Urban Designer, Architect and Researcher

Warta River Development Strategy 2012-2030

Waterfront Design and Water Safety Strategy for Poznan City

  • Site: 5.600ha River Warta Area in Poznań, Poland

  • Program: Development Strategy, Financial and Economic Feasibility Study, Water Safety Strategy

  • Status: Completed

  • Client: City of Poznań, SwedeCenter, Partners voor Water

  • In colaboration with: Kuiper Compagnons, RoyalHaskoningDHV


Where land meets water attractive places for living arise. The spatial development of river areas in many Polish cities bear the consequences of the rather one dimensional ‘engineering approach’ towards the river, that was dominant during the second half of the 20st century. Within this approach solutions to manage the rivers were considered from a more technical, instead of natural, perspective. In this period in Poland many rivers were canalized and the main goal was to discharge river water as fast as possible towards seas.

Strategies and plans in which water and spatial planning and design are integrated require often complex processes. Many parties are involved and the stakes are high for nature, public and economy. A successful strategy or plan on the integration of water and spatial planning and design however has always the following three key factors for success: safety, quality, feasibility.

By creating integral framework and three alternatives, implementation plan is made, including all the subprojects, possibilities and possible vision of River Warta and city Poznan 2030.

Development Strategy for the river Warta in Poznan is part of the execution of Strategy Poznan 2030. The project is a joint initiative of the City of Poznan, the Dutch Governmental Subsidy Program under ‘Partners for Water’, the Dutch consultancy firms KuiperCompagnons and RoyalHaskoningDHV (engineering).


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