
University of Pennsylvania's PennPraxis produced a
series of forums and published a Civic Vision for
the Central Delaware that received a Clearwater
award from us. In 2008 the Delaware River Waterfront
Corporation published a Master Plan for the Central
Delaware. The Corporation also recently invested in
three Excellence on the Waterfront award-winning
gems: Morgan's Pier, WinterFest and Spruce Street
Harbor Park which have all been featured in past
newsletters. You can check these projects out on our
Now after decades of lagging behind, the
waterfront is poised for a huge breakthrough. I
feel as if there should be a big drum roll:
Mayor Kenney recently announced a $90 million
plan to cover the highways between Walnut and
Chestnut Streets and create a $225 million park.
The 3-year construction is scheduled to start in
2020. Philadelphia will at long last gain a
beautiful centerpiece park and a literal toe
hold on the Delaware River!
Penn's Landing park capping
Camden - Prison to Public Realm Plus Much More
the river from downtown Philly, sits the Camden
riverfront which had a waterfront park back in the
'80s, an aquarium, kids play area, a ferry and a
battleship museum. It also had - along with many
other waterfronts - a state prison.
Former New Jersey State Prison in Camden NJ
In 2009, the prison buildings were torn down to make
way for a four-acre park which the
State Economic Development Authority will
This park is only a small part of the picture:
EDA president also said the agency wants to take
advantage of recent developments: a
groundbreaking for the new American Water
headquarters, under construction; the Liberty
development, which includes proposed housing,
restaurants, and a hotel; and a proposal last
week by three major South Jersey firms,
including the insurance brokerage Conner Strong
Buckelew, to build a $245 million office complex
there. So there are big things in the works on
both sides of the river!
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Deadline:
June 30, 2017
HERE for details and entry forms
Waterfront Center Indebted to NEA - a Bit of
While NEA is the most popularly known for its
funding: theater, fine and applied art, literature,
film, dance, opera, orchestras and the like -- all
of which are very important to us as a nation. BUT
I don’t think people are aware what an extremely
diversified mission it has had. This a very
important point to drive home. The Center is a case
in point. Our mission is about urban planning,
design and execution, helping communities and
educating them about the tools they need to
accomplish the complex and lengthy process of
improving their waterfronts, balancing the economic,
ecological, social, recreational and aesthetic
The Waterfront Center was founded as a
non-profit educational entity on May 1, 1981 --
35 years ago and counting. Its mission has been
-- and is still today -- to help communities
make the wisest uses of their waterfront assets
in the long-term public interest, through its
We owe a great debt to the NEA that funded
three early projects of ours.
Three grants ranging from $5,000-$7,500
grants from the Endowment served as critical
seed money, affirmation and recognition in our
formative years that enhanced our credibility
nationally. The programs/research the Endowment
funded have had long-term impacts as outlined
below. Big bangs for little bucks!
Waterfront Center’s Annual International
Since 1983, the Waterfront Center has hosted the
premier annual waterfront conference that has
brought together thousands of attendees from all
parts of the country/world who are interested in
learning more about current practices and
initiatives. What distinguishes the Center’s
conferences is that the presenters and attendees
are by and large practitioners -- the “doers”
that make waterfront transformations happen. The
Endowment funds assisted us in launching this
meeting and the publication of the proceedings.
• Excellence on
the Waterfront Awards Program
In 1987 with a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts, The Waterfront Center
established the “Excellence on the Waterfront
Awards Program.” This is the only awards program
that recognizes top-quality waterfront work
around the world. Over 400 projects, plans,
citizen’s effort and student work have been
recognized for their achievements. The
Waterfront Center is close finishing inputting
all the annual award winners from the past years
into a unique searchable database that is posted
on its Web site and thus freely available to
• Caution: Working Waterfront: the Impact
of Change on Marine Enterprises
(The Waterfront Press: 1985) Ann Breen and
A third NEA grant helped support the research,
writing and publishing of a monograph describing
the importance of retaining what the authors’
termed the “working waterfront.” The issue is
still very current where the pressure of the
marketplace is driving up waterfront property
values that threaten small marine enterprises
such as boatyards, commercial fishing docks and
marinas. A related advocacy stand of the Center
is the felt importance of retaining, or
interpreting, components of the industrial past,
put to new uses if the industry has closed. Old
gantry cranes and a host of other artifacts
have been incorporated in many waterfront
Start to Make Your Plans
JOIN US IN YUMA, ARIZONA!
Hard by the Colorado River.
Last month co-directors Breen and Rigby
travelled to Arizona to advance the meeting planned
for next January. They conducted a community
workshop there over twenty years ago and were amazed
at the changes. Charlie Flynn, executive director of
the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, our
co-sponsor squired Ann and Dick around and they met
with staff to begin lining up events for the
meeting. They came away enthused about introducing
the waterfront community to a new part of the
The Waterfront Center’s 33rd Annual
January 25-27, 2018.
In cooperation with the Yuma Crossing
National Heritage Area.
“Challenges for Waterfronts in the 21st
Too Much Water or Too Little?”
The conference will feature two simultaneous
tracks with 12 speakers each, plus opening
reception, keynote presentations and conference
luncheon. Lots of fun optional social events are
Track One: Featuring the Colorado River’s issues
past, present and future.
Track Two: Featuring an array of speakers and
topics covering the national and international
urban waterfront scene.
On Thursday, January 25 an optional
workshop, will include an all-day in-depth
briefing about Yuma’s amazing riverfront
transformation and a field trip to the Imperial
Dam passing through the vast areas where from
November to March 90 percent of the country’s
leafy greens, including lettuce, are harvested.
A glimpse of what you’ll see and learn about:
Wetlands Park, 400 acres cleared of invasive species
and replaced since 2004 with over 200,000
cottonwood, willow and mesquite trees. Features a
3.5 mile hiking trail.
the trail a glimpse of the historic Ocean to
Ocean Bridge seen through the trees
Sunrise Point Park, developed by the Quechan
Indian Tribe, overlooks a restored marsh and 40
acres of native cottonwoods and willows.
From this vantage point you get a appreciation
for the wide open spaces with the mountains in
Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza, marking the
exact spot where the first train entered the Arizona
Territory in 1877. Features a large steam
locomotive. Preserves the concrete pivot on which a
bridge turned to allow steamships to pass.
Pivot Point plaza gently slopes towards the river
Intrepretive signs explain the history of the area
1907 Baldwin Steam locomotive is located on the
exact spot where the first train entered the
Arizona Territory in 1877
Wetlands Park, site of the former city dump, being
converted into a 110-acre riverfront park, including
a lake, boat launch, beaches, hummingbird garden
and”Castle Park” built with design ideas of local
Shake off the winter blues: Yuma is the sunniest
spot in the U.S. – average January temperature: 70
Yuma is steeped in the history of the old West
and lots more to see and learn about including:
• Historic Quartermaster Depot is a beautifully
landscaped state park with 19th Century adobe
structures. The depot’s spacious storehouse will
be the venue for our Friday Gala Dinner - a
colorful Mexican feast with mariachi music.
Quartermaster Depot Grounds
Quartermaster Depot Wagon
TheTerritorial Prison, state historic park opened in
1876 and housed over 3,000 prisoners. The
stone-walled cell blocks will be the site of a
special candlelit dinner Thursday night.
• Medjool Yuma Date Festival all day Saturday Jan.
27, 2018, on Main Street. Enjoy a delicious “date
• Saguinetti House, Museum and Gardens – 19th
Century adobe home, historic site and gift shop
downtown on Madison Ave.
• Lutes Casino is Arizona’s oldest pool hall with
eclectic décor and great southwestern bar food.
• Three National Wildlife Refuges can be found in
the greater Yuma area.
Fish and Wildlife Refuges Near Yuma
1987 - 2016
Powerpoint presentation of the Top Honor
Excellence on the Waterfront Award Winners
The Center is
pleased to announce
that this powerpoint
over 300 images of
top honor winners
was featured at the
in Auckland, New
November and is now
able to be viewed on
for making this
everyone. He is
also the person
close to all of
the winners - to
date a universe
of well over
300. So, if you
want to delve
more deeply into
any of the top
general read the
provinces and at
least 33 states.
and we thank
those friends of
the Center who
See Awards Entry
If you want to catch up on what's new in the New York region's waterfronts this is the meeting for you. For more information go to the Waterfront Alliance's website. Varied rates with an early bird at $120 that ends 3/15. Government and non-profit rate is $75.
Upper Mississippi River Conference
River Action, Inc., an organization many of you may remember from our joint conference in the Quad Cities several years ago, held their annual meeting this past October to address issues raised by America's Watershed Initiative Report Card for the Mississippi River watershed. Participants at the meeting were challenged to come up with action items for each of the following goal areas:
Ecosystems, Flood Control and Risk Reduction, Transportation, Water Supply, Economy, Watershed-wide indicators and Recreation. It should be noted that the Upper Mississippi basin received a grade C which was the highest of the River's sub-basins. This 10-page report outlines the priority objectives identified to "raise the grade." One action recognized by every sector was the need for education and outreach. An update on the Action Agenda will be given at the 2017 Upper Mississippi River Basin Conference. You can download the report from River Action's website.
Whether he sees his shadow or not, February
2 signals spring is not so far away which is
always cause for a celebration
on the Waterfront Awards DEADLINE
Postmarked by June 30, 2017. see
website for details.
2017 Awards Ceremony, Winning
and Gala Dinner
will hold the Awards Ceremony and Reception at The
Churchill Hotel in Washington, D.C. September 8,
2017. An optional gala dinner will follow. Our 2016
attendees really enjoyed the 20-minute presentations
by the winners to give more insights into their work
so we will repeat this format. Details will be
updated and posted.
Postcard from the North of North Island, New
Prior to joining up with the WaterEdge Symposium
in Auckland last November, co-directors Breen and
Rigby were joined by long-time board member, Charley
Norris who was game to drive us all on the wrong
side of the road to re-visit places we had been to
together over twenty years ago. We had fond memories
of these towns and should your travels take you to
this northern most part of the country we recommend
visiting them as well as the fantastically beautiful
Bay of Islands.
Whangearei. our first stop, is located on
the Hatea River and has a charming redeveloped
Town Basin waterfront that is even nicer than it
was on our first visit. Shops, cafes, bars and
restaurants enliven the scene. One waterfront
perch tempted us to stop for a pint of good Kiwi
Charles Norris and Dick Rigby and a Kiwi Beer
New to us was the expanded, extensive river walk that includes public art
installations, interpretive signage and lovely plantings. One sees a group of
warehouses behind park-like setting at the start of the walk close to town
Warehouses Behind the Park
Do's and Dont's on the River Walk
River Walk Sign
River Walk Seat and Art Installation
A new pedestrian bridge with sail-like shade structures makes a loop walk
possible and doubles as a place to hold events like this Saturday Flea Market.
En route to and from Whangarei we stopped at a
very inviting Welcome Center. Not only did they have
tons of tourist information and helpful people,
there was a small shop, an indoor and outdoor cafe.
attractive restrooms had baby changing facility and
a place to shower. Attention to detail is evident in
this handsome red security gate and the etched glass
roof celebrating the pongo or silver fern tree.
Those fronds and tree trunks are actually steel
Etched Glass Roof
other small town is the somewhat isolated Russell that is popular with tourists
who flock by ferry from nearby Pahia. Back in the 1830s this peaceful, charming
place was full of swashbuckling whalers and sealers with the reputation as the
"Hell Hole of the Pacific." You'd never guess it now. We enjoyed our return to
the Duke Of Marlborough restaurant expanded and much-refurbished. A terrific
meal and view of the water were thoroughly enjoyed on a fine spring-like
evening! Definitely worth the trip.
Russell Waterfront Beach
Russell Main Street
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Center is pleased to announce that Bill Wenk, landscape architect and
principal of William Wenk Associates Inc. of Denver, Colorado will be our
2017 jury chair.
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program
The deadline for
submittals: postmarked June 30, 2017. Details, guidelines and application
forms can be found
will take place at the end of July and winners will be notified in early
everyone a happy turning of the year. Celebrate this day of little light with
lots of candles and winter feasting today and in the coming weeks. To all our
waterfront colleagues and friends: a very merry, happy holiday season!
you contemplate you year-end charitable donations, please keep the Center in
mind. We have lots of exciting projects including
documentary, Waterfronts Re-Born;
• the interactive
database on the website;
• the 30th (!)
Annual Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program;
• the 2018 33rd
Annual International Conference on Waterfront Planning and Development in
Yuma, January 26-27;
• and organizing
and sorting the image and print archive.
We need your help
to accomplish this important work as look forward to our 36th anniversary in
Thank you for
you continued interest and support of the Center.
Mid December 2016
Reborn Trailer Now on the Web Site
Trailer for the planned hour-long documentary film is now up on our
web site. The 12-minute film executed by the documentary filmmaker Jon Dann
features Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas in particular the new Buffalo Bayou
Park. The Park received an Excellence on the Waterfront honor award this year,
The Center and the film team our currently considering 4-5 other cities as case
studies for inclusion in the full length film and are actively fundraising.
Waterfronts Reborn will soon have its own page to encourage donations and keep
you updated. Pictured below is a portion of the walkway with the imaginative
night lighting that follows the moon phases from blue to white during each
month. Note that these light fixtures can withstand the severe flooding the
Buffalo, New York Rejuvenation
you don't already subscribe to City Links, we
recommend it as a good source of urban information. HERE is
a link to a recent very upbeat story.
We absolutely love the idea that embraced the old
silos rather than tear them down. So many cities
over the years have destroyed them. Bravo!
Breen recalls going on waterfront business in 1979 and hearing the then mayor
talk about his vision for the waterfront. Several plans and attempts to fulfill
a waterfront dream over the years have occurred but it seems at last to
have come true! Center awarded a plan "Horizons Waterfront Acton Plan" in
1993 and more recently in 2009 "Erie Canal Harbor Project." Visit the interactive
database and enter Erie Canal
into the Search button to learn more about the 2009 project.
Ring, ring, ring in he joy of the season. Just a
reminder to not forget the Center as you make your
We appreciate any help you can give us. Wishing
you and yours a joyous holiday! Below is a miniature
waterfront scene that is part of Philadelphia's
Morris Aboretum's extensive magical model train
exhibit to delight children of all ages.
Annual International Conference
The Waterfront Center is planning the 33rd
Annual International Conference on Urban Waterfront
Planning, Development and Culture on
January 26 -27, 2018, Yuma, Arizona.
In collaboration with Yuma Crossing National
Heritage Area."Challenges for the Waterfronts in the
21st Century: Too Much Water or Too Little?"
Optional pre-conference workshop featuring Yuma
Crossing, January 25.
Conference headquarters: Hilton Garden Inn on the
Consider the Waterfront Center for Your
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday I am
sure you have been besieged. We would like to throw
the Center's hat in the ring as you begin to think
about your annual contributions to the non-profit
With so many
projects ongoing, we need your help:
• The Documentary
Film - the trailer of Waterfronts Reborn will
soon be on our website. We are beginning to
fundraise for the hour-long version.
• The Interactive
Data Base of the Excellence on the Waterfront
Award Winners - close to being finished. It is a
unique resource freely available on our
• The 30th Annual
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program.
Details will be available in January.
Thank you in
advance for any contribution. Send checks
Auckland, New Zealand
November 15-17, 2016
Breen and Rigby ventured to Auckland for the Water Edge Symposium a few weeks
ago. Our hosts from Panuku Development went all out to achieve a stimulating
assembly of participants from around the world.
The Waterfront Center was amply represented with Barry Hersh, Joel Mills,
Charles Norris and Mke Krieger. We met old friends, made lots of new
acquaintances and certainly broadened our knowledge about waterfronts.
only was it a productive meeting professionally, but Panuku also made sure we
had a really fun time from the traditional Maori welcoming ceremony and festive,
chef-prepared lunch to the very special gala dinner complete with Maori
dancers, a string quartet and a talented opera singer to entertain us. The food
selections were outstanding. The Center premiered a powerpoint of the Excellence
on the Waterfront top honor winners from 1987 - 2016 that ran continuously
during the dinner and was well received. We plan to put this show up on our
website so others can enjoy.
The Waterfront Center Presentation
The Waterfront Center
Co-sponsoring Water Edge Symposium
Auckland, New Zealand
Ann Breen and Dick
Rigby will be showing a powerpoint featuring the 50 top Excellence on the
Waterfront top honor winners 1987-2016 at the wind-up gala dinner.
Excellence on the
Waterfront Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner
On October 21 all ten
Excellence on the Waterfront award winners came to Washington to accept their
awards and also made 20-minute presentations to an appreciative audience. They
were feted at a festive gala dinner.
29th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
October 21, 2016 - Churchill Hotel, Washington,
HERE for details. There is still time to
sign on and be part of an exciting meeting and
EPA's Office on Water Announces Grants
EPA has awarded $1.3 million to 22 organizations in
18 states to revitalize urban waters and surrounding
Visit water headlines to learn more.
Summer may be over but some folks are busy planning
ahead to increase swimming opportunities on their
The Charles River Conservancy a non-profit based
in Boston recently raised $25,000 through the
Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help install a
permanent swimming pool in the Charles River. See
HERE for details
The Brooklyn Bridge Park installed a highly popular
pop-up pool on Pier 2. The pop-up will be continued
for another season to allow time for the park to
come up with a permanent facility. The article
referenced The Floating Pool which was docked on the
Brooklyn waterfront in 2007. It was the brainchild
of one of our founding board members, Ann
Buttenwieser who received an Excellence on the
Waterfront honor award in
for the project.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Popup Pool
Alliance's September 30
Waterwire ran a article in their newsletter
about ambitious plans to install large water
filtering pools in the river to give New Yorkers
plenty of chances to jump in. The project, +POOL was
conceived by Ding-Ping Wong who hopes that within
four years the concept can be fully tested, the
funds raised and come into being realized.
We were saddened to
learn of the recent
death of a great
supporter of the
Not only did he
our conferences, he
spoke at a number of
them and received
four Excellence on
the Waterfront Honor
awards including Top
Honor for the
restoration of the
Delaware Aqueduct in
He was a partner in
the New York firm,
Beyer Blinder Belle
noted for their
In 1991 the firm
received an honor
award for their work
on the Ellis Island
In 1995 the New York
was recognized and
in 1998 the firm
received honors for
a Governors Island
Land Use Study.
New York State
Land Use Study
base to learn
more about all these
projects The firm's
work on Grand
Central Station was
John Belle was an
unassuming and very
gentle soul. We were
privileged to have
We were equally
sorry to hear of the
Bing Thom's death
earlier this month.
Anyone who has
and ventured down to
Arena stage in
recent years has
seen how he
theater complex into
the space. And for
those of us who love
river views, the
enormous windows in
the lobby area
enable visitors to
gaze out over
Bing Thom's firm won
two honor awards
from the Center. In
1990 the beautifully
designed False Creek
Wharf is very nearly
in the waterfront as
the building is
tucked under a
bridge in downtown
another genial soul
was on hand at the
conference in 2005
to receive his award
for the Trinity
River Uptown Plan
for Fort Worth,
Trinity River Uptown Plan
Late September 2016 Newsletter
29th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront
Mini-Conference, Awards Ceremony and
Friday, October 21, 2016
1:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The Churchill Hotel
1914 Connecticut Ave. NW,Washington, D.C.
All ten Honor
Award winners will be on hand to receive their
awards and make presentations. Go
HERE to check out the program and sign up. It
is a real bargain at $50.00 and includes the
Gala Dinner Celebration in Honor of 2016 Winners
and the Center's 35th Anniversary. This optional
event is described on the website and promises
to be a exciting evening. Dinner at 8:00. 2101
Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC.
Indianapolis Uses Creativity to Focus on It's
Indianapolis through the Center for Urban
Ecology and public artist Mary Miss/City as Living
Laboratory has launched a terrific program that
merges sciences and the arts to foster understanding
and appreciation of the six waterways running
through the city including the White River. Some of
you may remember Mary Miss who made a presentation
at our annual conference in 2011 in New York.Her
work is also integral to Honor Award Winners:
South Cove in Battery Park City (1993)
Historic Third Ward Riverwalk in Milwaukee
Visit her website: marymiss.com
to learn about extensive career and work.
Streamlines.org to learn more about the
Indianapolis program that engages the public
through visual arts; dance/movement; poetry and
music to peek people's interest and curiosity about
the many aspects of improving their waterways and
engage in the science of water systems. Many events
are held to engage the community.
Chicago's New Riverwalk to Get Addition:The
ambitious six-block portion of the Riverwalk along
the Chicago River designed by Sasaki and Ross Barney
Architects won an honor award this year and the
project will be presented October 21 at our
exciting innovation will be part of the addition
called the Jetty to be opened in October. Underwater
structures designed to provide fish habitat were
inspired by similar features constructed in the Port
of Rotterdam and made possible by a $175,00 grant
from the Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Besides the
Sasaki fish-focused features, submergent wetlands
will be incorporated and attract birds and insects.
Mid September 2016 Newsletter
HEAR FIRST HAND FROM OUR 2016 AWARD
WINNERS! Friday, October 21, 2016
1:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Churchill Hotel
1914 Connecticut Ave. NW
the 29th annual Excellence on the Waterfront Awards ceremony and program are in
for a very informative and festive mini-conferenc - at a bargain rate - $50.00
including the awards reception. Go to www.waterfrontcenter.org to see a line-up
of our stellar speakers and sign-up information.
Information on the
optional Gala Dinner that evening celebrating the 2016 honorees as well as the
Waterfront Center's 35th Anniversary can be found there as well. We will be
debuting the trailer for the planned documentary film "Waterfronts Reborn"
during the evening. Filmmaker Jonathan Dann will be on hand.
Jon Dann on location in Houston on the banks of the
Buffalo Bayou, subject of the trailer.
HOTEL SPECIAL RATE CUT-OFF IS SEPTEMBER 19.
NOTE: previous communications gave wrong phone
number. It has been corrected below.
We have blocked a number of rooms at the hotel from October 20 - 23 at special
rate of $169 s/d or $189 for Jr. Suite. The cutoff is September 19. Make your
reservations directly with hotel to make sure we get credit towards the block:
202 797 2000 and mention you are with The Waterfront Center. The rooms have been
Thanks again to our 2016 Jury
shown here hard at work.
Left to right: Werner Plessl, Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada; Kim Mathews, New York, NY; Ray Gastil Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jury
Chair, Charlie Flynn, Yoma, Arizona.
