Gdańsk is quite uniquely located at the crossroads of sea and river routes, waterways of the Vistula river at the Baltic estuary, as well as the Radunia and Motława rivers. This specific waterscape and landscape have determined the spatial development of the town. The daily living as shown in literary and iconographic records proves that water was the omnipresent element of the city’s life.
It is important today to show Gdańsk through its relation to water. It could serve as a starting point for the improvement of existing and future public spaces, establishing the directions and the character of the town’s development in the future as well as identifying of challenges. The Gdańsk future vision should incorporate water as the basis for formulating the town’s concept of freedom, creating attractive public space – venue for artistic expression and daily activity of the inhabitants.