Coming events discussing the port-city relationship

Coming events discussing the port-city relationship

In the coming months there will be several congresses and workshops focused on the port-city relationship and waterfront regeneration. In previous posts we already talked about the 16th World Conference Cities and Ports. Now we know which academics and professionals will be the rapporteurs leading the debate on the next generation of port cities. From the academia, Prof. Carola Hein (TU Delft), Prof. Peter Hall (SFU Vancouver) or Prof. Tom Daamen (TU Delft) among others, will provide inputs from a multidisciplinary perspective. Flavio Tejada (ARUP – IE Univ.) and Isabelle Vries (Stadshavens Rotterdam) will share their expertise as leaders of redevelopment operations. Finally, representatives from the port sector will also provide another crucial perspective on port cities, from the port/industry side, for example Tiziana Murgia from the italian Assoporti, or Jacques Paquin, from Trois-Riviere Port in Quebec.

The goal of the congress is quite ambitious, since this year the AIVP celebrates its 30th anniversary, presenting the opportunity to asses the evaluation of port-city policies. At the same time, 2017 was the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Brundtland Report that presented the based on which most research and governance initiatives on Sustainable Development (SD) have been based on. The AIVP conferences is an excellent opportunity to understand how can port cities contribute to SD and can we develop sustainable port-city relationships. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a base on which scholars and practitioners will work on and discuss, updating the Charter for Sustainable Development of Port Cities presented in the AIVP World Conference from Sydney 2006.

Special Waterfront Session during the 25th APDR Congress

Besides the AIVP congress, there are other academic events that are worth participating. In Lisbon, during the 25th Congress of the Portuguese Association for Regional Development (APDR), Dr. André Fernandes is chairing a special session dedicated to waterfronts titled: “Waterfront Redevelopment Processes: New Issues and Challenges“. It will be a great opportunity to discuss issues such as climate change and port cities, the issue of identity and cultural heritage and governance models. Besides the international discussion, it is also interesting to meet Portuguese colleagues, such as Prof. João Figueira de Sousa and Prof. João Pedro Costa, besides André Fernandes, that have researched the port-city relationship, and are experts on the Portuguese context specially the case of Lisbon, today so often discussed. The conference will take place in Lisbon, during the 5th and 6th of July, and the abstract submission deadline is the 6th May.

Workshop in Naples  “Cities from the Sea, City-port System and the Waterfront as Common”

During spring time, another opportunity to discuss the port-city relation will be in Naples, the 4th International Workshop “Cities from the Sea, City-port System and the Waterfront as Common“, chaired by Prof. Massimo Clementi. This workshop,  is destined to participants from different disciplines as architects, planners, psychologist,students, who are concerned with port-cit-sea relationship. The event will take place in April 16-21. The new deadline for the application is March 21st, and the fee is 100€. PhD researchers, architects and community psychologists will be guiding the work groups, bridging theory and practice. Naples is a complex port-city, with a cultural historical palimpsest and a topography characterized by the Mount Vesuvious. The port plays an important role in the city’s economy, and hosts all possible sectors, from cruises to shipyards, including different cargo terminals. The students will work on three specific areas, proposing new scenarios based on sustainable development.

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View of Naples, with the port standing between the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

PhD Symposium Interfaces in the Built Environment. Bridging Technology and Culture in the Baltic Sea Region

In April 16, will take place the PhD Symposium “Interfaces in the Built Environment.
Bridging Technology and Culture in the Baltic Sea Region“. The event will be hosted in the Hafencity University in Hamburg, chaired by Prof. Annette Bögle, and continues the work developed for the Balttic International Summer School (BISS), providing a multidisciplinary approach on urban development problems. The symposium is free of charge, and although it is limited to 25 participants, it will be interesting to share different approaches to common urban problems. Colleagues from the HCU, such as Elida Ríos, will present their current research on waterfront public spaces.  The scientific committee is formed by professors from Baltic port cities such as Gdansk or Helsinki. As we have discussed several times during the research, north European countries follow the Hanseatic port governance model, in which the municipality has a stronger and more direct connection with the port authority. The symposium could be an opportunity to do discuss differences between north and south, but also between east and west, since the former soviet countries have key historical differences with the German or Danish scenarios, possibly visible in port cities.

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Hamburg Hafencity. One of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Europe. The Hafencity University is one the key elements of the urban plan. The picture is from few years ago. Today the project is more advanced, already beginning its secong stage.