ANNUAL UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER CONFERENCE
"Raising the Grade"
October 13-14, 2016
Our friends at River
Action are doing it again. Two days of a fulsome program dealing with a wide
variety of watershed issues. And the annual catfish fry is always fun!
Conference Hotel: Radisson in Moline and conference is at the iWireless Center a
close walk to the hotel. Contact: riveraction.org/umrc for more details and
Early September 2016 Newsletter
Jane Thompson 1927
The waterfront and design worlds have lost
one of their bright lights. Jane had a rich and
varied career -- much of it spent devoted to
waterfront planning and development. With her
husband, Ben Thompson, their firm, Benjamin
Thompson & Associates, they opened a number of
"festival marketplaces" that had captured cities
imaginations. Faneuil Hall in Boston,
Harborplace in Baltimore, South Street Seaport
in New York, Bayside in Miami. See the New York
In 1993 Jane chaired our Excellence on the
Waterfront Awards Jury that took place in
Barnstable at Ben and Jane's summer place. The
jury was memorable not only for the Thompson's
hospitality but also the beauty of Cape Cod and
notably the fact that it was an all-woman jury.
Working as principal of Thompson Design
Group she undertook an extensive master plan for
the Buffalo Bayou in Houston. We worked with her
and the team on the community participation
aspect in the early days. Houston experienced a
devastating flood while they were in the midst
of the planning. Jane then had to study up and
become an expert in flood issues. The Master
Plan for Buffalo Bayou & Beyond received an
Excellence on The Waterfront honor Award in
2002. She and her partner Pratap Talwar worked
on master plans for Chicago's Navy Pier, Long
Branch, New Jersey and Cleveland's North Coast.
Jane gave presentations at a number of our
conferences, the last being in Washington in
2012. We were privileged to have known her as a
friend and colleague for many, many years. She
was a brilliant, forthright individual, her
interests were far ranging but apart from
her highly professional side, she was
slightly irreverent and lots of fun
to be around. We will cherish our memories of
dinners and parties together and her wonderful
We will be dedicating our October 21st
Mini-conference and Awards Ceremony to her
memory. It is most fitting that the Buffalo
Bayou Park will be receiving Top Honor. We are
only sorry she won't be hand for the
29th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront
Announcment and Mini-Conference
October 21, 2016
1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Churchill Hotel
1914 Connecticut Ave. NW,Washington, D.C.
We have blocked a number of rooms at the hotel
from October 20 - 23 at special rate of $169 s/d or
$189 for Jr. Suite. The cutoff is September 19. Make
your reservations directly with hotel to make sure
we get credit towards the block: 202 297 2000 and
mention you are with The Waterfront Center. The
rooms have been recently renovated.
SIGN UP FOR THE CONFERENCE TODAY ONLINE
OR E-MAIL email@example.com
OR CALL 202 337-O356 AND WE CAN TAKE YOUR
1:30 Welcome Remarks and Water
Tribute to Jane Thompson
2:00 Announcement of Excellence
on the Waterfront Honor Awards with
presentations by the winners about
their projects following acceptance
of the award.
Charles Flynn, executive director,
Yuma Crossing National Heritage
Area, Yuma, Arizona, presiding
Confirmed speakers as of
Ernst Trail Group, Meadville City,
Vernon Township, Pennsylvania.
• Chicago Riverwalk/ State Street to
Chicago, Illinois, Representative
from Chicago Department of
• Daylighting the Saw Mill River,
Van der Donck Park
Yonkers, New York, William Kuhl,
principal, Saratoga Associates, New
York, New York
• Menomonee Valley Industrial Center
and Community Park
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, William Wenk,
principal, Wenk Associates, Denver,
Prinicipal Riverwalk Pump
Joshua Baker, substance
architecture, Des, Moines, Iowa.
• River Forest Island
BaJiZhou, Changsha, Hunan Province,
China, Xiao Zheng, principal, SWA
Group, Chula Vista, California
• St. Patrick’s Island Park
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Barbara
Wilks, principal, W Architecture &
Landscape Architecture, Brooklyn,
Sunset Park Material Recovery
Brooklyn, New York, Representative
from Selldorf Architects, New York,
• The Rockaway Boardwalk
Rockaway, Queens, New York, Project
Manager and Architect
• A Vision for the Willamette Falls
Legacy Project – Top Honor Plan
Oregon City, Oregon, Mike Zilis,
principal, Walker Macy , Portland,
• Buffalo Bayou Park - Top Honor -
Houston, Texas, Scot McCready,
principal, SWA Group, Houston, Texas
6:00 Champagne Reception to
Celebrate the 2016 Honorees
7:30 Gala Dinner honoring the
2016 Winners and the Center’s 35th
August 2016 Newsletter
2016 EXCELLENCE ON THE WATERFRONT AWARD
CONGRATULATIONS to one and all
We are pleased to announce this year's winners
selected by our interdisciplinary jury that met in
Cape May, N.J. July 29 and 30. We publicly thank
them for generously giving of their time and
We also thank all of those who submitted
entries. As is always the case, much good work
was not selected this year but we will be
encouraging folks to re-enter in 2017 - our 30th
The 2016 Jury: from l-r: Ray Gastil, planning
director, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania; Kim Mathews, principal, Mathews
Nielsen Landscape Architects, New York, New York,
Charles Flynn, executive director, Yuma Cross
National Heritage Area, Yuma, Arizona, jury chair
and Werner Plessl, executive director, Hamilton
Waterfront Trust, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
NEW FOR 2016! Since the the October 21st awards
event is being expanded to half a day so the
attendees will not only witness the awards ceremony,
but also hear first-hand presentations by the
winners, we decided to publish the list to give you
a sneak peak. Several of the winners have already
responded that will attend and present. We will give
a list of the presenters in future blasts and list
them on the web site. This promises to be a very
interesting mini-conference. A champagne reception
will wind up the day at The Churchill, a boutique
hotel on Connecticut Avenue.. Fee will include
conference attendance and the reception.
Mini Conference details can be found HERE and
a sign up form HERE.
The 2016 “EXCELLENCE ON THE WATERFRONT” awards
program, organized by the non-profit Waterfront
Center of Washington, D.C., features 10 winning
entries from a universe of 48, plus one citizen’s
award. This year’s jury, meeting in July in Cape
May, N.J.. made two Top Honor selections. They are:
Vision for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project
City of Oregon City, Oregon, Top Honor Plan.
Submitted by Ken Pirie, Walker Macy, Portland,
Oregon, and Chritina Robertson-Gardiner, City of
Oregon City, Oregon.
Houston, Texas, Top Honor Project. Submitted by
Kinder Baumgardner, SWA Group and Anne Olson,
Buffalo Bayou Partnership, both Houston, Texas
Honor Awards in alphabetical order:
Riverwalk/State Street to LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois. Submitted by Gina Ford,
Sasaki Associates Inc., Watertown, Massachusetts
and Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney Architects,
Chicago, Illinois, and Michael Claffey, Chicago
Department of Transportation, Chicago.
the Saw Mill River, Van der Donck Park
New York. Submitted by William Kuhl, Saratoga
Associates, New York, New York and the Mayors
Office, City of Yonkers, New York.
Valley Industrial Center and Community Park
Wisconsin. Submitted by William E. Wenk, Wenk
Associates Inc., Denver, Colorado, Dave Misky,
Redevelopment Authority of the City of
Milwaukee, and Corey Zetts, Menomonee Valley
Partners, both Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Riverwalk Pump Station
Moines, Iowa. Submitted by Paul Mankins,,
substancearchitecture and Pam Cooksey, City of
Des Moines Engineering Department, both Des
Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Submitted by
Xiao Zheng, SWA Group, Laguna Beach, California
and Xi Yun, Xiangjiang New City District
Administration Commission, Changsha, Hunan
Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction
Queens, New York. Submitted by Jonathan
Goldstick, CH2M and Dan Colangione, New York
City Economic Development Corp., both New York,
Patrick’s Island Park
Alberta, Canada. Submitted by Civitas, Inc.,
Denver, Colorado, W Architecture & Landscape
Architecture LLC, Brooklyn, New York. and
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Calgary,
Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
New York. Submitted by Annabelle Selldorf,
Selldorf Architects, New York, New York., and
Tom Outerbridge, Sims Municipal Recycling,
Brooklyn, New York.
Ernst Trail Group, Meadville City, Vernon
Township and Union Township, Pennsylvania.
Formed in 1995, volunteers have worked to
establish a recreational trail including a
covered bridge built mostly with volunteer
Serving on the 2016 jury were:
• Charles Flynn, executive director, Yuma Crossing
National Heritage Area, Yuma, Arizona, jury chair.
• Ray Gastil, director, Department of City Planning,
• Kim Mathews, principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape
Architects, P.C., New York, New York.
• Werner Plessl, executive director, Hamilton
Waterfront Trust, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
SIGN UP TODAY ONLINE
OR E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
OR CALL 202 337-O356 AND WE CAN TAKE YOUR
The Waterfront Center’s
29th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront
Half-Day Conference, Awards Ceremony and
October 21, 2016
1:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Churchill Hotel
1914 Connecticut Ave. NW
NEW FOR 2016! We are excited to announce that the
October 21st awards event is being expanded to half
a day so the attendees will not only witness the
awards ceremony, but also hear first-hand
presentations by the winners. This promises to be a
very interesting mini-conference. A champagne
reception will wind up the day at The Churchill, a
boutique hotel on Connecticut Avenue. A press
release announcing the winners will be mailed out in
early August and the names of the presenters posted
on our web site. Charles Flynn, executive director
of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma
Arizona, this year’s jury chair, will preside. Fee
will include conference attendance and the
Dinner Honoring the 2016 Winners
and Celebrating the Center’s 35th
Be the First to See the “Trailer” for
2101 Connecticut Avenue NW
EXTRA SPECIAL! Gala guests will be the very first to
see the trailer for the documentary film,
“Waterfronts Reborn” that the Center is producing to
celebrate it’s anniversary. The filmmaker and
producer Jonathan Dann has worked at the highest
levels of network broadcasting (NBC. CBS, PBS, CNBC,
A&E), collaborating with some of the most respected
names in the business. Jonathan will be on hand to
help introduce the film. Plans are afoot to create
an hour-long documentary highlighting the urban
waterfront phenomenon in general with four-to-five
case studies. The trailer features the dramatic
transformation of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston.
We have blocked a number of rooms at
the hotel from October 20 - 23 at
special rate of $169 s/d or $189 for Jr.
Suite. The cutoff is September 19. Make
your reservations directly with hotel
to make sure we get credit towards the
block: 202 297 2000 and mention you are
with The Waterfront Center. The rooms
have been recently renovated.
The hotel is conveniently located
between two Metro stations (Dupont
Circle and Woodley Park/ZOO), and served
by a number of buses. Taxis run up and
down Connecticut Avenue a lot.
Optional 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner will take
place in a private room at the historic 2101
Connecticut Avenue apartment building in Washington,
Late June 2016 Newsletter
AWARDS SUBMITTAL DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2016
Update on Waterfronts Reborn
The trailer for our proposed documentary film is
well underway. Jonathan Dann, our producer, is
working away and will go back down to Houston to do
a bit more filming. We give everyone a heads up to
join us October 21st in Washington for the 29th
Annual Excellence on the Waterfront Awards half-day
program featuring presentations by the winners, the
ceremony itself, the champagne reception and the
optional Gala Dinner. The trailer will be previewed
for the first time and Jonathon will be on hand for
all to meet. Details well be forthcoming on our
website and in these e-letters.
Houston’s Buffalo Bayou – a Showcase of Public
e-letter we gave you a snapshot tour of the
Buffalo Bayou as it weaves its way through downtown
Houston. Along with the lush vegetation, flora and
fauna, the miles of hike and bike trails, attractive
pavilions and street furniture, the Bayou affords an
opportunity to discover a variety of public art
Below we give an idea of what you may encounter
as you meander through:
It Wasn’t a Dream,
It was a Flood by John Runnels, 2014
Serving as gateway entry points these stainless
steel canoe sculptures can be found at various
eastward bayou access points.
Passage Inacheve by Linnea Glatt and Francis
This piece takes the form of a house but is
completely open to the elements on all sides and is
constructed of galvanized steel. Visual images
highlight issues of human rights, freedom of
expression and historic and contemporary concerns.
Spindle by Henry Moore, 1979
The cast bronze abstract sculpture was
originally part of the artist’s Spindle series
placed in London’s Hyde Park.
Tolerance by Jaume Plensa, 2011
meditative human figures representing the seven
continents of the world are composed of stainless
steel alphabet letters from many languages. Resting
on large boulders, quite visible from the roadway,
the figures glow at night.
Monumental Moments by Anthony Thompson Schumate,
“Listen” is one of a series of four-foot tall
sculptures. The single word thoughts – Explore,
Pause, Reflect, Listen, Emerge and Observe – are
placed in unexpected areas along the bayou walkways.
Down Periscope by Donald Lipski, 2015
Through the Down Periscope, visitors can peer
into the 87.500-square ‘ Cistern, a former City of
Houston drinking water reservoir renovated by the
Partnership. The Periscope can also be accessed
online from anywhere in the world
Seven Wonders by Mel Chin, 1998
These 70’ pillars dramatically enliven the
wall of the Wortham Center that houses Houston’s
Ballet and Grand Opera facing the bayou.
Hundreds of Houston school children drew
pictures representing: Philanthropy, Medicine,
Energy, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technology
and Transportation. These images were laser cut
into stainless steel to form these giant
interpretive sculptures that glisten in the sun
by day and are dramatically lit up at night.
of a number of interpretive photo plaques
encased in the perimeter fencing in the 22-acre
Sesquicentennial Park dedicated in 1986 along
the Bayou next to the Wortham Center.
Designed by L’Observtoire and artist Stephen
Korns, Buffalo Bayou’s signature lighting
transitions from white to blue as the moon waxes
and wanes. It is not for nothing that Houston is
the home of NASA and this imaginative and
magical lighting pays tribute to that fact.
CHRISTO’S Newest: Floating Piers
Speaking of public art: Christo, who with his
late wife Jean Claude, were famous for unfurling
yards and yards of fabric wrapping all sorts of
things opened his newest project on Lake Iseo in
Italy’s Lombardy region. “The Floating Piers” is a
two mile walking connecting two small islands to
each other and the mainland. (New York Times,
Saturday June 18, 2016 by Elisabetta Povoledo:
Christo’s Latest Feat: Walking on Water”).
The project will be free to the public until July
3. It was to have been open 24 hours but officials
had to close the installation nightly due the
massive crowds – more than 350,000 people had
already converged as of June 22 or so.
Many may remember Christo and Jean Claude’s 1983
Islands in Biscayne Bay in Miami. What must
be miles of brilliant pink fabric surrounded 11
islands contrasted with the bright blue water and
made for quite a sight. The
pits the bold orange walkways against the gray-blue
water of the lake. The bay piece was more fluid and
playful while the lake piece is geometric and
abstract. However 'walking on the water' must be a
- Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
Deadline - July 1, 2016
- A Remarkable WaterFire Experience
- Harriet and Al Saperstein Celebrate
- Recent Article of Interest in LAM
on the Waterfront Awards Deadline - July 1, 2016
To truly comprehend WaterFire in
Providence, Rhode Island one must fully
appreciate the transformative intervention that
occurred there, namely: the River Relocation,
Riverwalk and Waterplace -- without which there
would have been no "stage" for the spectacle.
Bill Warner , the architect behind the
project was a great friend of the Center and
made several presentations at conferences and
workshops. The project was awarded an
Excellence on the Waterfront Award in 1994. I
quote H.L. Parker who wrote at the time
architect William Warner's death:
Unforgettable WaterFire Experience!
Talk about the right man at the right time.
William Warner was the architect and planner who
saw the big picture — the really big picture —
back in the 80’s when downtown Providence was a
shabby dump. He could see that if we just pulled
up the parking lots, pulled down the railroad
bridges, redirected some rivers, moved a highway
we might we might actually have something here.
If the devil is in the details Warner must have
sold his soul because every footbridge,
lamppost, railing, arch, pier, balluster and
bollard has been designed and integrated into a
glorious whole. Nothing is ordinary. Everything
is lovely and graceful. According to the
...in April 1981 at Blue Point, a former
oyster bar on North Main Street. A group of
then-young architects, including St. Florian and
Warner, disgruntled at what they saw as a lack
of inspired planning at Providence’s City Hall,
sketched what became the layout of Providence’s
rivers on a linen napkin. See illustration
below. “I went home and forgot about it,”
St. Florian said. Warner didn’t. Ultimately,
with work by engineers, politicians and
officials at all three levels of government, the
rivers were moved and parks and river walks
built along them.
riverfront and Waterplace Park could have been just
another crumby, slapdash hodgepodge of individual
projects, shoddy building materials, kickback
scandals, and conventional design, but the vision of
this one man led to something inspired and
transcendent. Thank you William Warner.
WaterFire is the brainchild of artist Barnaby
Evans What was conceived to have been a one-off
performance piece is now a well-loved tradition
on the Providence waterfront. It received an
honor award from the Center in 2006. Evans and
WaterFire International have created
interpretations of WaterFire for a number of
cities around the world, the first was in
Houston, Texas to celebrate the opening of an
early portion of the Buffalo Bayou park in 1998.
As it happens, we featured the Buffalo Bayou
story in a
recent blast LINK In another coincidence,
WaterFire was set alight for two nights on the
Tiber in 2013, from Ponte Sisto to Ponte
Navona. See previous newsletter about the latest
mural project of the group Tevereterno
on the Plaza Tevere in that same area.
On May 28 we, along with Dick's daughter and
granddaughter, found ourselves in Providence and
at the invitation of Barnaby Evans, creator and
artistic director of WaterFire, we found
ourselves helped into one of the boats that
weave their way around the braziers, were asked
to pull on black tees and help light the fires.
As we set off through the river and saw all the
people lining the river edges, I could not help
but shed tears thinking what Bill Warner had
done for his city: embodying the best urban
waterfronts have to offer, namely belief in the
magic of water, the importance of a beautiful
and a welcoming public realm enabling people to
joyfully congregate. Indeed, the indelible
experience will remain with me. And so I echo
the sentiment: Thank you William Warner - and
thenk you Barnaby Evans!
boats loaded up with logs that will feed the
fires along with captains and volunteer crew
Evans welcoming everyone and giving direction.
costumed performer lends a flavor of Venetian
The Flotilla sets out to weave their way among
along the riverfront.
Co-director Dick Rigby lighting one of the
with music in the background, an unforgettable
spectacle of water and fire!
WaterFire's website for more information
and the schedule of performances.
Saperstein's Celebrate Sixty Years!
Harriet and Al Saperstein recently joined
their family and friends in Cape May, NJ to
celebrate a special wedding anniversary. So we
were lucky to have had a wonderful evening with
them as they wound up their visit. Pictured
below: Dick Rigby, Harriet, Ann Breen and Al.
Harriet and Ann met in 1978 at a conference in
Hamilton, Ontario and have been friends ever since.
Harriet devoted much of her career with the Detroit
Department of Recreation to revitalizing the
Riverfront there, raising many, many grants to help
fund early park projects including Hart Plaza and
Chene Park. Harriet has been a very loyal and active
member of the Center's Board of Advisors, given
numerous speeches at conferences over the years and
undertaken consulting assignments.
Landscape Architecture Magazine June
Features a 1993 Excellence on the
delighted to read a recent articles in LAM
("Still Here" by Jane Margolies, pp. 102-116)
featuring the 30-year old South Cove in Battery
Park City, a 1993 Honor award winner. From the
outset, South Cove was a stunning yet intimate
piece of waterfront. To quote from author Jane
Margolies in the piece:
"South Cove -
conceived at a time when the shoreline was a
no-man's land - helped spark New York's
rediscovery of its waterfront. It gave those who
lived and worked in Manhattan a toehold on the
river. It pioneered technical innovations and
design features that influenced the development
of parks and waterfront spaces up and down the
Hudson and indeed all around New York."
era there was a movement afoot to make public
artists integral to the design process. And so
South Cove was a result of an interdisciplinary
collaboration between landscape architect Susan
Child of Child Associates, Boston, architect
Stan Eckstut, Eckstut & Kuhn Associates, New
York and New York public artist, Mary Miss.
May 2016 Newsletter
Houston's Buffalo Bayou
Glimpses of this Stunning Transformation
In 1999 -
17 years ago - Anne Olson, executive director to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership,
hired The Waterfront Center to undertake some spot consulting. While they had
accomplished the handsome Sesquicentennial Park and had a thriving cultural
district nearby, the miles of the Bayou and its banks were overgrown, bleak and
bedraggled. Only intrepid "river rats" would venture down. A few snapshots from
the time show that this was less than a spectacular space.
A rudimentary walking trail in place at the time
Partnership subsequently commissioned a full-scale master plan, hiring the
Thompson Design Group of Boston as their consultant. The landscape design was
undertaken by the SWA Group of Houston.
ago, Center co-directors went to Houston to meet up with Jonathan Dann, the
executive producer of our planned documentary: Waterfronts Reborn, to begin
shooting the short trailer that will come first. Its case study will focus on
the transformation of the Buffalo Bayou. See our home page for more details on
Jonathan and the project. Anne Olson and her team were extremely helpful taking
us all around to see what has been accomplished and help arrange logistics.
After our first day touring, we
were amazed - to say the least - at the transformation. Buffalo Bayou is a
stunning, nearly 10-mile, multi-acre piece of public realm running through the
heart of Houston for its citizens to enjoy. The park is lush with vegetation;
has lots of trails and pathways for multiple users; a variety of public art
pieces; visitor centers, pedestrian bridges connecting both sides of the bayou;
a dog park and nature areas.
The images below will give
only a glimpse of what is to be seen. A subsequent newsletter will highlight the
Buffalo's Bayou's lush green contrasts sharply
with Houston's dramatic skyline
One of the many locational maps to be found
throughout the park. This one near the Water Works
Directional sign near the access ramp that takes
visitors up to the shaded porch on the second floor of the Wortham Insurance
Note the balustrade design carried out through most of the park
The Visitor Center houses rest rooms, information
office and bike rental and was designed by Page Architects of Austin.
