The multifunctionality of open spaces along the urban waterfront was examined based on the case study South Bank in Brisbane, Australia. The South Bank precinct along the Brisbane River provides a multiplicity of usage opportunities for diverse social groups. But, the site must be prepared for the event of flooding that might recur anytime. Therefore it integrates a comprehensive flood management approach on the basis of the 'PPRR model' (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery). This Master's thesis investigates the physical framework of South Bank respective of multiple uses and flood risk management. Furthermore, gender-sensitive aspects were assessed in order to figure out if the design of the parklands fosters a diversity of user groups. The spatial, social and economical organisation of the site are illustrated in form of actual land use maps (buildings, facilities and streetscapes) and field mappings. The latter include various open spaces and streets that are comprehensively described and analysed. The findings are criteria for the development of multifunctional open spaces on the waterfront. Moreover, measures deal with the reduction of flood risk and inclusion of gender-sensitive aspects within the landscape planning. Also, planning measures are elaborated for the case study area. Even though the South Bank precinct offers multiple use opportunities and provide for a social diversity, planners should take into consideration actions in terms of enhancing the connections to the surrounding neighbourhoods and open spaces. Moreover, the location of appropriate usages within ground floor zones minimizes the risk of flooding, and may further prevent the development of spaces of anxiety. Finally, marginalised user groups should be integrated more comprehensive in planning and implementation processes of urban open spaces. Nevertheless, due to its spatial organisation the case study South Bank in Brisbane depicts a good example for the provision of multifunctional open spaces including disaster risk reduction and a design for a diversity of user groups. Thus, other waterfront developments may learn from the many efficient landscape planning measures included in the spatial structure of the South Bank precinct.