This master plan proposes an integral intervention that reestablishes the public nature of the coastal front, connecting citizens with the river and introducing resilient water management strategies that are essential both in terms of sustainability and urban revitalization. The design proposal has two main objectives: first, to design a comprehensive strategy to revitalize the historic center of the city and then re-articulate the city with the Suriname River. Together, these two strategies will help reconnect the metropolitan area of Paramaribo with the historic center of the city. Four different activities took place in the living laboratory, and within them an urban narrative, composed by a series of prototypes, was implemented.
(i) The first task was to adapt boats as spaces for dialogue with citizens through storytelling as a tactic to collect data. On each tour, the passengers heard a story (created by Cynthia Macleod) that told the evolution of the coastal front through time. What would be the past, the present and the future of the front from the perspective of the citizen?
(ii) For the second task we installed an observation tower as a platform to obtain new perspectives of the coastline.
(iii) In the third task we proposed a bike path in which we collected opinions about it, in order to propose future bikeway networks in the city.
(iv) In the fourth task we organized a space for activities and meetings for the community where we could gather ideas and opinions for the future of the border.