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Gondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of Gondomar’s River Douro Waterfront

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  • 1. 5th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & TownsSession A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districts Gondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of Gondomars River Douro Waterfront PORTUGAL Gondomar Municipality
  • 2. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Joaquim Flores joaquim.flores@gmail.com PORTUGAL Gondomar Municipality
  • 3. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Structure Introduction Objectives POLIS Programme Gondomar Municipality Gondomar Polis Project Conclusions
  • 4. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Objectives To present the Gondomar Polis Project in relation with the Aalborg Commitments: 1- regeneration of an area environmentally degraded for the benefit of all; 2 – avoid urban sprawl in a greenfield site; 3 – rehabilitation and re-use of cultural heritage; 4 – promote high quality urban design standards
  • 5. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront POLIS Programme Programme for Urban Improvement and Environmental Enhancement of Towns and Cities - Portuguese Program of the central administration in partnership with the local city councils, initiated in 2000 - Main Objective: - To improve the quality of live in Portuguese cities through urban and environmental interventions
  • 6. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront POLIS Programme Interventions in 39 Portuguese cities: - 28 large integrated operations - 12 minor interventions
  • 7. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Municipality full signatory of the Aalborg Charter North of Portugal One of the 14 municipalities of Porto Great Metropolitan Area
  • 8. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Municipality Census of 2001 - population of 164.096 inhabitants 131,9 Km2 of Area Gold jewellery handcraft, Services, Agriculture and Forest, are the main economic activities Forest Area Forest Spaces forest, agriculture and natural Forest in Urban Consolidated protected resources - more than 50% of Territory
  • 9. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Municipalitygives continuity tothe Porto River PortoDouro Front along35 Km Gondomar River Douro waterfront Atlantic waterfront
  • 10. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis ProjectPotential:Riverfront of 35 Km Problems: - the urban growth becomes progressively stronger- leisure phenomenonalso generates pressure - private ownership - Leads to Environmental degradation
  • 11. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project1999/2000: National Road 108Strategic Plan Porto14 Km of riverfront main objectives: control the urban sprawl requalify the area in a sustainable way, (saving Crestuma environmental qualities, improving at Dam the same time the economic and social - level of the local inhabitants)
  • 12. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project2001:Gondomar PolisProject approved4,5 Km of riverfront44 hectares14.900.000,00€90% Central Government10% MunicipalityStarted 2002Will finish in 2009
  • 13. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Porto Oriental Park Gondomar City Centre Freixo (Porto) Museums and marina Gramido valley park / Green corridor Pedestrian and cycle way – 1,5 Km Gramido central node Pedestrian and cycle way – 4,5 Km
  • 14. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Strategic Actions: - Surveys and Studies - Waterfront requalification projects and works
  • 15. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Surveys and Studies: - Geographical Information System (GIS) - Sight Plan - River pollution surveys (partnership) - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • 16. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Sight Plan
  • 17. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Waterfront requalification projects and works: - Waterfront requalification - Rehabilitation of Gramido Historic House - Construction of Gramido Nautical Centre - Construction of Gramido car parking
  • 18. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Preliminary Program Definition of 5 Waterfront Requalification Units (Projects) - Units A, B, C, D e E according to landscape units
  • 19. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Preliminary Program Flood survey and cartography
  • 20. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Preliminary Program Technical specifications for cycle and pedestrian way
  • 21. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Polis Project Preliminary Program Project Criteria: - Concrete program definition - Quality design standards - Universal mobility (all locals accessible) - Connections with public transportation - Avoid impermeabilization of the soil - Flood study – appropriated materials and techniques - Use of local adapted vegetation, avoiding green spaces with watering systems
  • 22. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Rehabilitation of Gramido Historic House Museum of Gold Jewellery (2005/2006) – 788.600,00€ Partnership - AIORN
  • 23. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gramido Nautical Centre (2006-2007) 1.350.000,00€Partnership – Local ClubMix of generations
  • 24. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Waterfront requalification Partnership with Public Institute to bring tourist Unit C – Gramido boats 1.600.000,00€ 33.000 m2 389 m of waterfront 456 m of cycle and pedestrian way 5.100 m2 of public / green space
  • 25. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Gondomar Environmental Centre Passal Farm Partnership with Lipor Environmental education Sustainable design Energy and water conservation Biological farms Educational farm
  • 26. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Conclusions Weakness - Lack of public participation - Central Government financial support dependence - Time delay due to complex plot of public/private entities
  • 27. Session A5- Sustainable (re-)designing of districtsGondomar Polis Project - Sustainable Requalification of GondomarsRiver Douro Waterfront Conclusions Strengths - Avoid urban sprawl in a green area - Environmental and landscape requalification of this degraded green area - Turning a semi-public area in a quality public green space for benefit of all - Promote tourism to bring local income - Establishment of partnerships to ensure sustainable exploration

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