The Lost Lake with Visitor Center in the background
and beautiful plantings in the foreground
The Lost Lake Visitor Center houses a restrooms,
paddle boat rental and the popular Dunlavy - a fun spot where we enjoyed lunch
with Anne Olson
Boating on the Bayou - a popular pastime
One of the pedestrian crossings popular with
cyclists, joggers and walkers
One of the major park entrances - this one to the
Sabine Promenade. A glimpse of local artist John Rummel's stainless steel boat
sculptures can be seen at the top of the stairs. Several versions of the boat
sculptures welcome visitors at park entrances throughout the park
Sighting of a heron near Sesquicentennial Park.
Birds, ducks, butterflies, and dragonflies are among delights to be spotted
A fun discovery was this homemade
sign accompanying the handcrafted birdhouses made by students of the University
of Houston Downtown situated close by on the Bayou. Quite a number of them were
found dangling in the grove of trees close to bayou and the University
May 2016 Newsletter
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
Deadline for 2016 Submittals: July 1, 2016
here for program details and entry
A Monumental Mural along the Tiber
In early October we shared images of our
walk along the Tiber in an
e-blast where we noted the graffiti and
signs of neglect that we
observed. Sadly this historic riverfront has
long been overlooked. But recent developments
bode very well for the future. Artist Kristin
Jones and creative group of people have founded
Tevereterno that plans to reinvigorate this
ancient waterfront. They have adopted an area,
Piazza Tevere, located between Ponte Sisto and
Ponte Mazzini to be the site for artistic and
cultural happenings to focus awareness on the
To quote from an article by Corielia Lauf:
"To call Kristin Jones stubborn is an
understatement. A decade ago, the American
artist carpet-bombed Rome with plans for a
frieze of monumental figures to be executed on
the walls of the Tiber, with a novel technique
of water-based dirt removal over stencil,
leaving the silhouettes shining through the
cleaned surface lines. She succeeded, and with a
mix of grit and optimism, began a long campaign
to salvage the Tiber banks, an area prone to
human degradation and the frequent rise of this
mythic but polluted river. Her figures were
inaugurated with a party and procession, and
thus was born a public art space on the Tiber."
The group now has a 19-year lease on the
Tevereterno's latest accomplishment is
artist William Kentridge's impressive
1,640-foot-long mural "Triumphs and Laments,"
that features a procession of 80 silhouetted
figures from mythology, history and modern
times. It so happened that our friend, art
historian Richard Spear was in Rome for the
celebration and agreed to let us share his
photos with you. For more detailed information:
"Locating William Kentridge's Massive Mural in
the Roman Landscape" and Elizabeth
Povoledo's article in the New York Times (April
" A Roman Legion of Volunteers Retakes the
If your travels take you to Rome by all means,
descend one of the many steep stairways to
experience this extraordinary public artwork. We
sure would. Who knows you might run into a
happening as well.
photo credit Richard Spearh
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April 2016 Newsletter
Excellence on the Waterfront –
Ten Reasons to Enter!
Get your waterfront project/plan worldwide
The winning entrant and their project or plan:
• are announced at a ceremony in Washington,
D.C. on October 21, 2016, attended by
practitioners like yourself;
• are asked to give a short presentation of your
undertaking, with images;
• are celebrated at a champagne reception that
• are treated to a gala dinner in a private room
for winners, jurors and past winners;
• are included in a special illustrated 16-page
booklet that you receive with your certificate;
• are featured on the Center’s website showing
images of the ceremonies and the winners
accepting their awards, and
• are also included on the Center website’s
interactive database that will soon depict the
nearly 400 + projects that have won awards since
1987 – a unique resource freely available to
Your award is then announced to the following:
• The Center’s press list of 600+,
• An e-mail list numbering in the thousands,
and included in a special e-blast devoted to the
2016 Excellence on the Waterfront award winners.
Entering is simple: a two-page narrative that
addresses judging criteria and 20 images. That
is all that is required! Additional information
such as articles, endorsement by local
officials, additional photos are welcome,
provided they fit into a three-ring binder.
Full details here and
entry form here on our Web site.
DEADLINE: POSTMARKED BY JULY 1,
An interdisciplinary jury of varied geography
and city sizes will convene in Cape May, N.J.,
in July. They will spend a full day-and-half
reviewing the entries and selecting a limited
number of winners. In most years, a Top Honor
project and Top Honor plan are picked.
As the saying goes, you’ve got to take part to
left to right: Jeff
Parks, ArtsQuest Foundation, Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, the 2015 Jury Chair presenting the
top honor award to Laurie Schwartz,
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Steve
Ziger, Ziger Snead both of Baltimore for the
Water Wheel. Looking on is Charles Flynn,
Landscape architect, Kim Mathews, Mathews
Nielsen, New York, who received a 2015 honor
for West Point Foundry Park making a
presentation to the assembled attendees.
Winners being feted at the 2015 Gala Dinner
in their Honor.
April 2016 Newsletter
Stanford 1927 - 2016
Norma and Peter Stanford
were saddened to hear of the death of Peter Stanford, a stalwart of the maritime
preservation world, on March 24 at the age of 89. We were privileged to know
this visionary, courageous person. He dedicated his life to historic vessels and
the maritime preservation field. He was one of their leading lights.
See the New York Times obituary. Among his significant accomplishments,
along with his wife, Norma, was founding the South Street Seaport Museum;
championing the effort to save the South Street Seaport District;
Historic Vessel Docked at one of the piers
Some of the historic fabric found in the Seaport precinct
Peter Stanford co-founded the National
Maritime Historical Society
co-founder of the National Maritime Historical Society, their headquarters were
first located at Fulton Ferry Landing -- not far from Olga Bloom's Bargemusic;
and oversaw their publication, Sea History.
he was known for sleuthing,
finding and rescuing battered historic vessels and transforming them into
visitor attractions; working with disadvantaged youth teaching them maritime
skills; instrumental in founding the World's Ships Trust and co-founder
Operation Sail 1976 - the breath-taking event that brought tens of thousands to
waterfronts up and down the east coast - treating them to the magnificent
parades of sail but also first hand glimpses of the nascent waterfront
The Spectacular Parade of Sail in New York Harbor during OpSail '76
People jammed onto one of
the many boats from which to get a closer look
Readers of this
newsletter may recall we reviewed he and Norma's
book, "A Dream of Tall Ships," that can be found on
The Center was actively involved with many
members of the maritime preservation community
in our early years and we did a lot of
networking with Peter. In 1984, we conducted a
workshop, where Peter was a major speaker and
moderator at two sessions devoted to the
subject. We enjoyed attending a number of his
meetings. He was a great leader, a dynamic and
forthright speaker and a wonderful, unique
character in every sense of the word. The
maritime community globally will miss him.
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
We are pleased to
announce our 29th interdisciplinary jury who
will convene in Cape May, New Jersey in late
July. As always, we are grateful for these
individuals to volunteer to give of their time
executive director, Yuma Crossing National
Heritage Area, Yuma, Arizona, jury chair
Kim Mathews, principal, Mathews Nielsen
Landscape Archtiects, P.C., New York, New York
Werner Plessl, executive director, Hamilton
Waterfront Trust, Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Mason Sears, president, SF Marina Systems,
USA, Portland, Maine
Charley Flynn, jury chair, pictured here served on the 2015 panel
Reminder: Deadline for
submittals is July 1, 2016
Save the Date: October 21, 2016
Awards Event Expanded, Washington, D.C.
The 29th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront
Awards Ceremony will be expanded to include a
half-day mini- meeting. We will announce the
winners in August and plan to have each winner,
as they able to attend, make a 20-minute
presentation on their award-winning work. This
builds on last year's experiment with much
shorter presentations. This new format we think
will make for an exciting afternoon. Stay tuned
to the website for further information on
registration. The Ceremony will be followed by a
reception as usual and an optional gala dinner
celebrating not only the 2016 winners but the
35th Anniversary of the Waterfront Center.
The Excellence on the Waterfront
We -- or mostly
Stewart -- are definitely coming down the mountain with only 8 years left to
input! The end is in sight. So we are 21 years down. There are almost 2000
images available for folks to
explore. This is an amazing resource so if you know people interested in
the waterfront phenomenon, let them know of this unique record of over 28
years of award-winning projects, plans, citizen efforts and student work. We
thank again those of you who donated to this project a number of years back.
All help was greatly appreciated. Digitizing the slide collection alone was
no mean feat.
We thank again
those of you who donated to this project a number of years back. All help
was greatly appreciated.
February 2016 Newsletter
received news that the legendary Bay Area activist died earlier this year at the
age of 99. Sylvia who received a Clearwater award in 2002 and was a familiar
face at a number of our annual conferences. She also served as an Excellence on
the Waterfront juror in 2004. Sylvia is pictured below at our 24th annual
conference in Portland, Oregon along with a delegation from Kitakyushu, Japan
who were receiving a Clearwater award given to the Tobata Women's Association
for their inspirational: Women's Quiet Battle for Blue Sky and Clear Water.
left to right: Mituko Izaki, Tobata Women's
Association, Miyoko Morofugi, Waterfront Environment,
Honorable and Mrs. Koichi
Sueyoshi, Kitakyushu, Japan, Sylvia McLaughlin and Ann Breen.
her colleagues were credited with
saving the San Francisco Bay
and helping to gain passage of the legislation that led to the Bay Area
Conservation and Development Commission. She was very supportive of the Center
and we are grateful to her for her advice. We will all miss her.
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Deadline and
year's deadline for submittals is July 1, 2016. Details on the program and
registration forms can be found on our website
announcement and presentation of the awards will take place on October 21, 2016
at The Churchill Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year's event will be more like a
half-day conference. Registration will begin at 1:30. After accepting their
award each winner will give a 20-minute presentation about their project or
plan. A reception honoring the winners will follow at 6:00. The optional gala
dinner will top the evening off. Details will be found on the website in March.
Excellence on the
Waterfront Interactive Database
Stewart McKenzie, we are well over half way to installing all of the Center's
awards made since 1987!. We urge you to try using it! For example you can type
in Sylvia McLlaughlin, Oakland or Kitakyushu and you will see what's there about
those Clearwater awards.
Jack London Square, Oakland
summer we were visiting Oakland and took the occasion to re-visit Jack London
Square, one of the true pioneers in the waterfront redevelopment phenomenon.
This mixed use commercial work undertaken by the Port of Oakland was formally
dedicated in 1951 and needless to say has changed over time.*
been to Oakland and Jack London Square on a number of occasions over the last 30
or so years --including conducting a community workshop there in 1995 and
holding our annual conference in there in 2000. Sandy Threlfall of
won a Clearwater award for the Junior League Study cited below as well as for an
interactive map project spearheaded the local committee.
Our impression from many years ago was of an isolated, rather sterile
environment, due in no small part that an active rail that separated the area
from the city, plus its distance to the core of Oakland. However, the iconic
container cranes that inspired George Lucas (Star Wars) have lent real drama
close the scene for many years.
current atmosphere of
Jack London Square is vastly different. The cafe and restaurant scene is
bustling, lots of boating and marinas, waterfront walkways, two hotels, a busy
outdoor market, tons of events, shopping and entertainment and a very attractive
and colorful streetscape, along with public art. Also there is a shuttle bus
that takes you to the downtown and ferry service to Fisherman's Wharf in San
Francisco and Alameda, increasing accessibility. Below we offer snapshots from
the present with a few from the past.
not go to the Heinhold's First and Last Chance opened in the 1880's - if you can
squeeze in. First visit there was only the indoor option. Today you can sit
outdoors increasing the options.
The outdoor cafe scene is greatly expanded and enhanced.
Marina on the waterfront offers fuel, showers, berths/tie-ups, showers and an
attractive public restroom on the ground floor. These sorts of facilities are
often less than attractive which makes this a standout. The restroom is also
convenient for walking or biking the Bay Trail which runs along most of the edge
of the waterfront here.
say the improvements in the public realm have played a major role in
re-invigorating the now 61-year-old Jack London Square. No dowdy dowager this.
Flower Power! Kudos to the maintenance staff. Note the bicycles climbing up the
*References: Arthur Cotton
Moore et. al. : Bright Breathing Edges of City Life. 1971 and The Waterfront: A
Study Report of the League of Women Voters of Oakland. 1993
January 2016 Newsletter
2016 Excellence on the
Waterfront Awards Program
for Submittals is July 1, 2016 (postmark). Details and application forms are up
on our website here.
SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Awards
Ceremony, Reception and Gala Dinner: October 21, 2016, Washington, D.C. Details
on the program and social events to follow.
Regent's Canal - A Wintry
Regents Canal, once an industrial workhorse, has undergone a major
transformation. Thirty or so years ago it was little more than a towpath, where
anglers set up their stools, bikers and walkers used it but not in huge numbers.
It was slightly unkempt with butterfly bushes, wildflowers and weeds along the
banks where narrow boats tied up. Things have been gradually changing and in
December when we ventured from King's Cross Station down to the canal, we came
across offices, housing, cafes, restaurants and a very popular walking/biking
trail. Below are some images we wanted to share as the sun was beginning to set
around 2:00 in the afternoon. It was the only sunny day we had in two weeks in
England! Visit here for more information and very sunny photos!
One of the sights was a first for us: a book barge, "Word on the Water." It is
moored at the base of amphitheater-style seating so one can imagine performances
that may be held at the base of the steps. We wished we weren't on a schedule so
we could have had a look inside!
Public art enthusiasts won't be
disappointed as evident from the big and little fish we discovered as well as
this sweet "shhhhh" poem.
One of the great features of this
9-mile canal is its abundant flora and fauna aptly described on an illustrated
interpretive sign. We were lucky to come across the real thing when these swans
and birds came into view. Further along was another sign explaining floating
The images below give you an idea
of the built environment -- from spanking new offices/apartments, to renovated
older buildings and infill. Have no clue about the Roman columns -- historical
reference or maybe an Italian restaurant in the works. We could not get close.
Plus, you spot the typical and often very colorful narrowboats that enliven the
Our meander was interrupted by
the Islington Tunnel where we had to exit and save further sections for another
trip. Dick seen examining the helpful way-finding signage.
Late October 2015 Newsletter
Awards ceremony and
reception, Friday, November
The Churchill Hotel,
Countdown to 28th
Awards Gala Dinner Friday,
November 6, 2015
2101 Connecticut Avenue,
An Oh WOW
one of the
Ann Breen to
and she took
of the plant
Some 20 years later, Jeff, now retired executive of
ArtsQuest, invited Ann and Dick Rigby to collaborate
on a project in nearby Allentown. This gave them the
golden opportunity to finally see the spectacular
SteelStacks Jeff had shown in his presentation at
Urban Waterfronts 27 in Seattle.These colossal
ironworks could have been left to in ruins are now
the iconic centerpiece of an 11-acre arts campus
that opened in 2011. Over a million visitors have
enjoyed over 1,750 performances of all kinds in the
various venues. The Musikfest has grown up and is
the largest free music event in the country. While
SteelStacks today is not technically a waterfront
project per se, it is so fabulous, we had to share
this story with you and encourage you to visit
ArtsQuest web site to get more information and
imagery. Below are some photos to give you a taste
of the visit to help you appreciate Ann and Dick's
enthusiasm for this remarkable achievement.
Rigby and Jeff Parks, founder of ArtsQuest
and now with ArtsQuest Foundation
examine one of
the attractive interpretive signs about
the blast furnaces.
YSteelStacks version of the 'high line'
enables visitors to get up close with these
about patina - every photographers dream
Visitor Center skillfully joins the old with
the new. The interior houses numerous
an area to
watch film, a souvenir shop also houses
ample restroom facilities used during
the many events
handsome multipurpose center houses,
performance spaces, 2 movie theaters,
food vending and function rooms.The
orange steel balcony pays homage to
is the color of choice because Bethlehem
steel was used in the construction of
Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
takes "Food Truck" to a new and different
level - This food vending operation adjacent
to the concert venue,
the history of Mack Trucks that were
manufactured in the area for years.
Harbor House -
Open to the
Public after 127 Years!
mentioned waterfront restaurants since back in the
day we had a print newsletter but this is certainly
a special case. Anyone who has trooped around the
tip of Manhattan has no doubt seen this once vacant
historic pier structure jutting out into the harbor
and wondered if anyone would ever fix it up. The
building was slated to be demolished in the 1960s
but lack of funding put that plan on hold.Thanks to
our board member from Sydney, Di Talty, (pictured
below) we learned that it had been rejuvenated,
opened as a restaurant and we met there recently for
a memorable lunch.
The 1884 building, placed on the National Register
in 1975, has been restored - and beautifully so -
into a fantastic eating/drinking emporium with
drop-dead views of New York's harbor and the Statue
of Liberty. Two long, long bars take up the first
floor with raised table seating for pub food along
the windows. The pier's apron is outfitted with
picnic tables and umbrellas which must be very
well-used in good weather. Historic maps, prints
and memorabilia are displayed throughout. The second
floor is devoted to fine dining and private events
as well as two handsome bars at either end. One can
get a very clear view of the Merchant Mariner
Memorial pictured below. So, if you are down Battery
way, stop in for a beer and oysters downstairs or
wine and dine upstairs in style. Visit:
Mariners Memorial by the sculpter Marisol
Escobar was installed in 1991.
pound installation as seen through one
of the many windows in Pier A.
Speaking of Food....
Anthony Bourdain Has Plans for New
York's Pier 57
As described in a Sept. 30 article in the New
York Times, "Parts Now Known," the peripatetic
culinary guru plans to create megamarket for
international cuisine for about 100 of retail and
wholesale food vendors to be known a Bourdain
Market. It is envisioned as akin to Pike Place
Market in Seattle. Reporter Florance Fabricant
mentions that a public park is planned for the roof,
to be home to the Tribeca Film Festival for several
weeks each year. The Hudson River Park Trust is
planning a restaurant on the roof. Promises to be a
Early October 2015 Newsletter
Awards Ceremony and Gala
• EPA Grants Program Seeking Proposals
• Postcard from Rome
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner
Friday, November 6.
OCTOBER 6 is the Deadline for special
rates at the Churchill Hotel. Act today. Call 202
797 2000 and ask for
The Waterfront Center rates. It is not too late to sign up for great
rates at the historic Churchill Hotel on Connecticut Avenue.
Also, visit our
web site to get the sign up
form for the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner. OR: CALL US AT
202 337 0356 and give us your
details and credit card number. OR you can send a check to
Waterfront Center, PO Box 53351, Washington, DC 20009. Rates are as
Awards Ceremony and Reception $30.00
ala Guest $100.00
Combined Ceremony and Gala
We are working with jury chair, Jeff Parks, to make this an extra
special awards ceremony with expanded coverage of the winners.
Champagne reception follows and the multi-course dinner including
wine held across the street promises to be a very festive
waterfront social occasion.
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s Urban Waters Small Grants program
is currently requesting
Under this announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants
for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and
environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address
urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce
multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved
communities. Note that proposed project activities must take
place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as
illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters
Small Grants mapping website at http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters
The total estimated funding
available for awards under this competition is approximately
$1.6 million. EPA expects each award to range from $40,000 to
$60,000. EPA Regional Offices will award the cooperative
agreements resulting from this announcement. It is anticipated
that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to
three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon Agency
funding levels, the quality of proposals received, and other
Postcard from Rome
With the East Coast still
dismantling barricades from Pope Francis's visits to Washington,
New York and Philadelphia, it seemed apt to share a few photos
taken along the ancient banks of the Tiber in August. We have
been trooping along the Tiber every time we have visited Rome
over the last 25 years. Usually we would be nearly the only
souls walking on the sidewalk above the river, never mind on the
embankments below. This year we found a new tourist brochure
touting the Tiber and its attractions including tour boats,
nightclubs and the like. We opted to make our way with
Trastevere neighborhood as our destination. The sidewalk that
sits about 40' above the river along the busy Lungotevere is
lined with sycamores that provide welcome shade and lush green
canopies that gracefully drape over the walls down to the
embankment reached by a variety of steep stairways near the
bridges that punctuate the route. To our surprise this year, we
were joined by fellow pedestrians. We were sorry to see so much
graffiti in many spots. The snapshots below will give you an
idea of the flavor of a very pleasant riverfront walk which
still is a respite from so many tourist-clogged Roman streets
Old bridge with inscriptions, rolling
of an old bridge.
South embankment, rustic trail
leading down to embankment, more biker-friendly than north bank.
of many steep stairs to the riverfront embankment.
Return along north side leaving Trastevere with tour boat in distance.
Late August 2015 Newsletter
Upper Mississippi River Conference and
October 14-16, 2015, Davenport, Iowa
River Action, Inc.
is once again spearheading its annual Upper Mississippi Conference with the
theme of "The River Connecting Us." As many of you who attended our joint
conference several years ago, the meeting draws an interesting crowd with a
diverse and animated group of speakers, most from the region.
SeaGlass Carousel Opens in Battery
Bosque, Lower Manhattan
million-dollar SeaGlass carousel, developed by the Battery Conservancy,
constitutes a 3 1/2 minute experience where riders sit inside 30 spinning
10-to-14 feet high fiberglass fish with ever-changing colors and direction.
Nothing short of fanciful from the pictures and descriptions found in the
Friday, August 14 New York Times article by David Dunlap: " A Whirling
School of Mechanized Fish." (pages C-19 and C-26). Warrie Price, president
and founder of the Battery Conservancy, pushed for 12 long years to put this
happy and fanciful facility in place. She hired Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes
who drew up "a magical ride to the bottom of the ocean." George Tsypin of
the George Tsypin Opera Factory who was the set designer of the musical
"Disney's Little Mermaid was given the task of translating the vision into
The carousel will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except January
and February. Cost is $5.00
Battery Conservancy won an Excellence on the Waterfront Top Honor in 2006
for the Battery Bosque whose chief designers were Weisz and Yoes. Visit the
Center's Web Site's Interactive Data Base to learn more. Go here and
enter Battery Bosque.
A Walk on
on the Urban Wild Side Heron's Head
Park, San Francisco
What could be more pleasant than the
Bay Area with its perfect weather when you are escaping August East Coast
heat? In coming communiques we will share some images and impressions of
what we saw on a number of our walks while there.
One of our Bay area hikes took in the industrial side of things. We took
note of the Bay View Yacht Club with working waterfront infrastructure in
the background. While slogging along a rather mundane pathway we came
across these unexpectedly attractive benches offering special views and then
came across a familiar fishing pier that has been there since way back
Our predetermined destination for this walk
was The Ramp, a favorite of ours. If you like somewhere off the beaten
track, funk, good food and beer set amidst shipyards and ship repair
infrastructure, not to mention the vessels themselves, head to this spot.
