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What is the Future of the

Buffalo Waterfront?
35 Years of Placemaking
• 50 U.S. States, 7 Canadian Provinces
• 41 Countries
• 2500 Communities
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(2008)
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newsletter
Triangulation
Triangulation is the
concept of
clustering
activities together
to create a busy,
dynamic place for
many different types
of people at
different times of
day. 1. Iconic Clock
2. Waterfront
Promenade
3. Flexible open
space
4. Public Art
5. Information
6. Promenade
7. Banners
Adverting Local
Event
8. Vendors
9. Marina
10. Sidewalk
cafes
Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper
• Comfort, Amenities & Public Art
• Activation Events
• Interim Public Spaces
• Light Development
Benches are artifacts, the purpose of which is to
punctuate architectural photographs. They are not so
good for sitting.

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC


SPACES
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
“What attracts
people most it
would appear,
is other people.”
One of the best things about water is the look and feel of
it…It’s not right to put water before people and then keep
them away from it.

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC


SPACES
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
If you want to seed a place with
activity, put out food.

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC


SPACES
It’s hard for people to realize that creating a place is
more important than design. ─ PPS
What if we Built our Communities around
Happiness and Community Wellbeing?

Comfort and Amenities


PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC
SPACES
Waterfront Case Studies
• Granville Island, Vancouver
• Paris Plage
• Hamburg Beach Clubs
• Gabriel’s Wharf, UK
Case Study: Granville Island
Economic Impact
• Annual Economic Activity $215-million
• Current Employment - 3,000 employed in 267
businesses
• Tax Receipts (1982 to 2006): $393-million

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES


PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES
Case Study: Paris Plage
Gabriel’s Wharf, London, UK-Before
Gabriel’s Wharf, London, UK-After
Gabriel’s Wharf
Uses:
Market, A3, Performance
Space
Area: 20,000 sq.ft (1,858
sq.m) (internal and
external)
Jobs Created: 60
USM Investment: £78,000

Gabriel’s Wharf
Buffalo
Waterfront
Water connections
Water taxi
Ferries
Tour boats
Pedestrian bridges
Personal Watercraft
Land connections
Tours
Bike paths and Bike Racks
Trails
Bus/shuttles
Plantings
Art-based Wayfinding:
Banners, Flags, Murals
Lighting
Signage and Maps
Buffalo Waterfront
Connections
Inner Harbor
Multi-Use Marketplace
Multi-Use Square
Daily Programs for Children &
Adults
Seating with Umbrellas
Moveable tables and chairs
Potted trees, plants
Street Performers
Small Bandstand
Bike Racks

Arts , Culture, Food Market


Containers, Tents,
Work/Sell/Show Spaces
Observation Deck [“Ghost
Structure”]
Flags/Banners

Water-Uses
Water Shows
Floating Docks
Hamburg Waterfront, Germany
Hamburg Waterfront, Germany
Paris Plage, France
Inner Harbor
Boardwalk Beach
Central Square
Info Kiosk
Restrooms & Showers
Kayak/Bike Rental
Signage: Historic &
Wayfinding
Moveable Tables and Chairs

Beer Garden
Restaurant
Seating with Umbrellas

Beach
Volleyball
Lounge Seating
Umbrellas
Water Feature, Misters
Inflatable paddle pools
Potted trees, plants
Inner Harbor
Flexible Lawn
SkyWay Swing Park
Artist Designed Swings
Picnic Tables
Public Art
Bike Center
Rental, Repair, Retail
Picnic Lawn
Picnic Tables & Adirondack Chairs
Games
Arts and Crafts Trailers
Flexible Event Space
Stage
Liberty Pole
Dog Park
Urban Agriculture
Demonstration
Bio-Intensive Farm
Educational Center
Inner Harbor
Naval Park & Commercial Slip
Veterans’s Walk
Gateway Landmark and Signage
Floating Docs
Uplighting of Boats
Naval Museum & Hangar
Bistro with Dockside Seating
Boat Building
Community Room
Boardwalk
Military Music
Colorful Flags and Banners
Light and Sound Show
Food Concessions
Commercial Slip
Highlight History
Restrooms
Boatbuilding
Access to Water and Historic Boats
Hands on Education on Aquatic Life
Outer Harbor
Former Cargill/Ice Boom
Water Activities
Small Boat Area
Scuba Diving
Regattas & Watersports
Portable Docks
Amenities
Temporary Boat House
Gazebo
Wildflower Gardens
Bike Racks
Seating, Trash Cans, Restrooms
Horeseshoe Pits
Festival Grounds
Education
Fish & Wildlife Demonstration
Projects
BirderHaus: bird feeders, aviary,
science programs
Boat Building &Sailing Instruction
Outer Harbor
Small Boat Harbor
Amenities
More Restaurants
Outdoor Retail market
Beach Volleyball, Bocce
Fire Pits
Bike Racks and Rental
Seaway Trail Signage
Landscaping, Gardens, Color
Wi-Fi

Water Uses
“Boat In” Movies
Fishing Rentals, Tackle shop
Small Craft Rentals and Launch
Drinks/dining on historic ship
docked at pier
Outer Harbor
Union Ship Canal
Water Uses
Kayak Water Polo
Dragon Boat Races
“Boat ballet”
Small Boat Rental:
Amenities
Food Concession + seating, tents
Bathrooms
Water Based Light installations
Jogging, walking, biking loop - races
Nature Playground
Events
Small Concerts
Firefly Festival
Star Gazing Events
Regattas
Buffalo River
Riverfest Park
Amenities
Sprinkler Park
Paint and/or Light Elevators
Amenities for Adjacent
Skateboarders:
Banners and Flags
Events
Neighborhood Performances
Fishing Tournament
Skate Competition
Water Uses
Fishing
Water Taxi
Food Pavilion
Outdoor Tables and Chairs on
Patio
Beer/Wine

BBQ Pits, Food Trucks, Ice Cream


Buffalo River
“Dead Man’s Cove”
Water Uses
Fishing Pier
Pirate Themed Row Boat
Rental
Replanting of the Creek

Amenities
“Dead Man’s Cove” Pirate-
themed Playground
BBQ Grills
Bike Racks
Signage
Toilets
Coffee Cart
Small Dog Park
Buffalo River
Grain Elevators
Urban Outdoor Adventure
Boat tours, Launch and Docks
(Mountain) Biking route

On / among Grain Elevators:


- Rock Climbing
- Zipline & Ropes Course
- Observation Deck
- Giant Slide
- Wildflower Gardens

Events, Festivals, Banquets


Bar or Restaurant
Projections, Film screenings
Public Art Destination
Concerts

Tours
Phone App/Downloadable Tour
Webcam of Best Views Broadcast to
Visible Locations
Water Taxi Stop
Buffalo Waterfront
Winter Programming
Holiday Markets
Parades
Cross Country Skiing
Ice Fishing
Snowman Contest
Snowman Fashion Show
Lighting Events
Pond Hockey
Ice Carving
Festivals and Fairs
AS A GROUP,
Mark up the poster text & pictures:
1. Suggest changes or new uses, including
activities, amenities and light infrastructure.
2. Star the ideas you like the best
3. Suggest people and partners who could
help in implementation and activation
1. Individuals with a specific talents or interest
2. Organizations, clubs or associations
3. Public or private concerns who can implement
ideas
AS A GROUP,
Mark up the poster text & pictures:
4. Take notes on the poster; one person to
report for the group