 

 

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Initiatives focused on the Port-City relation II

Initiatives focused on the Port-City relation II

Last spring we noticed several initiatives focused in the port-city relation. This autumn we also have several events that will bring interesting inputs to the debate from different perspectives.

In this post we will also mention two congresses that took place during the summer months. The proceedings of these events are already available and include interesting papers.

15th AIVP World Conference Cities and Ports ‘Crossovers’

One of the main events focused in the port-city relation will take place this week in Rotterdam. From the 5th to the 7th of October more than 400 delegates will meet to discuss different issues related with relation between the port and the city. The AIVP in collaboration with the Port Authority of Rotterdam have prepared a dense program with speakers coming from different contexts and backgrounds. There will be interesting synergies between the professional and the academic worlds.

Here is the official statement explaining the conference:

Port cities everywhere are facing up to new challenges, both locally and globally. Factors such as energy, climate, e-commerce and “uberisation” of the economy, major geopolitical developments, are all overwhelming 20th century organisations and structures that are proving unequipped to deal with contemporary issues. New synergies, gateways, bridges and other crossovers need to be devised and developed, to ensure that ports, cities, economic stakeholders and citizens are able to play their part in the modernisation of port communities. The aim is to build a city-port relationship that is responsive, resilient, and competitive, while also taking into account the needs of the local population and the environment.

It is possible to work together. A whole host of initiatives have already been adopted, with increasing success. Our 15th worldwide conference in Rotterdam aims to showcase them, working with you to build YOUR future.

Topics:
1. How can crossovers between cities and ports enhance the circular economy?
2. How can crossovers between cities and ports stimulate innovative business climate?
3. How can we use smart technologies for green logistics and industries in port and city?
4. How can joined urban and port planning facilitate the next economy – flexible frameworks of port and city?
5. How can crossovers allow the creation of resilient ports cities facing up to the challenges of climate change
6. How can port cities enhance social innovation, develop new skills and raise the profile and image of the port?

More information here

Port of Lisbon: the future is prepared today

During October a series of conferences and debates has been prepared to discuss several issues related with the port in the context of the Portuguese capital.

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The port day in Lisbon. Retrieved from http://www.portodelisboa.pt

Each week there will be a debate with presentation from various professionals, focused in different specific topics. The issues to be discussed will go from the port-city relation, to the role of the port in the metropolitan area or even the maritime tourism, a hot topic nowadays in Lisbon.

The conclusion of the program will probably take place during the celebrations of the day of the port, on October 31st.

We leave you here a brief glance of the program:

Friday the 6th : Maritime tourism – a new dynamic

Friday the 14th: Innovative solutions for the port-city relation

Friday the 21st: A port with two shores – Multimodal platform of Barreiro

Thursday the 27th: The port of Lisbon – The future is made today

More information here

ISOCARP YPP/YPTDP Workshop Glasgow

The Young Planning Professionals of the ISOCARP workshop will take place in Glasgow by the last week of October. In this meeting the participants, 20 young professionals, will have the chance to discuss the redevelopment of Clyde Waterfront in Glasgow. The  connection new infrastructure and the integration of above and below ground urban design will be the main challenge the participants will have to face.

One of the most interesting aspects of this workshop is the fact the work will be developed by an interdisciplinary team, formed by 10 architects/urban planners and 10 civil engineers.

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The relation between infrastructure and public space to be discussed in Glasgow. Photo retrieved from: http://isocarp.org/ypp-workshop-glasgow-uk-oct-2016-rethinking-clyde-waterfront/

3rd International Workshop “Cities from the Sea – Maritime identity and Urban Regeneration”

In the city of Naples, organized by the Federico II university the 3rd International Workshop “Cities from the Sea – Maritime identity and Urban Regeneration” will take place between the 26th of November and 3rd of December.

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Cities from the Sea. 3rd International Workshop Retrieved from http://www.cnr.it/

In this workshop the participants, 30 student and 6 tutors, will have the chance to discuss the present and the future of the waterfront and port of Naples. The focus of the meeting will be development of port-cities from different perspectives, from urban planning to community psychology. There will an opportunity to interact with the local stakeholders and attend to several conferences from experts from different fields.

The Call for applications, both for students and tutors, is currently open. The deadline is October 14th.

We leave you here some information from the official website.