After a most delightful lunch, my
son's friend Dave took us to a place he likes to bring his dog, smack in the
middle of another industrial portion of San Francisco's waterfront. Lo and
behold - it turned out to be the Excellence on the Waterfront Honor
Award-Winning project: Heron's Head Park, recognized in 2001 as a
Clearwater Winner. Visiting one of the winners is always a treat especially
when unexpected. A small parking lot, picnic tables, a dog run and restrooms
greet you before reaching the park area itself. An attractive sign welcomes
you first thing, with a glimpse of the EcoLab, an environmental classroom in
the background. The brightly painted room is used by hundreds of nearby
public school children.
space and restored wetland, a rarity on San Francisco Bay, provides habitat
for 100 species of birds. Handsome
interpretive signage is found along the path.
This remarkable urban wild shows how the
collaboration between the Port of San Francisco and the environmental
justice group, Literacy for Environmental Justice turned a blighted landfill
into a living classroom and a unique asset for the community to enjoy.
information: Go here and
enter Herons Head Park. Location:
Cargo Way and Jennings St. in the Hunter's Point area.
REMINDER: AWARDS CEREMONY, RECEPTION AND
GALA DINNER - NOVEMBER 6
Plan to join old waterfront friends and new
ones in Washington, DC this November and see the results of the 28th
Excellence on the Waterfront Jury deliberations. The convivial jury met July
23-25 in Cape May, New Jersey with Jeff Parks of ArtsQuest Foundation from
Bethlehem chairing the group.
You are in
for a treat to see and hear about the 2015 winners. Go to our website:
www.waterfrontcenter.org to learn more an get the signup form. A small
block of rooms are being held until October 5 at The Churchill Hotel, 2014
Connecticut Ave. NW with a very reasonable rate of $184. Call
2000 and mention The Waterfront Center to secure the rate.
July 2015 Newsletter
Huzzahs to Stewart for pushing
forward - or in this instance a bit backward - as he has just entered the
years 1987 and l988 on the web site!. So take a trip down memory lane to see
what juries deemed "excellent" nearly 30 years ago.
QUEEN'S QUAY TERMINAL CELEBRATES A
Queen's Quay Terminal, an adaptive re-use project on the Toronto lakefront,
won an Excellence on the Waterfront honor award back in 1989 (see photos
above from their 1989 submittal). It was one of Harbourfront Corporation's
early efforts to transform that waterfront. Waterfront
Toronto, the successor organization recently celebrated the rejuvenation
of the building and waterfront with a ribbon cutting and festivities on
"Back in the day"
the trifecta for a grand tour of exemplary waterfront developments was
Boston, Baltimore and Toronto. We are definitely into second generations on
waterfronts. Boston has re-worked their centerpiece Waterfront Park and
Baltimore is at work implementing its Inner Harbor 2.0 Master Plan.
LONDON, ONTARIO LAUNCHES COMPETITION FOR
ITS RIVER THAMES
This in from the London Free Press:
Organizers of the competition
focused on a five-km stretch of the Thames that goes in three directions
from the forks: north to Oxford St., west to Wharncliffe Rd. and south to
the Port Stanley railway bridge.
Led by Toronto-based urban design
firm Urban Strategies, the request for qualifications was sent out across
North America and a panel of judges has pared the list down to five
finalists who will each receive $40,000 to design a pair of so-called
“inaugural projects” for the two key areas: the forks, and SoHo.
The short-listed firms for the first
phase have been announced:
Brook McIlroy, Toronto and Thunder
PWL Partnership, Vancouver
Janet Rosenberg Studio, Toronto
Stoss + Dillon, Boston and Toronto
One winner — for the forks — will be
selected, and receive a contract worth at least $200,000 to complete their
vision for the forks revitalization.
COLORADO RIVER'S DELTA'S
For too long the southernmost delta
of the 1,450 mile Colorado River had become a lifeless mass of gray
mudflats. In 2014 as part of an innovative water-management agreement
between the United States and Mexico, a "pulse flow" of water was released
from the Morelos Dam and coursed down the dry riverbed.This was a bold
experiment to see if the once-grand habitat could be revived. The need to
revegetate the area is bolstered by the fact that hundreds of bird species
depend on the habitat provided by the right trees. This story describes the
hopeful signs that have resulted from the water release - a story still
unfolding. Nature Conservancy scientists are part of a large team of
specialists monitoring the project. One notable fact: there was a 35%
decline in the delta vegetation once the early 2000s but now a there has
been a 43% increase after the 2014 water release.
the June/July 2015 Nature Conservancy magazine "The
River's Return" by Victoria Schlesinger to learn much more.
another wonderful story of transformation along the Colorado River go to
Transforming the Riverfront of Yuma, Arizona - one of the presentations
at our 2014 Conference. The Yuma Riverfront Project was a 2014 Excellence on
the Waterfront Award winner.
REMINDER: AWARDS CEREMONY, RECEPTION
AND GALA DINNER - NOVEMBER 6
to join old waterfront friends and meet new ones in Washington, DC this
November and see the results of the 28th Excellence on the Waterfront Jury
deliberations. The jury convenes July 23-25 in Cape May, New Jersey with
Jeff Parks of ArtsFoundation from Bethlehem chairing the group. Go to our
website to learn more about the events an get the
signup form. A small block of rooms are being held until October 5 at
The Churchill Hotel, 2014 Connecticut Ave. NW with a very reasonable rate of
$184. Call 202 797 2000 and mention The Waterfront Center to secure the
Mid-June 2015 Newsletter
Mid-summer Approaches - Happy Longest Day!
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
Deadline: JULY 1 postmark. Still time
to get that entry pulled together. Get your work recognized. And don't
forget Clearwater possibilities.
Riverfront Recapture's Joe Marfuggi Retires
Joe Marfuggi, a longtime friend of the Waterfront Center, retired
this month and we share a link with you about the celebration in his
We have known Joe throughout his fruitful career at Riverfront
Recapture, Hartford. He has been on hand at a number of conferences
sharing his story and also served as an awards juror. A number of years
ago we were privileged to have a private tour of the riverfront with him
-- a real treat! Pictured above is Joe on our tour at the
amphitheater. We noticed more than once that he stooped to pick up and
dispose of litter as we walked the riverfront. That's typical of the
caring person he is.
We also also knew the first
director, Jill Diskan, who toured us way back in the early '80's when
nothing much was going on -- to say the least. She started with
education and events to get ball rolling. The transformation of the
last 30 plus years is astounding. In 1997
Recapture deservedly won top honor for their work.
Recapture Award Winning Project
The belvedere bridging the intrusive highway with its steps,
stage and landing is one of but many achievements. We salute Joe and
wish him well in his next chapter and hope it brings him to DC so we can
enjoy more of his company.
National Trust Focuses on the James River
The historic, scenic James River and Jamestown face a
threat from Dominion Virginia Power's plans for major high voltage
power lines that would be constructed in and across the river marring
forever this beloved, bucolic view shed. Go onto the following links and
check out the situation.
The Down to the Wire Coalition is thrilled to announce that
25,000 people have signed our petition against Dominion Virginia
Power’s plan to mar the beautiful James River at Jamestown with
their hideous high-voltage power lines. But we can’t stop here.
We want to see that number continue to grow so that we can
show Dominion how much support we have. Would you consider
signing the petition and forwarding this email to your friends
and family members who care about the James, too? You can also
share the link –
– on Facebook and Twitter. (Be sure to
use hashtag #DownToTheWire when you do.)
The urgency is real, and there’s so much to lose. To learn
more about all that’s at stake, follow our "On the River" video
series, where we document all of the James' natural and historic
beauty that Dominion’s plan would destroy.
Join us in taking a stand against Dominion’s high-voltage
power lines today.
The James River Team at the National Trust
Artist Sean Yoro Creates Waterfront Murals in the New York Harbor
This in from the website IGNANT: Hawaiian surfer Sean Yoro aka Hula
combines his love of surfing and his artistic talent, creating
hyperrealistic portraits of bathing women at different seaside
locations. His work is inspired by street art and abandoned spaces that
he uses as his hard-to-reach canvases. Carefully carrying cans of
colored paint on the edge of his board, the New York-based artist
applies his half submerged female portraits onto the wall. Find more of
his works over on his website. We could not find their actual locations
- if any of you are paddling or motoring out in the harbor and can
pinpoint, let us know.
Artistic High Trestle Bridge in Iowa
High Trestle Bridge
A bridge is not always just a bridge. This installation surely is
an "oh WOW" moment to anyone coming upon it - especially at night.
To quote from the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation's website:
"The High Trestle Bridge stands 13 stories high and spans ½ mile across
the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward. The "portals" or
vertical elements that form a gateway to the Des Moines River Bridge are
sculptural symbols that speak to this geology, the cutting and slicing
of nature that forms this river valley. Seen from a distance, they
become a destination "icon" that bracket the experience of crossing the
river on this expansive trail bridge. Scale is one of the most important
elements to the integration of these sculptural features. They must
relate in size not only to the length of the span, over 2,300 feet
across the river, hut also the height above the river valley,
represented by massive columns, some nearly 130 feet tall. These icons
visually "focus" the trail and set up the concept of entering a mine.
Seams of coal appear in lighted veins in the stacked forms on the bridge
landings. One is inside the story, surrounded by the sculptural forms
that embody history and geology. The changing geometry of the steel
cribbing radiates around you. The viewer moves along the path as though
moving through history, through the tunnel of a mine."
Mid-May 2015 Newsletter
River Action, known for
making so many incredible things happen in the Quad Cities, has just
launched a Kickstarter fundraising project to help raise a portion of the
needed funds for our exciting current project, First Bridge! River Action is
hoping to build a pedestrian/bicycle bridge using the historic, original
railroad embankment from the first railroad bridge to cross the Mississippi
River using Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website.
Here is the direct link to our
This is the time we need
your help in spreading the news about this Kickstarter fundraiser. Please
share our project with email friends, social media friends, family, friends,
and acquaintances. The only way we will be successful with Kickstarter is
for all of us to talk, talk, talk about it; share, share, share about it;
and let everyone we come into contact with to know how excited we are about
it! Word is spreading fast!
Connection between downtown
Memphis and West Memphis, Arkansas is in the offing with the "Big River
Crossing" on the Harahan Bridge. A cantilevered carriageway along an active
Union Pacific Railroad line is slated to become a new bike and pedestrian
trail (new twist: rail-with-trail). Ultimately the bridge trail, funded in
part by a $15-million federal stimulus grant, will be a centerpiece of a
multi-use pathways connecting the Main Streets of downtown Memphis and West
Memphis. A 6.5 mile Shelby Farms Greenline is already in place.
For more information: rails to
trails, spring summer.15 "Rolling on the River" by Amy French.
And speaking of Memphis. If
you want to keep up with what's happening on the riverfront there visit the
web site of Friends of Our Riverfront:
Excellence on the Waterfront
Awards Deadline July 1, 2015
Get YOUR work recognized.
We already have two entries.
2015 Excellence on the
Waterfront Jury Members will meet in July in Cape May, New Jersey. We look
forward to greeting:
Jeffrey Parks, Chair, ArtsQuest
Foundation, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Collette Crepelle, principal,
Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, New Orleans, Louisiana
Charles Flynn, executive
director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma, Arizona
Anne McIlroy, principal,
Brook-McIlroy, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
William Wenk, principal,
William Wenk Associates, Denver, Colorado
May 2015 Newsletter
The Waterfront Center
Celebrates 34 Years!
On May 1, 2015, the Center
celebrates its 34th anniversary and what a run it has been. We look back on
32 conferences, 10 or more topical workshops,18 years of print newsletters,
26 Excellence on the Waterfront awards programs, three books and several
booklets and 100's of consulting assignments -- all of which enabled us to
be in touch with the ever-expanding waterfront world. Urban waterfronts are
by no means passé. If anything, the field is expanding all over the globe.
We have met and worked with so many wonderful people who are dedicated to
improving their cities along varied waterbodies in countless ways. It has
been our privilege as an educational organization to document and share
information with you. As we turn the calendar to begin our 35th year, we
thank and treasure all of our friends and supporters -- many of whom have
been with us since 1981 -- through these many years. Old friends and new, we
hope to see many of you in November here in Washington.
Awards Trivia Results
In the last blast, we had
fun with some of the statistics among the nearly 400 winners and posed the
following questions. Now we'll let you know the results:
- Can you guess the number of awards among the
four top-winning states and rank them in order:
California; Massachusetts; New York and Washington.
New York - 40
California - 34
Massachusetts - 23
- Our neighbor to the north had a total of 41
awards among six provinces. Who do think gets the gold?
British Columbia or
Ontario gets the
nod with 16 and British Columbia comes in second with 13.
- The overseas count is 28 countries from Angola
to the United Kingdom. Three countries had double digit-wins. Can you
guess the number of awards and rank them:
Australia; China and
It's a tie among all
three with 12 awards to each country!
Welcome to our New Intern
Following in the footsteps
of two really smart and capable George Washington University students,
Deirdre Clark (now getting a Phd. at the University of Iceland and Ewelina
Czapla (now a lawyer hard at work here in D.C.) we introduce Jiangnan
(Louise) Lu, an undergraduate civil engineering student who will be joining
us in May and helping mainly with researching and verifying the contact
information on the awards database project. She is part of the Women's
Leadership Program at GWU -- one of 80 women chosen from a pool of 3,000!
Stewart McKenzie continues
to work away up there in Somerville. Meanwhile Ann has completed the task of
first selecting from thousands of slides those to be digitized, then
downloading the 700 images that were digitized, sorted them by year and
refiled them for the archive. Only about 100 remain to be scanned manually.
The end IS in sight.
Help us celebrate our
anniversary and support the database project. Send your check to PO Box
53531, Washington, DC 20009. THANK YOU.
April 2015 Newsletter
Excellence on the Waterfro nt Awards
We continue to work on the Interactive Database. The last 700 slides
are on their way to be digitized! To reward time spent going bug-eyed at
a light table, we are off to eat some mud bugs among other pleasures at
the French Quarter Festival. Should you be in the Big Easy, we'll be
at the Louie Louie stage area April 11 at 2:00 to catch Hot Rod Lincoln,
Darryl Berger's band. (See photo from last year's festival. Darryl is
center with Hawaiian shirt.) What a venue! Darryl, an early friend of
the Center, was the original developer of Jackson Brewery -- a 1987
Excellence on the Waterfront winner. This project, as so many we have
been reviewing in the past few months, has evolved over the last quarter
century. This evolution will be something we plan to explore after we
have gotten though getting all the winners in the database. Some
projects are gone, some drastically changed, some improved and
renovated, so it will be a fascinating 27-year history.
Award Trivia Contest
Meanwhile, we decided to have some fun with facts and figures.
A grand total of 398 awards have been presented since 1987 including
43 Clearwaters and 7 students. Geographically, winners have come from a
total of 35 states from Alabama to Washington, one territory and one
disenfranchised jurisdiction, namely the District of Columbia, making a
total of 282.
Can you guess the number of awards among the four top-winning
states and rank them in order:
California; Massachusetts; New York and Washington.
Our neighbor to the north had a total of 41 awards among six
provinces. Who do think gets the gold?
British Columbia or Ontario?
The overseas count is 28 countries from Angola to the United
Kingdom. Three countries had double digit-wins. Can you guess the number
of awards and rank them:
Australia; China and United Kingdom.
Send us an email with your guesses (www.waterfrontcenter.org
We will publish the result and more trivia in next e-blast.
PROOF YOUR LISTING
Stewart is entering another batch and encourages any of you who have
won an award between 2004 and 2014 to double check the accuracy of your
listing. We will be proofing ourselves but it would be best if you did.
enter the name of your award.
2015 Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
AWARDS CEREMONY: November 6, 2015.
WATERFRONT TORONTO NEWS
Anyone with an interest in what's up in Toronto, should very
definitely subscribe to their very informative newsletter. The most
recent issue discusses, design competitions, new thinking on the
Gardiner Expressway, Daniel's Waterfront a $700 million arts-focused
complex, Queen's Quay reconstruction and much more. Go to
METROPOLITAN WATERFRONT ASSOCIATION
For those who like to follow what's doing in New York and New
Jersey, May 7, 2015 is the date for MWA's Annual Meeting: "Shaping your
21st Century Waterfront" aboard the Hornblower Infinity. Waterwire,
their periodic newsletter is also very informative. Go to http://www.waterfrontalliance.org/waterwire
Wishing you a wonderful, most welcome Spring. Send us YOUR news
March 2015 Newsletter
• Awards Ceremony
and Gala Dinner
• Job Opening at Riverfront Recapture
Check out These Links:
The 27th Annual Excellence on
the Waterfront Awards Ceremony and Reception
November 6, 2015, Washington,
Mark your calendars. Friday
November 6 the 27th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held at The
Churchill Hotel on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. We will
convene at 3:30, with a prompt 4:00 start. The ceremony will be
expanded this year to include more details about the winning entries
as well as presentations by top honor winner(s) and several of the
honor award award recipients. Jeffrey Parks, jury chair will
preside. A celebratory champagne reception at the hotel will follow
with bubbly, wine, beer and delicious hors d'oeuvres.
A limited number of guest rooms have been blocked at the Hotel. We
have secured special rates (the rack rates are in parenthesis to
give you an idea of how special the rates are!). The standard king
room is $184 ($489) and the junior suite is $209 ($529). The group
block will be held until October 6. You must make your own
reservations by calling
202 797-2000 and say you are with the Waterfront Center group.
The Churchill has stood as an historic landmark on Connecticut
Avenue for over one hundred years. Before becoming the Churchill,
the property was known as the "Highlands," a luxury Beaux-Arts
apartment house constructed in 1906.
2015 Gala Dinner
multi-course Gala Dinner in honor of the 2015 Winners will be held
at 7:30 p.m. across the street from the Churchill in the Board Room
off the lobby of the historic 2101 Connecticut Avenue apartment
building constructed in 1927. This optional event will help raise
funds for the educational mission of the Waterfront Center. An
elegant and convivial evening is being planned and all who have
attended this dinner in the past have enjoyed the opportunity to
socialize with old friends and meet new ones. These
Connecticut Avenue locations are located between the Dupont Circle
and Woodley Park METRO stops.
A mailing will be sent out
in the Spring. Meanwhile, we are posting a sign-up form on the
website that you can download and send in along with check or credit
card information. We will send a confirmation.
Awards Ceremony and
Reception: $30.00 per person.
Awards Gala Dinner: $125.00
and $100.00 for a guest
Combined ticket: $135.00 per
Job Opening: Riverfront
Recapture Seeking a New Leader
Our good friend Joe Marfuggi
who has so skillfully led Riverfront Recapture for decades is
retiring and he sent along this notice:
Riverfront Recapture is
seeking a President and CEO to be a passionate advocate for
improving Metro Hartford’s quality of life and urban vitality. The
President and CEO will build upon past organizational successes and
provide new, creative leadership with the opportunity to expand on
Riverfront Recapture’s impact in the region and make Hartford a
better place to live, work and visit.
All candidate inquiries
should be made through the TSNE website. No applications should be
sent directly to the Board or to the Riverfront staff.
River Thames Broke Out of Its
River Thames bursts it banks leaving London Waterfronts swamped. See
Sydney's Next Big Project Moving
Construction Progress at
3,400 Sydneysiders were among the first to experience Sydney's
newest waterfront park
enjoying the fireworks at Barangaroo Point on New Year's Eve 31
Barangaroo South now has an all-time high of over 2,100
engaged in building this world class precinct. This includes a range
of trades and skills including concreters, carpenters,
form-workers and steel fixers. In the coming months Barangaroo South
will reach a peak of around 2,500 site workers, including services
and finishes trades such as plumbers, electricians, painters and
gyprockers. These trades are crucial as the project moves towards
the final internal fit-out stage of the first commercial tower.
has commenced on Dukes Pier at Barangaroo Point. The pier will
be 50m long by 10m wide and extends 20m into Nawi Cove. The
extended section of the pier is supported by ten concrete
pillars allowing the harbour to pass beneath. The timber pathway
follows the newly constructed foreshore of Central Barangaroo and
the recently installed seawall.
John Oliver Takes on
Infrastructure - Definitely Worth a Look!
here John Oliver's look at infrastructure.
Alliance's Annual Conference May 6, 2015
February 2015 Newsletter
Awards Jury Set
The 2015 Jury is filled and will
deliberate July 23- 25 in Cape May, New Jersey. Notice of results will
go out in August.
2015 Excellence on the Waterfront
Jeffrey Parks, Chair, ArtsQuest Foundation,
Collette Crepelle, principal, Eskew + Dumez +
Ripple, New Orleans, Louisiana
Charles Flynn, executive director, Yuma
Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma, Arizona
Anne McIlroy, principal, Brook-McIlroy,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
William Wenk, principal, William Wenk
Associates, Denver, Colorado
Help spread the word!
Awards Deadline is July 1, 2015.
Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner Date
will have an Awards Ceremony, Reception and Dinner on Friday, November 6
here in Washington, D.C. For non-winners who wish to attend the ceremony
and reception only, there will be a
modest charge. The dinner will be extra or a combined ticket to attend
both ceremony and dinner will be offered.
We are currently negotiating
with The Churchill Hotel on Connecticut Avenue in central D.C. for the
ceremony and reception. We will hold the dinner in the large reception
room off the lobby of an historic apartment building. It promises to be
a splashy, festive evening with good food and wine.
would block rooms at the hotel. As this is such a departure from what
we have been doing for all these years, we really would like to know if
any of you might plan to come. Please let us know as soon as possible,
yes - no - maybe. E-mail us at:
Possible 2016 Conference in
Auckland, New Zealand
For a variety of reasons,
including lack of staff and one burned-out-after-32-years person who
will celebrate her 75th birthday this year, we decided it was time for a
year off from conference management. We have been in discussion with
Waterfront Auckland about the possibility of cooperating with them in
holding a conference there in late summer/early fall of 2016.
would appreciate knowing any of you have possible interest in going to
Auckland (with possible side excursions). You'd see first hand the 2012
top honor award-winning Jellicoe Street, North Wharf Promenade and Silo
Park among a host of other exciting things. E-mail us indicating your
DATABASE PROJECT - Status Report
Thanks in no small part to
Waterfront Auckland's sustaining membership, we will definitely be able
to complete this project - maybe even in this calendar year.
