This critical review will help to understand the criteria which make regeneration projects successful in urban blue environments.

The team is systematically searching and compiling information from projects that have taken place across the world, and will use their results to inform the design of interventions within BlueHealth.

Searching in both respected commercial and academic publications, this project will cast a wide net to identify recent waterfront projects which have delivered benefits to health and wellbeing, and those which have become established features in their local areas. It will include award winning projects and focus on schemes that have been constructed in the last fifteen years.

The review will include a number of blue space types and sizes. It will assess factors such as public awareness and perception, cultural impact, changes to the accessibility of and interaction with a space, and aesthetic appeal.

Since the use of water depends very much on local climate and seasonality, examples will be gathered from different climatic zones across the world.

The review is underway and results will be available shortly. The team’s findings will help them to design effective urban acupuncture projects in Tallinn and Anne Kanal.