This thesis tackled Trondheim’s problematic relation to its waterfront and includedNyhavna as an opportunity for improving this relationship in the future. It approachedtwo existing active waterfronts in Trondheim, Brattøra, and Korsvika and conductedpublic life studies using mixed-method research. Using observation, survey, andinterviews, it approached the users of waterfronts and surveyed their activities, feelings,perception, and behavior in waterfronts. Participants public life provided some insightsthat were suggested for implementation for the future of Nyhavna’s public spacewaterfront. Furthermore, it concluded that waterfronts are public spaces. In order to makethem more welcoming to different groups of the society, it needs to provide variousopportunities for social life activities besides the presence of open water.