Stewart has posted on our
website all of the awards for years 2005 - 2014. We are about to pick up
discs where 8 years worth of award slides have been digitized. These
plus the project descriptions will be sent up to Boston and Stewart will
do his magic. When these 8 years are added, there will be only 10 left
to go. If you are winner from '05 to '14, please proof your entry.
We plan to reach out to all past
winners to let them know of the status of the project and to do more
fundraising. When completed, "27 Years of Exemplary Waterfronts: A
Searchable, Interactive Database," there will be entries for 398
projects, plans, citizen efforts and student work - from all over the
world. To which we will add the 2015 winners – and beyond!
Happy Valentine’s Greeting to the
And a Special Portrait of Our Intrepid
Stewart McKenzie – more than data snowing him under! Boston, February
January 2015 Newsletter
• Award News
• Jacksonville RFP
• Tribute to John
Data Base Project - 25 Years
of Exemplary Waterfronts
We just took another tally:
the Excellence on the Waterfront interactive data base, when complete,will
document nearly 400 winners!
The years 2005 - 2014 already
on line. We encourage winners in those years to double check we have all the
information entered correctly.
We have rolled up our
sleeves and dug into the slide files from 1987 - 2004. We took 500 images
to a company nearby to digitize them, so a big step has been taken. Stewart
will then be able to enter another 8 years.
2015 Deadline and Program
Deadline: Entries must be
postmarked by July 1, 2015.
The criteria, program
requirements and entry forms are posted on the web page. Call 202 337-0356
email@example.com if you have any questions.
Jury Chair for 2015 is Jeff
Parks, former executive director of ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
JACKSONVILLE RFP - DUE
This in from Doris
Goldlstein of Jacksonville:
I was glad to have attended
the waterfront conference in October and met so many people with whom
I discussed our plans to redevelop the
Jacksonville Landing on the St.
Johns River. The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority has
posted an RFP for the project, with proposals due on February 18:
John Lentz 1936 - 2015
Earlier this month we were
saddened to learn of the death of John Lentz who was a great personal friend
and loyal supporter of the Center. Many of you will remember he and
his wife Judy dutifully overseeing conference Book Stores. For most of his
career John was a senior loan officer at the Export Import Bank of the
United States. However, his real passion was whitewater, wilderness
canoeing. He undertook 21 major Canadian paddling expeditions, plus two in
Siberia. He was a member of the Explorers Club since 1963. He authored a
wonderful book "Tales from the Paddle" which was reviewed in our Wintertime
Reads newsletter and revealed just how daring, difficult and dangerous his
trips were - but extremely rewarding experiences of the beauty found in
these far reaches of Canada.
Besides volunteering at the
annual conference, he made at least one presentation at a waterfront
conference here in DC. He had fun bringing some of his beloved Potomac River
- a river he enjoyed canoeing on - to the conferences water ceremony.
L-R: Pat Roth, Ann Breen and John Lentz
Christmas 2014 Newsletter
Wishing the Waterfront World a Wonderful Holiday
Winterfest on the
On November 25 we were delighted to be invited to the preview party
launching Winterfest 2014 where we took the above photo of one of
the trees. Winterfest was a 2013 Excellence on the Waterfront Award
website to link to a presentation by Groundswell staff at this
year's conference). Pictured below are the director of the Delaware
Waterfront Development Corporation, Joe Forkin (center) along with
Waterfront Center co-director, Dick Rigby (left) and Michael Coyle
of Groundswell (right).
The weather was not to hot nor too cold so we enjoyed exploring the
parking lot turned into a winter wonderland. The skating rink
pictured below had been on the riverfront for 20 years but 2013 the
Delaware Waterfront Development Corporation hired Groundswell to
transform the area into a winter playground.
Woodchips and gravel cover the asphalt. An enormous heated tent
welcomes visitors with food and drink and plenty of picnic tables.
Four cosy seating areas that have the feel of a Montana lodge
complete with oversize leather chairs and sofas, fireplaces with
oversize photos of Moose over the mantelpieces. Supersize TV screens
are positioned at either end of the tent. The whole place invites
folks to come, relax and hang out. Games have been provided to
entertain kids as shown below.
Outside of the main tent several fire pits provide warmth and a
spot to toast a marshmallow, more refreshment booths, Colorful plaid
wool blankets are strewn around. Wooden rocking chairs are
positioned on the heated front porch as pictured below.
As with the indoor space, the whole area invites visitors to sit
back, bask in the thousands of twinkly lights and have fun.
If you are in Philadelphia this winter, we definitely recommend you
head on down to the riverfront.
Help The Center's
Educational Mission - Donate Today
Please keep us in mind
as you make your year-end donations. The Center is a 501-C-3
non-profit corporation. Every little bit helps, especially with our
awards database project of putting all 380+ Excellence on
Waterfront winners onto a freely available on the web.
Check out the last ten years that are already up and running.
The Waterfront Center, PO Box 53351, Washington, DC 20009
A Bright, Happy
New Year - 2015
Early December Newsletter
• WEB SITE UPDATES
Urban Waterfronts 2014
Presentations/Events and Annual Awards Ceremony on the Web
If you missed our 32nd annual
conference in Washington and Baltimore and the Awards Ceremony or if you
were there and want to re-visit some of the presentations, go to our web
site and find a wealth of information and images. Thanks to Stewart McKenzie
for making all this material available in such a timely fashion.
MAJOR Progress on the Interactive Awards
has also been hard at work on the data base. You can now access award
winners from 2005 through 2014! If you were among the winners in this batch,
we urge you to check out the site and be sure we have all your information
The project enters a new phase now
as all the visual material from 1987 - 2004 came in the form of slides that
need to be digitized. Also, verifying contact information gets harder as we
go back in time. But we've come a long way: we are ten years down with 20
more to go.
Remember the Center - Donate Today
As you make choices about your
year-end charitable gifts, please keep the above-mentioned educational
project in mind. We are relying on the waterfront community around the world
to help make this invaluable information -- documenting 380+ award winners
-- a reality! As we have said more than once: "We will make this happen come
hell or high water." But we do need your help!
The Waterfront Center, PO Box 53351,
Washington, DC 20009
• IMPRESSIONS OF SAN JUAN'S WATERFRONT
To chill out after Urban Waterfronts
2014, we ventured down to Old San Juan where we had not been in 20 years. We
basked in warm weather and wandered the many colorful streets of this
charming city. Needless to say, we zeroed in on the waterfront and want to
share some of the varied images with everyone.
started out to explore the Muralla - the enduring symbol of Puerto Rico and
on the way happened upon a small park with this stunning piece of public
art: La Rogativo commemorating a 1797 event. The story has it that the
invading British fleet was duped into thinking reinforcements had arrived by
a procession of women and priest carrying torches and ringing bells -- the
men were busy protecting inland fronts. The British sailed away.
The omnipresent wall presents gives you pause not only to to admire the
construction itself, patina and a chance to reflect on all the 100s of years
of history. The wall that is 45' wide and 40' high in some places was begun
in the 16th century and took 200 years to complete. The image of the City
Gate gives you an idea of the depth of the wall. One of the many lookout
towers - the city's logo - found along the wall.San Juan was well and truly
You'll see from the map of Old San Juan a small black
circle that indicates the gate where we set off. The walkway, the Paseo de
la Princesa, is plenty wide and affords beautiful views, including the one
below of the small pier and beach at sunset.
Around the bend one arrives at the area
surrounding the Roots Fountain, a more formal area with period lighting, a
huge sculpture and fountain and steps down to the water.
Meandering further along, approaching the central
waterfront where the cruise ship docks dominate, we passed a shaded
performance pavilion and came within sight of one of the main terminals.
Again the width of the walkway is notable and the balustrades and paving
change in tone. The cruise ships bring thousands of tourists into San Juan
and nearly overwhelm the streets at times.
The central waterfront walkway along La Marina Street is
functional and unexceptional. Although in one section someone tried to liven
things up with bright yellow paint and did provide seating. But a nice
surprise was the discovery of new, very modern, sculptural pier head gates
We were well-rewarded again as we pressed on and came
across with an entirely different environment:the Bahia Urbana in the works
since the 1980s. A wide promenade features plantings, shade structures (most
welcome in the hot, sunny climate), all manner of seating, water taxis
stops, and a jaunty seahorse sculpture. Rather than keep to one standard
seating, there are multiple designs.
The walkway ends at a pedestrian bridge that crosses
over to an large open space for events and performances, a cafe, restrooms,
food vending punctuated by shade structures and seating along one edge. The
highlight, especially for children is the water and sand park.
In contrast to Bahia Urbana, we ended our day at the
fortress El Morro where locals were enjoying sunset, kite flying, picnicking
in a gorgeous slice of the public realm overlooking the sea.
Mid October Newsletter
Celebrate With Our 2014
Excellence on the Waterfront Award Winners!
There are still a few
spaces available for the Gala Dinner November 7 at the historic
Dacor Bacon House for an evening of fine dining and fun. The
gala is always a highlight of the conference and funds raised
will help support our Excellence on the Waterfront Database Project
The DACOR Bacon House Dining
Thanks to Stewart McKenzie's
diligence, the years 2007 - 2013 have been entered and 2006 is in
the works. If you have not done so
already, go onto our website (www.waterfrontcenter.org/AwardsPlan.htm)
and play around. Tell your friends and colleagues about this unique
The goal of this project is
to create an interactive digital database with information about the
roughly 380 projects, plans, citizen efforts and student work that
have won Excellence on the Waterfront Awards beginning
in 1987. The database is posted on the Internet as a free resource
linked to the Waterfront Center’s existing actively used web site.
This unique resource, available nowhere else, is already -- and
when completed -- be an invaluable reference for designers, cities,
developers, planners, and students. The 27-year record documents
some of the best thinking on waterfront planning and design from
around the world.
The information in the
database includes the name of the project, illustrative images,
descriptive text, jury comments, and identifying characteristics to
allow interactive searches. The database software allows searches
to be made to extract projects of particular interest.
fundraising effort is ongoing and is critical as the Center must
sort and digitize hundreds of slides that were integral to the
first 17 years of entries. Contact information must also be
Slides From Early Awards Being Sorted
Waterfronts 2014 - Two Weeks To Go!
is not too late to sign up.
Our 32nd Annual
International Conference is Shaping Up to be Wonderfully International.
We are looking forward
to greeting old friends (many of them of 25+ years standing) and meeting
new attendees amongst whom are delegates from Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, New
Zealand, Australia, Angola and Canada. We think we have a terrific program
for you all.
Meet Our Speakers
Panel 2 Genius Loci – The
Art of Creating Special Places
Every community strives to
create distinctive waterfront areas, both large and small, beloved and
frequented by the public. Imagination and creativity are essential. Our
panelists will tackle the je ne sais quoi that goes into remarkable
placemaking – design details, public art, special lighting, landscape
treatments, unusual materials, understanding heritage – all this and more.
Stuart Niven, consultant, principal, Melbourne, Australia
Niven, a native New Zealander, is the Principal of his own urban design
consultancy (Stuart Niven Urban Design), based in Melbourne, Australia.
He has 28 years of
experience in private practice consultancy and in both Local and Central
He pioneered urban
design practice in New Zealand – and was the first urban designer
appointed to a New Zealand local government (Wellington, 1992-99).
He is the former
Principal Urban Design Advisor to Australia’s Victorian State Government
and Director of it’s Urban Design Unit. As such, he has 10 years
experience of working within Central Government as a strategic design
advisor in typically complex development situations involving many
potential, competing players. His close association with, and
understanding of, complex city environments stems from his role as a
frequent urban design critic and design negotiator around private market
responses or proposals for reviving existing, or establishing new,
pieces of city.
In addition to his
Australian experience, he has - for the last 6 years – acted as both a
“project establishment” leader and a principal urban design advisor to
the Auckland Public Waterfront Project, one of New Zealand’s largest
urban renewal project. He championed and assisted in the development of
a major new waterfront promenade and the establishment of an innovative
and effective “place making” resource attached to the daily life and
operation of the waterfront’s public spaces. This project was awarded
an Excellence on the Waterfront top honor in the 2012 Awards.
He has also had recent
involvement with the re-establishment of the quake-devastated retail
centre of Central Christchurch. His current consultancy commitments take
him to Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tonga, Malaysia and
David Fierabend, Principal, Groundswell Design Group
David has been a devoted student of landscape
architecture and garden design for over two decades. His
love of nature and the arts finds expression in all of his
work. He enjoys collaborating with local artisans on
projects because he believes that a range of experience
should be brought to each design. David’s award-winning work
ranges in scale from residential to commercial and has been
featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Style Magazine, and Arts
and Antiques Magazine. As an Executive Council Member of the
Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, he is committed to the
greening of Philadelphia. Notable recent projects include
the rooftop Sea Garden at the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia, Morgan’s Pier restaurant on the Delaware
Riverfront, and, in coordination with OLIN, Sol Lewitt:
Lines in Four Directions in Flowers at the Philadelphia
Museum of Art. Morgan’s Pier received an Excellence on the
Waterfront Award in 2012.
David holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and
Bachelor of Science degrees as well as Certification in
Coastal Installation and Maintenance
Late September Newsletter
Bird Rate and Conference Hotel Cutoff - October 5
One Week to Go for Savings!
sure to take advantage of the early bird registration rate and save
$100.00 and don't miss out on the great group rate at the Hampton Inn -
Washington DC. 202/
296 1006 and say you are with the Waterfront Center. $149 for
a King and $169 for a Double Queen. Free Wi Fi, complimentary hot buffet
breakfast, fitness room and pool.
You can register for the conference
on line or print out the form from our website/use the brochure you may
have received and send to Waterfront Center, PO Box 53351, Washington,
Panel One: Resiliency - The New Imperative
Sea level rise, floods, hurricanes, and violent storms have impacted
waterfront cities around the world. The panelists, drawing on their
varied experiences from the aftermaths of earthquake activity in
Christchurch, New Zealand, Katrina’s flooding in New Orleans and
post-hurricane Sandy in New York, will address how communities,
designers and government programs have recovered and planned for the
Meet Our Speakers
Collette Creppell, principal/director of urban strategies, Eskew + Dumez
+ Ripple, New Orleans, has over 25 years of experience as an architect
and planner, including the past ten years as university architect and
director of campus planning for Tulane University. Having trained
in the architecture offices of Rafael Moneo, Ben Thompson & Associates,
and Moshe Safdie in the U.S. and abroad, Mrs. Creppell returned to New
Orleans in 1994 to establish an architectural firm Design for Public
Spaces and to teach as a clinical assistant professor at Tulane School
of Architecture. A former city planner in New York City, she served as
Executive Director of the New Orleans City Planning Commission
(2001-03). Mrs. Creppell has served as a national awards jury member for
the Society of College and University Planning, as Vice Chair of the
Board of the New Orleans Building Corporation and on the boards of the
Tulane School of Architecture, Benjamin Franklin High School, the New
Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, and A Studio in the Woods.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard College and
a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard
University Graduate School of Design, on whose Alumni Council she sits.
Mrs. Creppell is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the
Association of University Architects, the Society for College and
University Planning, and the American Planning Association.
Brie, as senior associate
with Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts is an urban planner and
project manager in Sasaki's Urban Studio. Her work encompasses multiple
scales and regions, from neighborhood and downtown plans to city-wide
parks master plans and riverfront master plans. She has also worked for
a number of colleges and universities, and is deeply knowledgeable about
the relationships between institutions and their surrounding contexts.
She recently participated in post-sandy NY Rising planning team working
in a number of NY communities, several in the Hudson Valley.Mostly
resiliency planninmg, project design and selection of key projects
with federal backing - but NY state has put and emphasis on community
and innovation as well as resilience.
With a passion for understanding and improving cities, Brie brings a
focus on integrating people, communities, context, and the human
experience to Sasaki's planning and design ideas and projects. She has
extensive experience with community engagement processes and an
understanding of the complex range of constituencies involved in
implementing a successful planning project. Brie is a creative and calm
problem solver, whether seeking a solution for a strategic planning
concept or an impromptu method for running a public meeting.
Brie holds a Master
in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and
a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from Rice University.
Rod is general
manager for development for Waterfront Auckland. He has more than 30
years experience delivering large and complex projects. He joined
Waterfront Auckland at its inception November 2010 following an
eight-year role as General Manager Design, Westfield New Zealand. He
holds a degree in Architecture and an MBA, both from Auckland
University. Rod leads a team of planners, designers, development
and project managers to deliver projects across Auckland’s waterfront on
behalf of Auckland Council. Rod led the Waterfront Auckland team
responsible for delivering the 2012 Waterfront Plan.
In May 2012 Rod spent 3 months leading the development of the
Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the Blueprint team responsible
for the masterplan for the redevelopment of central Christchurch.
February 2014 Rod was invited to join a Local Government NZ team to
assist the Samoan government with the development of a waterfront
strategy for Apia. Working with the Samoan planning and urban design
team, this will lead to the production of a Waterfront Plan for Apia.
Waterfront Auckland won the Top Honor Excellence on the Waterfront Award
in 2012 for Jellicoe Street North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park.
Mid September Newsletter
Early Bird Rate and
Conference Hotel Cutoff - October 5
Be sure to take
advantage of the early bird registration rate and save $100.00 and
don't miss out on the great group rate at the Hampton Inn -
Washington DC. 202/ 296 1006 and say you are with the Waterfront
Center. $149 for a King and $169 for a Double Queen. Free Wi Fi,
complimentary hot buffet breakfast, fitness room and pool.
Meet Our Speakers -
Let's Celebrate! The
Special Role of Festivals and Events
CHARLOTTE J. De WITT
Charlotte De Witt
is an events architect who has specialized in waterfront festivals
and international events since 1979, working in 30 countries
throughout North America, Europe, “Down Under”, Asia, and the Middle
East. She has produced some 150 festivals and events. A highly
respected industry leader, she has been interviewed by print and
broadcast media worldwide. She was the only inductee into the 2009
International Festivals and Events Association Hall of Fame, the
highest honor in the industry. Charlotte is Past Chairman of the
International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) and founder/
past President/CEO of IFEA Europe. She lived in Stockholm, Sweden,
trademarked and pioneered the concept of Waterfront Festivals® in
the United States in the 1970s, bringing arts festivals to the
water’s edge as a visitors’ magnet; later worked with the Thames
Water Authority, London, and the Stockholm (Sweden) Water Festival,
the largest festival in northern Europe, beginning in 1994. Marketed
the world’s only Floating Cinema® (Guinness Book of World Records..
consultations have spanned the globe: Chinese New Year’s in
Singapore; Carnival in Nice, France; the Kuala Lumpur International
Buskers’ Festival in Malaysia; urban waterfront design in St. Paul,
USA; Cape Cod Cultural Center, South Yarmouth, USA; and speaking
engagements in Beijing, Brussels, New York City, Singapore,
Stockholm, Sydney, Ottawa, Atlanta, Auckland, Reykjavik, Dubai, and
produced numerous international event management and marketing
conferences throughout Europe. She was an early member of the
Center’s Board of Advisors.
Slaughter-DuPerry, is General Motor’s senior project manager on loan
to the Detroit RiverFront Conversancy. She is working in the areas
of project management and Community Outreach. She previously
coordinated the efforts of the Detroit Mayor’s East Riverfront Study
Group from 2002-2005.
DuPerry joined GM
in 1983 as an architectural designer in the Design Department for
Argonaut AEC. During her 11-year assignment, she developed corporate
space standards, redeveloped the Truck Product Center in Pontiac and
coordinated a master plan for the General Motors Technical Center in
Warren, MI and authored the furniture reuse program for the
corporation. Upon returning from a two-year overseas sabbatical, she
joined the GM Worldwide Real Estate (WRE) in 1997. Within WRE she
reported to the Economic Development Department, which is
responsible for corporate re- developments and economic investments.
She redeveloped an environmentally challenged 84 acre site in New
Jersey into a nine hole golf course with a driving range and
She is a Detroit
Native. She is a graduate of the Detroit Public School system (Cass
Tech High School- Architecture Department, 1977), University of
Michigan (BS in Architecture, 1981) and the University of Michigan
(Master of Architecture, 1983). She is also the proud mother of two
sons, Imani and Kahlil.
Joe is president
and CEO of the Riverfront Recapture, a nonprofit organization that
was created in 1981 to restore public access to the Connecticut
River where flood control walls and an interstate highway had
isolated Hartford and East Hartford from the river for more than 40
years. Riverfront Recapture has overseen design and construction of
a network of four parks and riverwalks on public land in the two
municipalities - and now manages those public spaces for the
responsibilities include overseeing maintenance of the parks and
programming a wide variety of events and activities on the
Riverfront. More than 800,000 visitors a year come to the
Riverfront parks each year to enjoy a full calendar of free
activity, including concerts, festivals, and sporting events - or to
walk, jog, or bike along the beautiful natural greenway. A series
of international festivals celebrates the region's rich cultural
diversity with the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival, the
Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival, a Latin Jazz and Salsa
Festival, and the Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival. In 1997
Riverfront Recapture was awarded Top Honor from our Excellence on
the Waterfront Awards Program jury.
A native of Vermont,
Joe has lived in Hartford for more than 40 years. He holds a BA
degree from the University of Connecticut and an MA in
Communications from Stanford University.
The Waterfront Center Final
Conference Program and Speaker Biographies
We are pleased to present what we think will be an engaging and informative
program drawing on projects and geography from around the world. The speakers
are all committed, seasoned practitioners sharing a passion about waterfronts
and waterfront issues. They will be eager to share their experiences and answer
your questions. We are looking for a lively, interactive dialogue!
Waterfronts 2014: Making Connections
One: Resiliency – The New Imperative
level rise, floods, hurricanes, and violent storms have impacted waterfront
cities around the world. The panelists, drawing on their varied experiences from
the aftermaths of earthquake activity in Christchurch, New Zealand, Katrina’s
flooding in New Orleans and post-hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey,
will address how communities, designers and government programs have recovered
and planned for the future.
Moderator: Barry Hersh,
N.Y.U. Schack Institute of Real
Estate, New York, N.Y.
