Science Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
November, Volume 2014, ISSN: 2276-6332

Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


CASE STUDY OF ANTWERP: The Connection of Old Port and Central Station


Candidate of Master of Architectural Planning, Dongguk University, Seoul

Accepted 15 November, 2014; Available Online 11 November, 2014.



Old port, once a center of old development until it shifted to central station as the center of new development. Now, station means a node that helps generating the new or modern development of its neighborhood. Then it raises questions of the connection between old port and central station. This study defines this connection of the port and the central station from the perspectives of urban design elements. It presents a case study of Antwerp by examining visual corridor, programmatic use, and pedestrian linkage that would critically determine the quality of connection. These elements are analyzed from the perspective of locations and functions to develop an evaluation method for the quality of connection of city center (station) with the waterfront (port). The results would offer a set of urban design suggestions for the port cities based on the length of the connection that could improve the quality of old port - central station connection. While these checklists and principles may vary depending on local circumstances, they can be useful starting points for initializing design process.

Keyword:Old Port, Central Station, Connection, Visual Corridor, Programmatic Use, Pedestrian Linkage, Policy Suggestion