An emerging waterfront city

12 Sep 2012

Woods Bagot designs new harbour development in New Caledonia

The approach seeks to advance a 'sensitive' urban design. It is explained by a 'poetics of the urban', capable of qualifying territories dismembered in identifiable places. La Petite Rade (the little bay) is an opportunity to lay the foundations of shared knowledge, usable and therefore replicable methods. This implies the ability to offer new territorial readings, relied on representations and innovative visualisation tools.

Spatial dimensions, temporal and cultural invite to preferred dynamics readings. It is well to substitute utopia adaptability to the plurality, complexity and scalability of reality to measure the multiple dimensions without excluding any, to explore the potentialities and possibilities rather than ‘to evacuate or to freeze them in formal solutions. It is regarded as the landscape as a spatial and temporal mind to explore rather than an array to rebuild or resume. It is still considered sustainable development as interim resolutions, unstable equilibrium, always moving, always looking for a new equilibrium, not the figure or an ideal balance of design, structural, physical and normative in which each thing is in its rightful place as a virtuous principle and definitive.

The sensitive, poetic, these are expected, involving readings and cross apprehensions, multidirectional and multidimensional, the ability to place objects of study subject, and in turn the subject project. Unlike architecture, which materialises, the project retains the dimensions here as possible: there is a representation. Sensitive Urban Design proposes then to work on developing representations, cross themselves, multidirectional and multidimensional, to broaden the fields of possibilities. So can they be shared and produce effects?  It has provided for the here and now. With more perspective, the City of Nouméa faces the challenges that other cities have similar resolved, including most of the European port cities that are past twenty years involved with this process of re-qualification

The design of the waterfront in Nouméa is designed to reprogram the existing land uses to support a unified view of the harbour, creating a new identity based on ecological principles, to bridge the gap between past, present and future.

Key Facts

New Caledonia
Urban design

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