Rebuilding by Design: Brie Hensold, senior associate, Sasaki Associates,
Crises in Christchurch: Rod Marler,
general manager development, Waterfront Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Lessons from Katrina
and Strategies for the Future:
Colette Crepell, principal Eskew+ Dumez +Ripple, New Orleans, Louisiana
Panel 2 – Genius
Loci – The Art of Creating Special Places
Every community strives to create
distinctive waterfront areas, both large and small, beloved and frequented by
the public. Imagination and creativity
are essential. Our panelists will tackle the
je ne sais quoi that goes into
remarkable placemaking – design
details, public art, special lighting, landscape treatments, unusual materials,
understanding heritage – all this and more.
Ed Freer, principal, Smith Group JJR, Madison, Wisconsin
The Art of Making
Things Distinctive Down Under: Stuart
Niven, Melbourne, Australia
Riverfront Pop-Ups – Loaded with Personality:
David Fierabend ,principal, Groundswell Design Group,
Hopewell, New Jersey
Reflecting on Decades
of Placemaking: Douglas Campbell,
principal, Campbell & Campbell, Santa Barbara, California
Panel 3 –
Deciding on the Right Mix
Whether it is a large swath of shoreline
frontage with multiple acres or just a few, each community must grapple with
what is the right mix of uses or maybe even just one. Our panelists with years
of experience in the field will reflect on their work with civic leaders,
private interests, design professionals and the community in finding the right
solutions. Ideally the right mix enriches each community’s waterfront respecting
the environmental aspects as well as cultural and commercial considerations
while avoiding cookie-cutter approaches. Speakers will touch everything from
massively day-lighting a river in Pueblo, Colorado to projects on Lake Union in
Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington, among others.
Moderator: Mike Krieger,
Of Counsel, Dunn & Lambert, Mahwah, New Jersey
Riverwalk of Pueblo – Transformational and Catalytic: Don Brandes,
principal, Matrix Design Group, Denver, Colorado
Northwest Waterfronts: Mark Hinshaw,
principal, LMN Architects, Seattle, Washington
Riverfront Offers a Little Bit of Everything: Charles Flynn, executive director, Yuma Crossing National Area,
Panel 4 :
Celebrate ! The Special Role of Festivals and Events
Ray Bradbury once observed: “The
peculiar thing about festivals and celebrations of course is that before they
begin you often say: Why bother! And when they end you ask what in hell was that
about? But once they have started and once they are in full feather-fling and
eruption, what a lark!”
Lots of planning and hard work go into
creating memorable happenings of all kinds for people to enjoy their waterfront
– in an out of the water. Fireworks, films, races, educational events,
clean-ups, big bands, silly parades, bagpipes, bugles, bikes, barbeque contests,
Octoberfests, dancing, singing, you name it – all in the name of
“public happiness.” Gain insights into the behind-the-scenes world of
organizing, marketing, and managing these events from some of the best in the
Moderator: Jim August,
CEO, The Forks North Portage Partnership, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tips and Tidbits from
Festivals Large and Small from Around the World:
Charlotte DeWitt, president, International Events, Boston,
From Dragon Boats,
Bass Tournaments to Bagpipes – What It
Takes to Fill Out a Calendar: Joe
Marfuggi, executive director, Riverfront Recapture, Hartford, Connecticut
Lots of People, Lots
of Love on the Detroit Riverfront:
Karen Slaughter-DuPerry, Projects/Community Outreach Executive, The Detroit
RiverFront Conservancy, Detroit, Michigan
Meet Our Speakers - Panel 3: Choosing the Right
DONALD H. BRANDES, JR.
Don Brandes was the founder and president of Design
Studios West, Inc. In 2012, Matrix Design Group, Inc. (Matrix) acquired Design
Studios West, Inc. As Vice President, Shareholder and Director of Urban Design
and Landscape Architecture Don actively leads all multi-disciplinary projects
and is responsible for project programming, conceptual planning and design, and
final project design review. Don’s planning and design passion continues to
focus on urban design, waterfront design, resort and land development, and
complex mixed-use downtown development projects. His book, “Developing Difficult
Sites, Solutions for Builders and Developers”, is published by the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington DC. Don holds a Master’s
degree in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science
from the University of Colorado. In 2008, he won an Excellence on the Waterfront
award for the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk (HARP) of Pueblo.
CHARLES W. FLYNN
Charles Flynn has served as the Executive Director of the Yuma Crossing National
Heritage Area Corporation since its inception in 2000. Under his leadership, the
Heritage Area is guiding $100 million of public and private investment along the
Lower Colorado River. Flynn graduated from Stanford University in 1974 with a
BA/MA in American History. He worked for Mayor Edward Koch of New York from
1974-1981. From 1981-1993, he served as CEO of a family-owned resort in western
Pennsylvania, during which time he also served on City Council in Meadville, Pa.
From 1994 to 1999, he led a $25 million riverfront redevelopment project in
Wheeling, West Virginia. He is married to Ann Walker, and they have two children
-- Brendan, age 25 and Adam, age 22.
MARK L. HINSHAW
Mark Hinshaw is the Director of Urban Design for LMN Architects in Seattle. For
over twenty-five years, he has been responsible for a wide range of projects in
large cities, suburban centers, and small towns. From 1982-1990, he was
Principal Urban Designer for the City of Bellevue, WA, helping guide its
transformation from a nondescript collection of strip centers to an intense,
mixed use, transit-oriented urban center. Hinshaw lectures widely on the subject
of urban design at conferences and workshops. Between 1992 and 2004, he wrote a
regular column on architecture and urban design for The Seattle Times. His has
authored two books: Citistate Seattle: Shaping a Modern Metropolis (1999) and
True Urbanism: Living In and Near the Center (2007).
Early September Newsletter
The World of Waterfronts
Interactive Data Base of Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award
Winners 1987 - 2013 Hits Its First Milestone
Kudos to Stewart McKenzie for getting five years of award winners up
on the website. By clicking on the prototype at you can now access and
view projects from 2009 through 2013 including images, project descriptions,
jury comments and contact information. You can sort by country, city,
project type, and category. The search engine also scans the text of
the project descriptions and jury comments and will give a result if the
search word is found there. The search page can be found
Center continues to raise funds to realize the dream of making all 27
years of winners numbering over 380 projects, plans, citizen efforts and
student work freely available to those working and studying about waterfronts
around the world. It will be an invaluable, unique resource.
We encourage all winners from
these past five years to check their entries and let us know if we need
to update or make any changes to your listing.
Urban Waterfronts 2014 - Early Bird
and Hotel Cutoff is October 5
Register on-line or by mail this
month to receive the lower registration fee of $295 and save $100.
Special conference hotel rates at the Hampton Inn - Washington, DC are
available until October 5 as well. This
is an extraordinary deal -- $149.00 for a beautiful centrally located
hotel in DC within walking distance of the American Institute of
Architects Headquarters. Call direct at 202/296-1006.
the Waterfront in Wellington, NZ A
Spotlight on Public Art
we journeyed to Wellington this past March, we had not been there for 18
years. Our first trips were memorable indeed including conducting a
community participatory workshop with many of the citizens. We will report
on the waterfront generally in our next issue but for now we want to
focus on some of the public art to be found as you wander along this
beautiful harbor. Our hope in the coming year is to begin writing more
about art of all kinds on the world's waterfronts - a favorite topic
that we have been following for over 30 years.
Whenever you return to a place, you always wonder how has it changed or
will something you loved have been wrecked. And thus it was as we walked
down to find the memorable City to Sea Bridge. Emerging from the Library,
yes thankfully, there it was. As you move from the library you first
catch a glimpse through the large stone wedge of the Maori-inspired
totems drawing you forward. The artful bridge itself, installed in 1994,
is the work of noted Maori artist, Paratene Matchett and makes crossing
the busy arterial road that separates the city from the harbor a really
enjoyable experience. The big fish that punctuates the final descent
points you whimsically towards the water.
Wellington's waterfront has an
abundance of history and this is celebrated in numerous ways including
retention of old cranes, nautical artifacts, a Wellington Harbour Board
logo and interpretive signage.
Dotted along at the waterfront are delightful quotes from 23 New
Zealand authors found in expected and unexpected of places
comprising a "Writers Walk." The sculptures are the work of noted
typographer, Catherine Griffiths. Visit: www.wellingtonwriterswalk.co.nz
for lots of images and more information. Pictured below are some
samples including the one on the wall behind the boys cannon-balling
in the water - not an everyday sight on most waterfronts!
Wellington's waterfront is
notable for the amount of seating of all kinds provided for people
to hang out. The two girls pictured not only get close to the water
but enjoy a close up view of this oversize sea urchin sculpture,
Nga Kina, by Michel Tuffery that interacts with the tides.
Speaking of hanging out: one
prominent piece is "Solace in the Wind" where our swimmer is
literally hanging over the water - poetically buoyed and held in
place by the wind.
For sheer fun -- and function -- you can't beat these two bright
red, rest rooms - affectionately called "lobster loos." They
received third prize in Design Curial's Oscars for restrooms (www.designcurial.com).
Takes a certain boldness and sense of humor to make a gesture like
2014 Excellence on the Waterfront Jury Deliberations Completed
Back row is Mike Dawson, Margot Long,
Front row l - r Joel Mills, Chair, Luis de Matos and Jeff Parks
The 2014 awards jury met in Cape May, New Jersey and after a review of
the entries, discussions and debates selected seven projects, two plans, one
Clearwater and one student award. This year's crop shows a diverse range in
geography, city size and project types. The winners will be announced
November 7 during Urban Waterfronts 2014: Making Connections, our 32 annual
international conference to be held at the American Institute of Architects
(AIA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The ceremony is a highlight of our
annual meeting and is followed by a champagne reception honoring this year's
winners to be held at the historic Octagon House next to AIA. An optional
gala dinner will be held at the Dacor Bacon house built in 1824-25. A
limited number of tickets are available. Proceeds from the benefit will be
used for the Center's Excellence on the Waterfront interactive database
project that when complete will feature the 380 award winners beginning in
1987. For information on the Conference and Gala Dinner:
A Columnist Reflects on the Industrial Waterfront
Don Brunell writing for The
Columbian on August 12, makes the case for the likes of a Georgia
Pacific mill in Camas, Washington. His column "Washington
View: Harmony is Possible on the Waterfront" makes a very good case
that industry can be a good neighbor and one should think twice about
getting rid of "eyesores." He references Kohler, Wisconsin as an example
of what a great neighbor an industry can be. Kohler has been in the
community for over a hundred years. The industry co-exists with resorts,
golf courses, schools and many other uses.
New Developments on Portland Maine's Waterfront
A new building is rising on Maine Wharf on the central Portland
waterfront. It stands out from the older fishing
industry-characterful structures. The contemporary building will
house a restaurant on the ground floor and offices space with water
view on upper floors.
The building development symbolizes Portland's changing
waterfront, once the very well-protected domain of the fishing
industry. Portland was featured in Breen and Rigby's 1985 book:
Caution: Working Waterfront - The impact of change on marine
enterprises and is available through our Website:
A series of zoning changes have opened the door to more offices and
tourist-based development. Read about all this and more
Brooklyn Bridge Park as an Oasis and a Point of Controversy
The joys of the Brooklyn Bridge Park are beautifully
described by Anne Raver in a July 25, 2014 article in the New
York Times: "Hey,
Mister, I've Got a Park I Can Sell You
." The park's plan
received an honor award in 2009 and the park itself an award in
2013. The present park is the culmination of some 30 years of
effort beginning in the early 1980's when a group of citizens
were able to thwart the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey's plans to sell its six piers.Today the park comprises
85 acres and six re-claimed piers hosting numerous recreational
uses, gardens, beaches, greenery and places to touch the water.
Designer Michael Van Valkenburgh gave homage to Mickey Murphy
who died at 82 in 2002. She was a tireless citizen activist. He
recalled her saying in a public meeting in 1999 something like:
" I want to be able to go down to the East River at night and
put my feet in the water and see the reflection of the moon." He
then realized "The nature of the park is the river." That
citizen effort, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition and
especially Mickey Murphy were recognized with the Clearwater
Award in 2000.
One of selling points to get the park built was a
public-private partnership to allow housing to be constructed
on Pier Six to help fund the endeavor. The Brooklyn Bridge Park
Corporation was recently about to go to bid. Then Mayor DeBlasio
saw an opportunity to provide affordable housing as part of the
mix which has set of a whole new battle. The details are
outlined in an August 3, 2014 New York Times piece:
The Battle of Brooklyn Park by Liz Robbins.
July 4th Newsletter
In the spirit of the Fourth of July, the Waterfront Center wishes everyone a
wonderful holiday weekend filled with friends, family and above all fun -
waterfront fun if you can have it!
A New Bright, Happy Waterfront Spot on
Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront and in particular Penn's Landing,
has been a very long time reaching its full potential - at least 35 years.
Of course the area does have 17 lanes of highway to deal with and many off
again on again proposals that never gained traction. On the plus side, Its
programming has drawn hundreds/thousands to the river over the years.
However, the overall design was of another more, heavy-handed era. New
energy seems to be afoot and plans are in the works so things may well look
up - it may well be a new day.
Just in time for the July 4th weekend in the City that justifiably
celebrates the Declaration of Independence and our right to pursue happiness
comes the spanking new Spruce Street Harbor Park -- as colorful and
joyous as any ooh and aah show of fireworks. The Delaware River Waterfront
Corporation, in collaboration with the team from Groundswell and others, has
delivered to the citizens of the City of Brotherly Love a special swath of
public realm they can't help but eagerly embrace during the summer of 2014.
Spruce Street Harbor Park has been inserted amidst the original Christopher
Columbus Park at Penn's Landing. The new design vernacular builds on the
nautical and industrial history of the river with lots of wood, metal,
corrugated tin and recycled materials.
the park just days after its kick-off on June 27. It is scheduled to be open
in July and August. For those unable to see it this year, we offer a quick
glimpse. Despite the 100+ degrees of heat, we hope you'll see why enjoyed
ourselves. We met a very enthusiastic young staff member, watched
maintenance crew hard at work, workers polishing off details, security
personnel and people hanging out relaxing. We overheard two older women
friends who had never been in a hammock: one said to the other that it was
so much fun and told her pal to take off her shoes and swing.
The beautiful, shady
grove of trees is now features 37 hammocks. It is as if those knitting
artists suddenly decided on string. Ever-changing LED "icicles" drop down
from the limbs day and night. Nighttime effect especially magical.
are hammocks for? Snoozing and relaxing - summertime. Concession containers
two dozen colorful deck chairs set out on a grassy knoll afford views of the
the water's edge a boardwalk has been constructed with containers used for
such things as an arcade (shown here) and food stalls. A bocce court (shown
here) and a shuffleboard court are provided for fun and games. You will
notice the earlier, heavier design in granite and metal in the foreground.
Also, the knitters' art at the base of the flagpoles.
The focal point of the park is a floating garden
with its lush vegetation. The river pond is enclosed by joining three 80" x
30" barges. A closer view of the garden shows its painterly qualities. The
decks of the barges combine wood and sand floors. Each barge offers a
different experience as shown below:
Smaller, intimate seating has been incorporated along with vegetation for
folks to sit back and sip their beer.Even
pillows have been provided for many of the Adirondack chairs.
of the Adirondack chairs for viewing the pond, umbrellas, twinkly lights in
the trees and multi-colored bistro chairs and tables that scattered over the
entire park, providing seating for 80, add to the ambiance.
Cantilevered off the end of a barge are 5, 6" x 10" connected over-water net
"lounges" complete with throw pillows. The young woman shown here is
obviously enjoying the experience. The SSHP staff member we spoke to
recounted relaxing, gazing up at the fireworks as one
awesome, unforgettable time.
third barge houses the food and beer concessions housed in old containers.
Whatever metal chosen for the gangplanks was not - unbelievably - HOT to the
touch on this very hot day. The boardwalk, deck chair installation in the
background. Happy orange and yellow flags announce something fun going on.
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The Waterfront Center 2014 Awards Submission
Changed to July 10, 2014
May Day Newsletter
The Waterfront Center Celebrates
As we reflect on 33 years, we did take on some challenges and faced
disappointments that all non-profits do, but we feel extremely grateful for all
the wonderful individuals we have met and communities we have been privileged to
As we turn the calendar on a New Year we look forward to the annual
international conference and the awards program but our big excitement
involves the Excellence on the Waterfront Interactive Data Base project. There
are over 340 projects, plans, citizen efforts and student work that have been
recognized since 1987. Once complete this will be an extraordinary and unique
resource for those in the field.
Stewart McKenzie, now based in Somerville, MA, continues to work his magic on
our website and has been busily putting the last three years of winners
up on the web as a prototype with plans for improving and refining it for the
user. He is working backwards from 2013. As a piece of history, the image
collection made a major shift around 2005 from 35mm slides to power points and
digital images. That leaves about 18 years of slide sleeves to alphabetize,
organize by year, and select best images to digitize.
JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES MUST BEGIN WITH A SINGLE STEP."
Back here in DC the elves - in their cute little shoes - are busy
getting this collection in order. Just to give you a smile and an idea
of the scope, we thought we'd share a couple of images. First of the
roughly 245 slide sleeves we are going through and then a glance at some of
the loose slides that have been discovered in all sorts of places that need to
incorporated. Let's hope Teddy the cat doesn't walk all over these!
Happy May Day to one and all whether you are celebrating ancient rituals of
flowers or remembering the more political event - both were in mind as we
signed of our incorporation papers May 1, 1981. And then there is the
more nautical meaning of "May Day" - meaning help needed. We
continue to need all the help we can get to continue our mission and most
especially getting to the end of the thousand miles our task represents! All
donations gratefully received.
forget the awards deadline: July 1 and hope to see you at the conference!
Late April Newsletter - Aukland II
Waterfront - Part II
newsletter offered glimpses of the Wynyard Quarter area, site of the
2012 Excellence on the Waterfront top honor award-winning Jellicoe Street,
North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park and clearly, for the moment, the jewel
in the waterfront crown. However, Waterfront Auckland is working away on many
of the remaining sections of their central waterfront.
waterfront is bracketed on the east by Harbour Bridge Park and the
Westhaven Marina, one of the largest in the world, and on the west by the
Port of Auckland. The waterfront in between bustles with activities both in
the water and upland with lots of restaurants and bars as well as the
Maritime Museum. This account takes in but a portion of what's to be seen.
Westhaven Marina and Harbour
View of the mammoth bustling Westhaven marina being enjoyed from an outdoor
cafe. Note the security gate is a notch way above the more typical chain
A major walkway along the
shoreline of the marina is under construction will greatly enhance the
public's ability to have access around the harbor.
Harbour Bridge Park, close
by the Marina area, has lots of potential and is due for an upgrade.
Port of Auckland
View of the Port of Auckland's
major holdings and container operations at the western edge of the Central
The pedestrian lift bridge,
Wynyard Crossing, opened around 2011, finally allowed easy access along the
entire waterfront from the spanking new Wynyard Quarter to previously
developed areas. This connection enabled Aucklanders to experience their
exciting new public realm which they took to immediately in droves.
In the 1990's Viaduct Harbour
and related housing, commercial development and marinas were constructed to
support the America's Cup defense, bringing new life to the waterfront.
Apartments along the Viaduct
Harbour offer spectacular water views for the occupants. The pedestrian
experience in the precinct has a somewhat sterile feel about it.
Most of Viaduct Harbour offers
plenty of waterfront walkways. A series of descriptive interpretive plaques
placed along the walkway describe some of the area's history and culture . The
paving design takes its inspiration from a Maori pattern based on the
Prince's Wharf a huge
presence, if not overwhelming, houses a series of residences, cafes and a
Hilton Hotel. It lacks any meaningful public access around or at the end of
the wharf and appears to have somehow slipped through any sort of
design review. The interior roadway is downright claustrophobic. Note the
historic Ferry Terminal building to the left.
Queen's Wharf has a long and
storied history in the City. The present wharf constructed in the early 20th
century juts out about a quarter of a mile into the harbor offering
commanding views. While dwarfed by the enormous cruise ship in this photo,
the wharf covers 7 acres. The wave-like structure in the foreground, The
built as a temporary installation to support the 2011 Rugby World Cup and is
used for exhibitions, conferences, public events and the like. Some or all
of it will have to come down and what the future holds is a question
Waterfront Auckland must grapple with.
The Cloud's interior
provides an enormous amount of space. When we visited they had set up
table tennis and indoor games. At the far end, providing spectacular
views from air-conditioned spaces that are used for meetings, receptions
and social events.
Ample space has been
provided at the foot of the wharf for public access and enjoyment.
Waterfront Auckland and their designers have really done a great job of
providing imaginative and comfortable seating for people to relax, soak
up the sun and take in the views. These lounges are but on example.
Another cruise ship and Prince's wharf can be seen in the background.
Queen's Wharf Communter
Ferry Terminal is slated to be replaced with newer facilities nearby. Once
removed it will open up views of the historic Ferry Terminal Building.
Shed 10, constructed in the
early part of the 20th Century, stands in testimony to the maritime
history of the wharf. Today it serves as an embarkation and debarkation
facility for the cruise ships. The beautifully restored interior also is
used for various kinds of events. A similar Shed 11 has been dismantled
and remains in storage until a new use can be found for it on the wharf.
The metal cut-out of a
woman in her Sunday best circa 1915 and accompanying historic photo is
one of number of similar interpretive features - both artistic and
educational - alongside Shed 10.
Close to the entrance of
the Queen's Wharf is this clever, container-themed information booth.
The Wharf is home to all
manner of temporary happenings. What better way to celebrate our last
evening than visiting the pop up "cafe" tasting some famous
New Zealand wines by Stoneleigh amidst an exhibit of landscape
Photo credits: The Waterfront Center
Early April Newsletter
Urban Waterfronts 2014 -
November 7 - 8
A Festive Friday Evening in
pleased to announce we have been able arrange our Friday social events in
two very unique, distinguished Washington properties. Friday's Champagne
Reception honoring the 2014 Excellence on the Waterfront Award winners will
be held in the Octagon House across the courtyard from the American
Institute of Architect headquarters where our Friday conference will
convene. The reception is included in the conference fee.
