Rivers have provided reason for development throughout history. As a result, many of today's major cities sit at the rivers edge. For those cities that span both sides if a river, treatment of the water's edge is very important to the perception of the river in the city.
This thesis looks at urban rivers, and utilizing them as unifying spaces. In order to deal with the river as a space, people must be able to partake in that space. As such, they must be able to inhabit the land at the water's edge. The thesis uses a site on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts, where the movement systems along the water's edge start to break down, and thus so does the perception of the river as a space. The master-plan, the site and the building, a cultural institute about the Charles River, are used to bring people to the rivers edge and into the space of the river.