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Amy Schofield

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With the project situated in Gdansks historical Shipyard, the topic of my own study was to investigate the waterfront development practice and thus finding what makes the great waterfront manifesto. The Post-industrial void is a challenge shared by many cities. The predicament of how to develop the abandoned industrial waterfront offers new opportunities to reimagine principles of urban architecture. Throughout the 20th century, waterfront regeneration produced many variations in design approaches across the globe from Liverpool to New York, all adding to the waterfront development debate. Analysing these manifesto’s and their degree of success in repairing the physical and social connections within the city has led to a greater understanding of the complexities associated to Gdańsks own historical shipyard. A list of principles and urban achievements emerged in this research that answered what makes a development successful, elements such as better infrastructure, permeability, increased land value…etc. However, what makes the great waterfront manifesto is the principle to preserve an authentic identity that is reflective of its history and society. It was this aspect that was tested in my own individual site. By respecting the historical relevance and the importance of conserving Polish culture, I created a project that preserved and celebrated the memory of its history in shipbuilding and offers a place full of polish culture in the form of a creative urban district.

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1. External view of the Maritime and Culture Centre along the Harbour Wall.
2. Final wall presentation showing all the final drawings together.
3. Introduction board showing location of site within masterplan and three diagrams that explain existing site, programme and the final proposed design.
Existing Site - There are three aspects of the site that are worthy of retention in the final design. All three are essential and evocative elements of the site’s heritage. 1-100CZNIA, 2-Ulica Elektryków, 3-Existing cranes and shipping Infrastructure.
Programme - The proposed building became a place to celebrate the shipbuilding industry. The ships would be brought to the wet dock west of the site (1), for a celebration of their retirement. Then the ships would be recycled across the river (2). After recycling, fragments of the ship would return to the site to be displayed again, as a monument to shipbuilding history in Gdańsk (3)
Proposed Design - The building on the site can be described in two elements. A linear building and a shed. The linear building is a rational space that rests upon the edge of the wet dock and then an open shed structure creates an uninterrupted route right towards the water.
4. Birds eye view of site, recycling centre and overall masterplan.
5. Contextual ground floor plan and programme diagram.
6. Site cross section showing main spaces, with visual of gallery space above.
7. First board of visuals showing eternal spaces around the site, (left visual) Ulica Elektryków (Electricians' Street) is a small district within the shipyard where nightlife has breathed new life into the area. This a view taken from the main entrance of the street looking down towards the existing historical crane and the new proposed shed structure on the left. (top right) This view shows how the walkway within the structure creates a platform over the broken shipyard. From this level users will be able to appreciate the full scale and details of the ship structures from different aspects.
8. Second board of visuals, (top right) The New 100CZNIA - The new location of 100CZNIA is now closer to the proposed site meaning it can become an extension of the Arts Centre and even the Elektryków Street.

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