The Octagon House
House, also known as the Col. John Tayloe III House, was designed by William
Thornton, the first architect of the U.S. Capitol, and built between 1799
and 1801. Colonel John Tayloe III was reputed to be the richest Virginian
plantation owner of his time. When British troops were advancing on
Washington, D.C., the Tayloes approached the French ambassador and offered
use of their home as the French embassy, which he accepted. The Octagon
House survived the War of 1812. In 1814, Colonel Tayloe also offered the use
of his home to President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, for a temporary
"Executive Mansion" after the burning of the White House by the
Legacy, the non-profit arm of the AIA, owns The Octagon House, having taken
over stewardship of the museum from the American Architectural Foundation in
2007. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
The DACOR Bacon House
night's Gala Dinner will take place in the DACOR Bacon House, also known as
the Ringgold-Carroll House. Now occupied by the Diplomatic and Consular
Officers Retired (DACOR), the house is one of Washington's hidden gems.
The DACOR Bacon House Garden
weather cooperates, we will be able to have drinks in the spacious brick
The DACOR Bacon House Dining
be held in elegant second floor rooms. The house was built in 1824-1825 by
Tench Ringgold, a close friend of President James Monroe. Mr. Ringgold
was U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia. During the years 1831-33,
Chief Justice John Marshall and a number of Associate Justices resided
here . Several other members of the Supreme Court boarded at 1801 F Street
over the years.
Pittsburgh heiress Alice Copley Thaw, the former Countess of Yarmouth,
purchased the house and engaged architect J. H. de Sibour to modernize it,
including wiring the premises for electricity. Before she could occupy the
renovated house, she married Geoffrey Whitney and established her residence
in New York. For the next decade she rented the house to several
prominent figures, including Senator and Mrs. Medill McCormick, brother of
Colonel Bertie McCormick of the Chicago Tribune, and Congressman and Mrs.
Robert Low Bacon. The Bacons bought the house in 1925. Mrs. Bacon continued
living in the house after her husband’s death in 1938 until 1980, when she
died at the age of 89. The house is beautifully furnished with many of
her art objects, paintings, and family portraits. It is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places.
Dinner is an optional event and there is an additional charge for the
multi-course dinner with wine included. Seating will be limited. The Gala
serves as a fundraising event for the Center's Excellence on the Waterfront
Interactive Database Project that will put 370+ award winners on out Web
site to be freely available to anyone interested.
this year's awards program is July 1, 2014. Entries must be postmarked by
that date. Visit www.waterfrontcenter.org
for details and entry forms.
Excellence on the Waterfront Jury Panel Complete
director, American Institute of Architects/Communities by Design, jury
chair, Washington, D.C.
CEO, River Alliance.Columbia, South Carolina
de Matos, chief engineer, Luanda Waterfront Project, Luanda, Angola
principal, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, Inc., Vancouver, British
president, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
entries: postmarked July 1, 2014
Visit the website
Travels: Auckland, New Zealand - Part One AB/DR
The 2012 awards jury selected Jellicoe Street, North Wharf
Promenade and Silo Park on Auckland's waterfront to receive top honor.
After first-hand inspection last month, we are happy to report it IS a
real winner. Our first evening in Auckland we wandered down to the waterfront
and witnessed everything in full swing. A crowd was gathering to watch a movie
projected on a preserved silo;there were food carts and trucks; picnic tables;
kids playing in the playground, splashing in the splash pool, and people milling
about generally enjoying themselves. This part of the waterfront boasts both
fabulous public realm and waterfront industry cheek by jowl. The overall design
deftly celebrates the industrial heritage incorporating artifacts along with
modern urban design. Care was taken to make the project sustainable.
in foreground with greenery that is found in abundance. Brightly painted
fences partly in front of working silos.The large gantry in the background
provides a great spot to look out over the scene.
of the gantry, nautically themed public art, rain garden and informal
Wharf area featuring a major public promenade is reminiscent of a seaside
boardwalk and on the nights we were
enjoying one of many restaurants and waterfront holes we watched hundreds of
people of all ages parading by to see and be seen.
Events center sports a scalloped roof line.
colorful "crates" distinguish the public area and the private
cafes double as seating. A dozen or so restaurants and bars cater to a
variety of tastes and pocketbook - gelato to oysters on the half
kiosk, one of several such installations using containers, is perhaps the most
elaborate. Features include a large TV screen, an interactive interpretive
center and a green roof. Another container was fitted out with a children's
library and lots of comfortable seating.
near the children's library.
chaise lounges provide a nice spot to take in the sun. Viaduct Harbour and
housing in the background.
Not far from the
Karanga plaza and kiosk is a set of steps allowing folks to relax or maybe dip
their tow in the water.
One of the best
ways to take in a waterfront is from the water and our trip was made all the
more pleasurable in the company of some
Auckland's terrific and fun-loving staff. L. to R. Brenna Waghorn; Alan Gray;
Dick Rigby; Mathew Twose; Gail Mazur; Ashley Vivier; Ralph Webster; Ann Breen;
Jo Warren and Frith Walker.
And one of the
chief benefits of poking around in the harbour was spotting these truly funky
old slipways that give a real authentic note. Let's hope they don't completely
Conference Hotel - Urban Waterfronts 2014
We are delighted to announce that we
have selected the Hampton Inn - Washington DC/White House as our
conference hotel. We are able to offer a fabulous deal at a perfect,
downtown location on H Street between 17th and 18th Street NW a few blocks
from where we will meet (AIA Headquarters 1735 New York Avenue) on Friday,
November 7. A limited number of sleeping rooms have been blocked for
the "Waterfront Center Group." This is not your standard Hampton
Inn -- it is an urban, upscale version. The regular room rate is three
times what we are able to offer our delegates.
The hotel opened in June of 2013
occupying the former Kiplinger Report offices. It
is very close to two Metro stops. For the more adventurous, there is a
bike share rack about a block away.
RATES: $149.00 for a King Room and $169 for a Double Queen
The cutoff is October 5, 2014 for these rates.
On line registration is available (Here)
or you can call 202 296 1006. You need to indicate you are with the
Waterfront Center Group. We have rooms blocked November 5, 6,7, 8 and 9.
There is very limited availability November 5 and 9.
These rates include the following:
Complimentary High Speed Internet Access
Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast
On site Business and Fitness Centers;
plus a Pool
24-Hour Beverage Bar in the lobby
offering coffee and teas
On-site Guest Laundry Facilities
A Suite Shop has everything that you
might need at your home away from home.You can pick up meals to microwave,
snacks and beverages or travel items to tidy up.
Valet parking: $30.00 plus tax
The comfortable lobby area is perfect
for gathering with friends (beer and wine available to purchase in the
Suite Shop) or to plug in your computer. For those who enjoy a cocktail or
a bite to eat, there are plenty of establishments nearby including a very
spiffy, quiet bar across the street off the lobby of the AKA residential
We were very excited to make this
discovery and we think you will be too.!
Visits the Toronto Waterfront
It had been
16 years since co-directer Breen visited Toronto when the Center held its
annual conference there with the cooperation of the Waterfront
Regeneration Trust (then a Crown Corporation) and assistance from David
Crombie and Suzanne Barrett. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust has spun off
and is now a non-profit organization working on the ambitious Great Lakes
Trail (see previous newsletter).
A vivid impression upon first driving through the city this visit is forest of
high-rise apartment towers seemingly everywhere. But with sights set for the
waterfront and Marlaine Koehler's generous offer to guide me we set off for a
stroll through the snow.
urns artfully filled with evergreens lend a colorful touch on the patio
outside our luncheon spot. Rather than sad looking empty planters, this kind
of greenery seemed to enliven public space throughout downtown Toronto.
lunch we struck out for Sugar Beach, so named as it across from the huge
Redpath Sugar Factory - a gritty working waterfront facility which also houses
a small museum. Note high-rise buildings in background.
stands in for the summer sand at Sugar Beach itself with its jaunty permanent
pink umbrellas complete with icicle fringe!
touch of funk still can be found on the waterfront. Alexandros World
Famous Gyros looks like it would be a fun, informal spot to take in the
is popular on Toronto's waterfront as it is on the Great Lakes Trail. This
memorial tribute to a popular Torontonian Jack Laytham features a tandem bike
- good for photo ops. Inscription reads "Jack's Got Your Back."
glimpse of a gathering of ducks in the chilly air and a silhouette of abstract
public art installation.
a-typical photo of one of the wave decks you have no doubt seen photos of in
design magazines. No walking on the waves this time! Habitat restoration
occurs beneath the decks.
Harbour Police Headquarters (an Excellence on the Waterfront award winner)
with colorful boats in the foreground.
Beach features yellow umbrellas and was our last stop as light giving way. No
sitting in the sun to enjoy the view this visit - maybe next time.
Co-Director Breen Addresses
Waterfront Regeneration Trust Meeting
Over 100 people were in attendance on
February 3, when Ann Breen delivered a keynote presentation at the
Waterfront Trail Partners Meeting in Burlington, Ontario. The Great Lakes
Waterfront Trail is the very ambitious project of the non-profit Trust
headed up by Marlaine Kohler. Lest we forget, the Great Lakes is the largest
group of freshwater lakes on earth and a very long term dream is extend the
trail around all the lakes! Currently the trail is more than 1,400
kilometers involving roughly 70 communities along Lake Ontario and Lake
Erie. The trail continues to grow embracing new partners all the time. While
much of the trail is on paved surfaces conducive to mostly to biking, other
parts of the trial follow the shoreline or go through the growing inventory
of waterfront parks. A long-term goal is to have as much off road options as
possible serving a wide variety of users. The meeting was enlivened by short
"lightning round" presentations from 7 partner organizations; the
results of a recent land use survey;tips on marketing and communications and
a rollout of the Trust's new very interactive, dynamic web site. www/WaterfrontTrail.org
In 2013, there were over 140 small
to very large projects in the works (24 proposed, 70 planned and 47
completed). For more information such as State of the Waterfront Trail 2013,
visit the trail's website.
The 7th annual Great Waterfront
Trail Adventure will be held August 11-15 this summer. The annual 5 to 8 day
cycling holiday which it serves to promote the trail, introduce
cyclists to the waterfront communities and their attractions.
The Partner's meeting wound up with a
reception in the waterfront hotel's Beaver and Bulldog bar with beautiful
views of the Lake Ontario and the newly installed access pier. The pier with
its spiral beacon that is illuminated at nigh provides a real focal point as
well as affording visitors a chance to get out over the water.
Mid-afternoon sunlight bounces off the pier's beacon.
Sunset's glow mellows the beacon's bright metal.
View of Lake Ontario's snowy landscape from the hotel.
A Tribute to
A Tribute to Pete Seeger
1919 - 2014
The waterfront community was saddened to learn of the
death of legendary folksinger, Pete Seeger -- a great proponent of clean
water, maritime and environmental education and -- waterfronts. Pete was
remarkable in so many ways not the least of which he actually answered
your letters - himself! When we decided we wanted to give an award for
citizen efforts, we wrote to see if he would let us name the award in
his honor. He modestly replied, "no" but that we could
call it the Clearwater Award to recognize the importance of
grassroots, volunteer efforts by individuals and organizations to better
the urban waterfront environment in their communities and protect
natural resources, especially water. Through the Clearwater Award,
the Center will continue to honor the work of Pete Seeger and his
In 2006, celebrating the 20th anniversary of
the Excellence on the Waterfront Awards program, we wanted to do
something special for our Clearwater winners. We wrote to Pete and asked
if we could make a short film about his work on the Hudson and for him
to salute to our Clearwater winners. With his kind permission and
the able assistance of my friend, documentary filmmaker, Martin Spinelli
and his crew, we spent an unforgettable afternoon on the banks of the
Hudson outside the Beacon Sloop Club filming the interview AND most
memorably having a private concert! A number of you may remember this
film which we showed in Seattle and again in DC. We may try to fit it in
this year somehow for those who missed it.
Below is a list of Clearwater winners 1994-2013 and a
reproduction of Pete's signature with his beloved banjo drawing.
I am sure all of the winners were especially touched when they learned
of his death.
Clearwater Award was inaugurated by The Waterfront Center to recognize
the importance of grassroots, volunteer efforts by individuals and
organizations to better the urban waterfront environment in their
communities and protect natural resources, especially water. In naming
the award, the Center wished to honor the work of Pete Seeger and his
colleagues who founded the non-profit organization, Clearwater, whose
primary mission is to clean up the Hudson River. With their kind
permission we were able to call the honor “The Clearwater
River Cleanup, Washington, DC
Annual Waterway Cleanup, Broward
Bandstand and Carter Road Waterfront Development,
Nicholson, Save the
Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, Brooklyn,
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Brooklyn,
for Wooden Boats, Lake Union, Seattle,
of the Truckee Citizen Effort,
Tree Association, Bronx,
to Save Hempstead Harbor,
Hempstead Harbor, Long Island Sound, New York
Park and Linda McKenna Boxx, Latrobe,
Valley Vision Map & Report, Seattle,
2020 A vision for the Future: The Ad-Hoc Esplanade 2020 Work Group,
of Our Riverfront,
of the Riverfront,
of the Great River Park,
St. Paul, Minnesota
Riverkeeper, Inc., Teaneck,
River, Healthy Communities, San
Head Park/A Program of Literacy for Environmental Justice,
Marine Association for the Protection of Aquatic Life (I’MAPAL),
V. Bibb, Clarksville,
Marine Center, Port
Waterfront Maps Project, Oakland,
Maritime Center and Museum, Portland,
Parks Council, Access to the Little Red Lighthouse,
New York, New York
Landing Forums, Philadelphia,
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
K. Mills/Hackensack River Stories,
Teaneck, New Jersey
Action, Inc., Quad
Cities of Iowa and Illinois
East Alliance, Detroit,
Hudson’s Great River Sweep Volunteers, Poughkeepsie,
for the Protection of the Harbour, Hong
McLauglin, Save the San
Francisco Bay, Berkeley, California
for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC), Richmond,
Beiriger Richmond, Kansas
and Visions of Village Life, Pataxent, Warwick and Cranston, Rhode
Island - Holly Ewald and Michael Bell,
Warwick, Rhode Island
Quiet Battle for Blue Sky and Clear Water, Tobata Women’s Association
and the City of Kitakyushu,
Don't forget, if you know of a person or group you
think should be recognized, July 1 is the deadline for awards
submittals. While there is no entry fee for the Clearwater Award but we
do accept donations.
January 6, 2014
Today in some parts of the world it is the Feast of The Epiphany, the Three
Kings Day or Twelfth Night. And in the spirit of the gift-giving Kings, we
wish to thank all who have supported us so generously.
People on the street are still wishing Happy New Year. In that spirit we quote
Akiko Bush in a recent New York Times Op-Ed:
“Perhaps it is possible to imagine year’s end as having some
temporal edge effect, to see it as a place where desire and expectation
intersect with actuality. And to look at this time of year as an interval
during which one is suddenly more attentive to that friction between the
finished and the unfinished, the energy that lies between the done and the
We wish everyone a joyous and productive 2014 going forward with new – and
unfinished - work ahead.
Eskew, New Orleans Architect, Died in December
We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Allen who was a great friend
and supporter of the Center. He was a most gifted and talented designer who
gave 100% and then some to his beloved New Orleans and above all the
riverfront. His firm Eskew + Dumez + Ripple won AIA firm of the year award two
days after his death. See link below for full biography and summary of his
We first met Allen in 1989 in Boston at the first of six Aquarium Planning and
Management Workshops we conducted. The audience was composed of not only of
those wanting learn about the subject but to our delight some of the best
minds in the business, his being one of them, who wanted to generally exchange
ideas. It was an incredibly stimulating time. Allen, as all who knew him,
loved good food. At that same meeting we discovered that, before the age of
all sorts of gadgets, he could produce a small paper list in tiny typeface of
his favorite New Orleans restaurants should anyone inquire. On that note, we
fondly recall many fun and delicious meals over the years with Allen,
especially at the Upperline, where we always try to return.
We invited Allen to serve on our Board of Advisors, which he did for many
years as well as participating as an awards jury member in 1991 and jury chair
in 1992. In 1994, Allen generously agreed to help us take the annual
conference on the road for the first time to -- New Orleans -- opening doors
and putting together a great pre-conference New Orleans workshop and generally
making that meeting a huge success.
Center Board of Advisors Meeting in 1992
left to right: Barbara Kauffman; Allen Eskew; Richard Bartholomew; David Benn;
Joe Schachter; Don Hunter
Grant Jones; Barry Hersh; Becky Kurdle; Harriet Saperstein; Charlotte DeWitt
and Mike Krieger.
In 2001 he received an Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award for the South
Carolina Aquarium that architecturally celebrates the industrial waterfront.
In 2002 we also had the privilege of working along side him as part of a
charrette in Baton Rouge.
He was a frequent conference attendee and speaker – most memorably at our
2005 meeting in Savannah. We doubt anyone who was in the audience will ever
forget his eloquence and bluntness about the effects of Katrina and its
aftermath. His images were searing and often shocking. As board member Di
Talty from Sydney commented upon learning of his death that his presentation
“was profound. His passing is a great loss.” It is testament to his
devotion to the waterfront community that he took the time and effort to
travel to Savannah to make this keynote.
Center's 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner 2002
Seated left: Allen Eskew and Karen Fiene; Charles Norris seated to Allen's
Allen’s various offices never strayed from his abiding passion, the river.
Before moving to his Canal Place aerie commanding incredible views of the
Mississippi and the city, we recall visiting his studio near the French market
where you could look out and really get a sense of the passing boat traffic.
On our last trip in 2012 to New Orleans we had a wonderful visit as always and
he shared not only his latest projects and plans for the riverfront but
telling us how much he was enjoying time with his grandson. As we left the
office he showed us an incredible model of the riverfront and parts of the
city – his life’s work still to be done. So it is all the sadder for the
city of New Orleans and the waterfront world to have this wonderful mind and
talent cut short.
A special Memorial Fund in Allen’s honor is being set up through the Greater
New Orleans Foundation which you can Google.
Link to full
description of his life and work: http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2013/12/allen_eskew_new_orleans_archit.html
Wintertime Reads for Water Rats!
Two New Books about Boats and a Reminder of a Classic Comment
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.
The classic book for children - young and old. An excerpt:
Mole inquires as he is about to get into Rat's boat: "Is it nice and all that?"
"Nice? It's the only thing, said the Water Rat solemnly...Believe me, my young friend,
there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about
in boats. Simply messing," he went on dreamily: "messing -- about -- in -- boats; -- messing."
The following just-released books take "messing about with boats" to a whole new
level: one about wilderness canoeing and the other about seafaring ships and more. Both depict big doses of passion, perseverance, desire
for exploration, adventure and a love of history. And above all these are about amazing people.
This winter, curl up by a fire, take some exceptional journeys and
vicariously delve into some mighty rough eddies, shoals and unknown waters -- real and figurative.
A Dream of Tall Ships: How New Yorkers Came Together to Save the City's Sailing-Ship Waterfront by Peter and Norma Stanford.
Hardcover, 596 pages with color and black and white illustrations. $34.95, plus shipping. Published by Sea History Press. 914 737 7878.
The publication of this book about South Street Seaport could not be timelier as the future of this historic corner of New York is embattled once again (see references below).
Peter and Norma Stanford chronicle an astounding 11-year saga that began in 1965 with a Sunday walk around Fulton Street Fish Market and the spotting of a schooner with a Gloucester pedigree that sowed the seeds of their dream of creating a seaport museum complete with a small fleet of sailing ships to capture the glory days of the East River port. The boldness of the vision and the complexity of the tasks involved are remarkable. They wanted to create a museum, save an historic district with its old buildings PLUS find old ship hulks to overhaul and bring to New York. Whether or not you are a sailor of any stripe, you will relish Peter and Norma's love of ships and sailing and the descriptions of arduous reconstructions, Mayor's cup races and tall ship visits -- never mind the thrill of seeing their own restored ships arriving from points as far as Argentina. All described with a richness of vocabulary as well as humor evident throughout. When the Argentine full rigged Libertad arrived in New York the captain eschewed the bureaucracy and defiantly berthed at South Street, our authors comment that it was an act that served as" a strong testament of the seamanly, stand-together spirit that defies pettifogging jacks-in-office."
If you love cities, historic preservation and waterfront authenticity you'll appreciate their passion for fighting to keep Schermerhorn Row, built in 1811, from a wrecking ball, including the idea of selling "air rights transactions" -- a new idea at the time -- and generally trying to create a place of human scale in the shadow of towering Wall Street. Then there are descriptions of travels including the waterfront of San Francisco where they were inspired by the mission and accomplishments of the San Francisco Maritime
Museum. Its founder Karl Kortum became a great ally. It was Karl who found them the Wavertree in Buenos Aires that led to trips there. It was out of respect for Karl's work that Peter added becoming president of the Maritime Historical Society to his to do list in the summer of 1970 to which an astonished Norma, aware of their already full plate, relented "Oh, what the hell."
The story includes a behind-scenes look at establishing and maintaining a non-profit organization; setting up the Pioneer Program of sail-training school for teen-age youth; organizing festivals, events and educational programs. One of the great characters in the book is their good friend, the garbage hauler, Joe Cantalupo, who famously said: "Other museums are for people, or about people...This museum is people." And the scads of people who vividly parade through these pages come from all walks of life: old salts to old money, museum experts to bartenders, folk singers to painters, from a mayor to a tugboat fleet owner and scores of volunteers. A lot of good times were had whether in waterfront bars like Sloppy Louie's, the historic India House (attendees at our New York
conference will remember our dinner there), or aboard ships celebrating accomplishments big and small. We'd like to raise a glass of bubbly to salute the telling of this story by one tenacious, terrific team, Peter and Norma. You will too.
South Street Seaport Update
The intervening 37 years have seen many ups and downs in South Street which would take a rather long article to detail.
Most recently, post hurricane Sandy, a lot of repair and reconstruction has gone on. The museum happily reported its reopening and
return of some of the ships. However, a new battle is raging over future land uses in the area. For updates:
saveourseaport.org and refer the December 3 e-newsletter Waterwire from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (waterfrontalliance.org)
"The Battle for South Street Seaport."
Tales from the Paddle: A Canoeist's Memoires of Wilderness Trips in Canada and Russia by John W. Lentz (available from Amazon).
Hardcover, 223 pages with color illustrations and appendices. $25.00.
Author John Lentz, in this exceptional book, chronicles his 21 major expeditions of adventure canoeing in the wilderness areas of northern Canada as well as Russia. Choosing a series of vignettes, rather than a long narrative, the reader leaps from one tale to the next entering a world full of real life exploration, discovery and a host of interesting characters. His first wilderness trip nearly was his last due to hypothermia but he was rescued by fellow canoeists - a harrowing account. To the uninitiated the sheer physicality involved is incredible - portaging long distances with heavy gear, scouting and gauging the how's and where's of navigating the dangerous rocks and whitewater, enduring cold, getting plenty wet and paddling, paddling, paddling. He describes the beauty of the landscapes and encounters with all sorts of wildlife:
muskox, the ever-present insects (Northwest Territories Air Force), an astounding sighting of a massive herd of caribou, all manner of birds as well as a close call with a mother bear and her cub. History threads its way through the tales. John, a great lover of history, has collected 2,500 volumes on Canadian wilderness and refers back to the journals of some of the early explorers as these modern-day paddlers retrace some of their predecessors' paths. One such journal led to the discovery of a cache of1820's artifacts. John details anecdotes, many of them humorous, with customs officers, airplane pilots, Johnny Smallboy and other Native Americans,
Misha, a Russian guide, to name a few. He describes with great affection his intrepid fellow companions, many of whom became lifelong friends. At the the first Wilderness and Canoeing Symposium in 1986, a few dozen of his fellow paddlers gathered in a friend's living room, today 500 gather in a Toronto auditorium. In the appendices John lists his major trips, his published work and a suggested reading list.
He quotes a poem written by his friend and fellow traveler, George Luste, that is most fitting:
'We came to the North with canoes
and the summer sun...
and were swallowed into the land...
so immense...so lonely...
so barren...so beautiful.'
Early December Wishes
the Waterfront Community All Good Wishes for the upcoming Holiday Season
and Happy 2014!
ever thankful for the interest and support from our waterfront friends and
around the world. As you begin to consider your year-end giving,
please keep the Center in mind and help us continue the many facets
of our educational mission. Your much-appreciated, tax-deductible donation
will help in so many ways!
#1. Searchable Interactive
Database Project and Prototype. Funds will help us achieve the dream of
making information and images on all 370+ Excellence on the Waterfront
Award winners freely available to anyone interested. This will be a unique
resource available nowhere else. A prototype of how it will work can be
found on our Web site. Check it out at http://www.waterfrontcenter.org/!
#2. 2014 Award Deadline for
Entries is July 1, 2014. Entry forms and guidelines will be available in
#3. E-Newsletters. If you
have not done so, sign up for our periodic, illustrated e-newsletters. See
past copies by clicking on Newsletters. We
have been getting good
reactions from our waterfront travel and news updates.
#4. 2013 Awards Presentation.
Click on Awards and scroll down and click the photo of the cover of the
2013 awards booklet of top honor winner Ocean Beach Plan. You'll see
images of the winning projects and plans, the awards recipients, text and
names of the firms and organizations submitting.
#5 Urban Waterfronts 2013:
Creative Collaborations. Click on PPTs and you can choose from a wealth of
information available on the powerpoints that speakers have generously
made available. You can select from three past conferences as well.
#7. Staff and Volunteers. We
wish to recognize and thank Stewart McKenzie, our webmeister for is
dedicated work on the database and the Web site. We congratulate Ewelina
Czpala on receiving her law degree and appreciate the fact that she finds
time to help us out! Kathleen Ewing for stepping in to help with some of
this year's conference details. We also want to acknowledge our board of advisers for
their continued interest - volunteers all -- as well as special friends,
the Roth's and the Lentz's.
.....We also have nearly 33 years of materials to archive both print and
visual and books we want to write and public participation in
community decision making...no
lack of tasks. Your donation will help us do all these things and continue
to spread the word about the importance of public access to and along
waterfronts, promoting public participation, paying keen attention to the
needs of the working waterfront and promoting Excellence on the
Ann Breen and Dick Rigby,
River Action's Placemaking in the
Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois
Urban Waterfronts 2013 wrapped up with two tours on
Saturday afternoon. One visited the Nahant Marsh and the other took in
the extensive artworks that are scattered around the Quad Cities communities
in Iowa and Illinois.
Below are some images of the places we visited with River
Action director, Kathy Wine, who narrated. For directors Breen and
Rigby it was trip down memory lane seeing some of the works they had visited
over 20 years ago.
Credit Island Sunday in the Park
First stop was to Credit Island to see the Sunday in the
Park installation. This whimsical replication of the famed Seurat
painting uses life-size sculptures that bring a smile.
The Mississippi and tributaries depicted as a Tree of
Life with metal and concrete panels celebrating the flora and fauna.
The Navigation Steps
Bettendorf's riverfront staircase features engraved metal
stanchions depicting the lock and dams up and down the Mississippi to create
an educational experience for those ascending or descending the staircase.
This abstraction "Eddy" found along the
riverfront is coincidentally the name of River Action's periodic magazine
and every year the organization gives out awards named the Eddy Award.
This story circle entitled Peace Garden celebrates
Native American themes was created and installed by people on Campbell's
One of the many Riverway Kiosks to be found along the
trails in the Quad Cities adds distinctiveness and offers
information and interpretation.
Milemarkers have been placed
along the riverfront in the Quad Cities.
River Action "Retain the Rain" Program
River Action has had an ambitious "Retain the
Rain" Program (anyone interested should google River
log onto the very information-packed site). Demonstration gardens have been
installed where people can learn and
see "rain gardens," stormwater retention areas and the like.
Great River Brewery
Many attendees will
recall the great micro-brews they discovered in the Quad Cities and more
than a few frequented the Great River Brewery's outdoor seating area where
they sampled the good beers while listening to the trains roll by crossing
Urban Waterfronts 2013 - Creative Collaborations a Success
Attendees came from as far away as Angola and Auckland to join colleagues in
Davenport enjoying a fact-filled program and fun social events at Modern
Woodmen Ballpark and the Figge Art Museum as well as a delicious catfish
Ann Breen and Kathy Wine -- all smiles
Dick Rigby, 2013 jury chair Eric
Burchill from Halifax and board member, Ed Freer
John Dalzell from Waterfront Auckland
chats with founding board member Mike Krieger chat with board member Mike
Dawson in the background
2014 EXCELLENCE ON THE WATERFRONT DEADLINE IS JULY 1
Stay tuned to the web site for 2014 instructions and
The Waterfront Center and The
Upper Mississippi River Conference
One Day Flash Sale
• America's Cup
• 2014 Excellence on the Waterfront Award
Urban Waterfronts 2013 and Upper Mississippi
River Conferences: Creative Collaborations
September 25 - 28, 2013
THREE WEEKS TO GO. Sign up today.
It is not too
late to sign up and be part of our 31st conference along the mighty
Mississippi at the RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa, for what promises to be an
exciting event. Lots of educational sessions, tours, the 2013 Excellence on
the Waterfront Awards ceremony and plenty of time to get to know colleagues
and friends at the social events. You have the option of also attending the
Upper Mississippi River Conference as well. These events comprise a unique
opportunity to learn about the upper Mississippi region as well as projects
across North America.
Walks - AB/DR
America's Cup: Front and
Center in San Francisco
September is the big month for the America's Cup Races. The
very high-tech racing boats and the slim number of competitors have drawn a
lot of criticism from local columnists. For all the hype, the event has not
lived up to the promised bonanza. The Cup has a very big presence on the
downtown waterfront occupying Piers 27/29. America's Cup Park as it is known
includes one large performance venue with bleacher seating, bars, restaurants,
a shop, jumbotron screens for viewers to watch events and lots of public
access. Below are some pictures to give you an idea of the colorful venue.
Google America's Cup for full run-down.
August 2013 Newsletter
Urban Waterfronts 2013 and Upper Mississippi River Conferences:
FOUR WEEKS TO GO. Sign up today.
Join us along the mighty Mississippi at the RiverCenter
in Davenport, Iowa, for what promises to be an exciting event. Lots of
educational sessions, tours, the 2013 Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
ceremony and plenty of time to get to know colleagues and friends at the
social events. These events comprise a unique opportunity to learn about
the upper Mississippi region as well as projects across North Amerca.
Waterfront Walks - AB/DR
A Peek Behind the Scenes at Fisherman's Wharf
Fifty years years ago, Ann remembers eating her first
abalone at a Fisherman's Wharf eatery and drinking that famous Irish
coffee at Buena Vista Cafe. That was about what there was for tourists
back then. Today we could barely navigate the waterfront sidewalks
on a picture-perfect day for all the hundreds of people shopping, eating
and enjoying the bay views. We'll share more of our impressions of that
scene another day.
As a reminder that we will again be featuring the
working waterfront during this year's conference, we wanted to share some
images of the gritty and sometimes humorous behind-the- scenes images that
can found amidst all the touristic hustle, bustle.
Fisherman's Wharf Office Building on the Pier
Businesses at 2907 Jones Street - Fisherman's Wharf
Attractive and informative interpretive signage as part of the Portwalk
Scoma's Fish Receiving
Charter fishing boat being observed by kids who took in a nice catch on
Ship Chandler Mural and vendors
Alioto's welcomes visitors to see their crab tanks
A little history and humor evident
Smiling fish brings a smile
The Center's symbol - the bollard - as artifact
Early Bird Deadline
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weeks left to SAVE:
Urban Waterfront 2013 and Upper Mississippi River Joint Conferences
Early Bird Deadline for Registration and Special Hotel Room Rates AUGUST
Sign up and Save Money. Stay
tuned for new program additions and corrections that will be posted on
our web site in the next week along with the latest
Conference brochure at www.waterfrontcenter.org/Conference/2009607-RiverActionInc_prf2.pdf
Travels in Pennsylvania -- AB/DR
A Walk along a Portion of the North Shore beside Pittsburgh's
Ohio and Allegheny Rivers
In mid-May we joined our friend and former board member
Arthur Ziegler along with his colleague Mike Sriprasert both of Pittsburgh
History & Landmarks Foundation for a stroll along the Ohio and
Allegheny across from the downtown. We walked from the relatively new Rivers
Casino, past the Science Center and the popular baseball stadium ending at the
foot of the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Below are some images we took
along the way. First up on the river side of the casino is a grassy, stepped
down amphitheater. The casino went to some effort to afford river views with a
glass curtain wall. Unfortunately, since the amphitheater was first installed,
large metal stadium seating units have been erected -- which may be there
because of the popularity of the venue and may be only temporary -- but they are
an unsightly intrusion.
Stadium seating blocks the view
The stretch of riverfront's walkway along the shoreline was an early
installation dating to the l980's, so it is no doubt ripe for some sprucing up
in the future. A very large sculpture of the city's beloved Mr.
Rogers is rather unfortunately positioned high above the walkway (seen on the
left of the photo). One wishes for a tribute to his highly imaginary world in
the manner of the Alice in Wonderland installation in Central Park or Peter Pan
in London's Kensington Gardens or a more modern whimsical interpretation.
It would be grand to have a space that kids could actually touch and interact
with. If such a place doesn't exist, maybe there is still room in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Rogers (high up in the
We were a little dismayed to see the lack of visual access
along portions of the walkways. One little way station has a cement wall
blocking views for anyone sitting on the benches provided.
Cement walls block the view
A newer installation exhibits more interesting paving treatment and a handsome
bench although it faces away from the river.
A view of the river, though not from the bench
The only real possible cafe scene occurs upland on the first
floor of an office building. A large grove of trees obscures most of the views
of the river. Given the beautiful river and the dramatic downtown skyline, it is
all the more a pity.
A handsome way-finding map of the riverfront and a very attractive pier
affording access over the river
Way finding map
Pier with river views
Next time we are in Pittsburgh we'll continue our
to 2012 Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award Winner: Morgan's Pier
In mid-July we journeyed to the City of Brotherly Love to
meet up with our good friends
Nick Falk of Urbed, who many of you may have heard at previous conference
(pictured below) and Esther Caplin who were over from London.
It being a hot, humid summer day we decided to take a trip to visit Morgan's
Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) for lunch and check it out. The beer garden on a
pier sits below the Ben Franklin Bridge with commanding views of the Delaware.
The low-key facility with a lot of recycled materials cleverly used for walls,
tables, planters and decoration is very welcoming.
Morgan's Pier beer garden
Details include: traditional beer garden linden trees,
lots of plantings, colorful umbrellas and cushions, cooling misters set up the
the bar areas, booths and picnic tables that all blend together for a
comfortable, casual waterfront experience. In addition to the excellent food
available from the kitchen, beer and beverages from the bard, hot dog and ice
cream vendors were on deck. At night it must be magical with the lights playing
off the water. You can't beat the feeling of being over water. Above all it's
low-key fun, even a little funky, and we need that on our waterfronts. We'll go
back sometime and try it again. Designer David Fierabrand of Groundswell Design
was pleased we enjoyed ourselves and recommends his new installation in Center
City: the Pop Up Beer Garden (313 S. Broad St.)
Morgan's Pier beer garden
Waterfront 2013 and Upper Mississippi River Joint Conferences
Early Bird Deadline for
Registration and Special Hotel Room Rates AUGUST 24
Sign up and Save Money. Stay tuned for new program additions and corrections
that will be posted on our web site in
the next week along with the latest program information.
Lady Liberty Newsletter
Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Statue of Liberty
Many of you may recall these memorable moments prior to
our gala dinner in New York in 2011 -- the eve of when the Statue was
closed for repairs. As reported in the Press of Atlantic City, this July 4th
the Statue will re-open after a $30 million-dollar upgrade to the crown and
millions more in post-Sandy recovery. The 12-acre island was flooded with
surges as high as 8 feet but Lady Liberty was spared. Hundreds of National
Park Service workers from all over America spent weeks cleaning mud and
debris, plus numerous other recovery efforts. The statue was dedicated in
1886 and welcomes about 3.5 million visitors. Hooray and we envy those in
New York who will witness this 2013 celebration.
Passaic River Coalition Mourns the Loss of Director Ella Fillapone
Ella Fillapone, a longtime supporter of the Waterfront
Center, died June 21. For 43 years she worked tirelessly in protecting the
Passaic River Watershed to improve the water supply and environment of
northern New Jersey. As part of her legacy, over 1500 acres have been
protected in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy. We had the pleasure
of Ella's expertise when she served on our 201l Excellence on the Waterfront
Credit: Ann Breen
She is pictured here second from the left next to
Chris Carlson, jury chair and Jim August and Rick Barrett. Ella was
the epitome of a dedicated citizen working tirelessly for the good of her
community and her beloved Passaic River.
Urban Waterfronts 2013 Early Bird Cut-Off Date: August 24
The early bird cut-off date for both conference
registration and special hotel room rates is August 24. If attending the
Waterfront Center conference you save $100 and for the combined Upper
Mississippi River Conference/Urban Waterfronts 2013 you save $60. Special
hotel rates are $104 at the Radisson (563 322 2200) or $139 at the
historic Hotel Blackhawk (888 525 4455). Make your reservations directly
and mention the Waterfront Conference to get the special rate. Act
today, the block is limited.
Summer Solstice Newsletter
Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Deadline
Approaches! Entries must be postmarked by June 28! Be sure to send
to the Cape May, New Jersey address as instructed on the entry form.
Questions: call 609
in New Jersey – The Center’s summer home.
Happy Summer – Celebrate Solstice
Waterfront Travels – AB/DR
Nothing says summer more than outdoor eating -
especially on the waterfront - and ice cream!
Nobody seems to love ice cream any time
of day or night more than Croatians as we observed on a recent trip to
several historic cities on the Adriatic coast.
some photos of these fascinating waterfront places as a nod to summer
The Roman Emperor Diocletian built his
vast retirement palace in Split around 300 BC.
Dubrovnik, dating to the 7th century,
is a storied old city that has truly bounced back from the devastating
bombing it experienced in the early ‘90s.
Tourists by the thousands flock to
visit the Old Town with its famous walls and forts, beautiful
architecture, churches and museums.
The waterfront boasts a bustling
restaurant scene, lots of boats and a walkway.
The nearby charming town of Cavtat
dates back the Greeks and Romans and is a quiet contrast to Dubrovnik.
Its waterfront affords great opportunities for seafood dining and
CONFERENCE BROCHURE NOW ON
Check out www.waterfrontcenter.org
to get a look at the 2013 "Creative Collaborations" conferences
to be held in Davenport, Iowa on the Mississippi River. Early bird rates
extend until August
Special hotel rates apply until August 24 as well. If you are sure you
will be attending, reserve now to be sure to take advantage of the
$104/per night at the Radisson Quad Cities (563-322-2200)
and $139/per night and the recently restored Hotel Blackhawk (888-525-4455)
- an historic property. You must phone the hotels directly. A
limited number of rooms have been blocked so act today!
You can register for the
conference online by clicking on the "Register Online" link
above, by mail by filling the form in the "Brochure" link
above or by calling River Action at 563-322-2969.
REMINDER: Excellence on
the Waterfront Awards Deadline is JUNE 28.
Visit Awards for
entry forms and details.
Center Celebrates in Cambridge
Center Board Member Charles Norris and
his wife Diane co-hosted a get-together at their home in April in
anticipation of the Center’s 32nd birthday May 1st. Long-time supporters
and friends had a marvelous evening. Co-director Rigby, in “B” hat,
hugs old friends Charlotte DeWitt and Marc Older. Charlotte was an early
pioneer organizing waterfront festivals in Gloucester and Newburyport in
the 1980s before moving to the international scene. Marc Older was with
the Boston Redevelopment Authority back in those early days and is now
consulting on his own.
Dick Rigby, Charlotte DeWitt and Marc Older
Charles Norris, a long-time Center
Advisor is pictured with another of our old friends, Vivien Li, president
of The Boston Harbor Association. Charley has also been a close advisor to
Charles Norris and Vivien Li
Diane Norris, artist and architect, is
pictured with Peter Kuttner, of Cambridge 7 Associates. Peter served
on our 2011 awards jury. C7 is recipient a several Excellence on the
Peter Kuttner and Diane Norris
Co-director Breen is shown with the man
behind our web pages, Stewart McKenzie and his wife Ricki.
Ricki McKenzie, Stewart McKenzie and Ann Breen
Looks to Update the Inner Harbor
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore
and the Greater Baltimore Committee have begun a major study of the
Inner Harbor and have hired the design firm Ayers Saint Gross to
evaluate and make recommendations. The study will also include other reaches
of the harbor. Laurie Schwartz, executive director of the Partnership,
allows as how the city has changed significantly over the last 40 years
since the first portions of the Inner Harbor were opened and feels the area
needs a re-evaluation. Those involved in the study have begun seeking ideas
from the local community and stakeholders. In mid-April the Partnership
hired Waterfront Center directors Ann Breen and Dick Rigby to take
part in an all-day workshop that included a tour of the area and a
brainstorming session. Center co-director Breen presented a
specially-prepared hour-long illustrated presentation of waterfront examples
from around the world to help stimulate the afternoon discussion.
Recent Additions to the Harbor:
Pierces Park, designed by Susan
Flanigan, is another initiative of the Waterfront Partnership, now up and
running. on the Inner Harbor. The park is a memorial to Pierce Flanigan, a
local businessman and community leader who was a Partnership board member.
The park includes locally designed and fabricated sculpture and landscape
features designed to encourage play as seen in the accompanying photos.
Park in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Photo credit: Ann Breen
Floating Wetlands have also been
installed in the waters of the Inner Harbor. These constructed wetlands help
offset the hardscape along the shoreline helping to regain some the
ecosystem benefits typically provided by wetlands including improved water
quality and habitat for ducks and fish. Pictured here is an interpretive
sign on the promenade that helps the visitor understand the workings of the
Floating Wetlands in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Photo credit: Ann Breen
26th Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program.
Waterfronts 2013 – September 26-28 – Davenport, Iowa
Look for the 31st annual conference flyer to be in the
This year’s added bonus is the chance to be part of the
6th annual Upper Mississippi River Conference to take place September
Note: The photographs of the Gloucester MA
Harbor Walk shown in the previous newsletter were taken by Charles Norris.
Gloucester’s Harborwalk – a Real Treat
In early April, Sarah Garcia, harbor planning director, City of Gloucester, Massachusetts gave directors, Ann Breen and Dick Rigby, Center Board Member, Charles Norris and Center webmaster, Stewart McKenzie and his wife Ricki a tour of the new HarborWalk in the city and along the harbor. This innovative interpretive walkway offers 42 “story moments” that share the history and contemporary culture of this historic seaport. Illustrations and explanation panels are mounted on granite piles. Added features include maps and the ability to use your smartphone to send a vintage photo postcard to friends and family. With your phone you can also access recordings of everything from poetry readings to bird calls. Visit www.ghwalk.org. The HarborWalk was designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. , an early sponsor of Urban Waterfronts 2013 to be held in Davenport September 26-28. Sarah Garcia will be making a presentation at the conference, Saturday, September 28 about the city’s issues with protecting and enhancing this historic working waterfront.
Photographs by Charles Norris
WATERFRONT CONFERENCE PROGRAM SET -- SPEAKER SUGGESTIONS WELCOME, DEADLINE MARCH 25
The Center conference opens Thursday night, September 26, and runs to Saturday afternoon, the 28th. In addition to our diverse program lineup, the conference will offer an opening Water Ceremony, two receptions, the conference luncheon, Continental breakfasts and coffees– all included in the low conference registration fee. The first announcement of the 2013 “Excellence on the Waterfront” honor awards comes Friday afternoon, Sept. 27, followed by a champagne reception. There will be tours offered on Saturday afternoon as well.
The program lineup is as follows:
• Creative Collaborations – Getting to Yes with Multiple Players
• The Mixed-Use Waterfront – Complex Undertakings in Cities Large and Small
• The Public Realm and the Role of Cultural Attractions – Waterfront Attractions for the People
• The Working Waterfront – A Favorite Topic of the Waterfront Center for 30 Years
• Environmental Considerations and Solutions – Design With Nature, or Else!
Sessions will be held at the Quad Cities River Center in downtown Davenport. It is connected to the two conference hotels: The Hotel Blackhawk and the Radisson, which are offering special conference rates until August 24.
Creative Collaborations is the title of the joint conferences of the Center and River Action Inc. of the Quad Cities. Its conference opens Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25 with a reception, exhibits and a catfish fry. Its sessions run Thursday and Friday mornings and will cover the recreational river, the working waterfront, riverfront development and the Mississippi watershed, plus tours on Thursday afternoon .
A joint admission allows delegates to attend both conferences.
The conferences will provide a chance to take aboard the significant accomplishments along the Quad Cities riverfronts of the last 30 years, including a river trail connecting eight communities, an educational facility in a marsh, a 25-year-old bridge lighting well ahead of its time plus a major way-finding program and public art installations.