Topics

  • Urban planning and design in seaside cities, collaborative strategies, community psychology
  • Urban regeneration, place branding and urban marketing for seaside cities
  • Case study and field work areas: Port of Naples and San Giovanni Coast + Nisida Islet, Coroglio and Bagnoli + Historic Waterfront of Naples
  • Interaction with international referees and real stakeholders

Program Remarks

  • Integrated economic/enviromental/social approach
  • Focus group on port cities and coastal urban areas
  • Working with “hungry and foolish” people
  • Real interdisciplinary collaboration among planning, architecture, psychology, economics, ecology, art, social sciences, etc.
  • Interaction with key actors of Napoli metropolitan coast on the land and on the sea
  • “On board” site visits and views from the sea of Napoli metropolitan coast

4th World Port Hackathon

The 4th World Port Hackathon took place on the 2nd and 3rd of September, in the RDM Campus in Rotterdam. During twenty-four hours, 100 hackers took on the challenges from the port of Rotterdam and the port of Singapore. Throughout the World Port Hackathon, the hackers experienced active participation from the port community and there were also many visitors during the Expo and the Grand Finale. (Text retrieved from the official website).

17th IPHS Conference

Last July , the 17th Conference of the International Planning History Society was held in the TU Delft. In this event there several sessions with interesting papers. We can highlight one of them, more related with the port-city topic, titled: Resilience, Path Dependency and Port Cities. Several senior researcher ins the field of waterfront and port-city relations participated in the conference, such as Carole Hein (organizer of the event), Han Meyer or Dirk Schubert.

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IPHS. Retrieved from https://planninghistory.org/

 

The proceedings are already available in the congress website here.

13th International Conference on Urban History

A second congress also in the field of urban history, that took place this summer was the 13th Conference of the EAUH – European Association for Urban History. The event, realized in Helsinki, developed sessions about many different topics, being two particularly relevant for the ongoing investigation. The first one was the M21 European Seaport Culture. In it, several researchers presented investigation concerning several study cases, some of them already analyzed here, such as Rotterdam, Genoa or Marseille. Considering the type of conference the approach was from a historic point of view, but it gave interning insights to specific issues, like for example the origin of the Hafengeburtstag in Hamburg.

The second session relevant to the port-city relation was the S23. Reinterpreting Global History: Second Cities, an Alternative Road to Global Integration in the Nineteenth and Twentieth century. The discussion about the concept of second city, very often connected with the one of port-city, was particularly interesting. The papers were particularly incisive, discussing some cases aforementioned.

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The Port and the City – On board diary

The Port and the City – On board diary

The port-city tour finished after Christmas with the final stop in Lisbon. Since September until December we traveled over 14 500 km visiting the study cases. The photography survey implied taking more than 15 000 photos to be able to get the essence of the difference cases and recognize their identity as port-cities. All the effort as been here narrated and will remain as a research database for the next stages in the investigation as well for other persons that might be interested in the topic.

During this time we have been able to identify what are the main problems affecting the port-city relationship, what are the main solutions been carried out and the important role the context still plays in a globalized world that tends to underestimate it. The inputs provided by the interviewees was precious and we will always be thankful for their time and patience.

The work developed has been summarized and edited into a book with all the posts, the photo essay of each city and the final article to be presented in the AESOP YA congress. This last element will also be published in the blog in the next days. The book is available in the issuu platform and it can also be downloaded in the link indicated at the end of this post.

One of the themes that stood out the most was the issue of social integration of ports. For this reason in the next step of the investigation we will focus on the initiatives that can be done to improve this integration. Fortunately we have the opportunity of collaborating with the AIVP in a current investigation related with this issue. We will be able to know more about the subject, meet with experts and increase the study sample to a worldwide research. In this area one of the most interesting initiatives are the port centers, as we have seen in some cases like Rotterdam. During the work with the AIVP we shall analyze this sort of “tool” and see how it has evolved, from the pioneers in Antwerp and Rotterdam to the most recent one in Livorno.

During the next research stages the focus will turn towards Lisbon, the main study case. Parallel to the collaboration with the AIVP we analyze the Portuguese capital into greater detail in order to identify the specific problems that hinder its relation with the port and the river. At the same time we will keep track of any news related with the research topic. According to the calendar we are currently in the midpoint of the PhD investigation. So far the experience has been rewarding and we will try to keep the work pace to be able to finish the project and deliver an interesting final thesis that could bring new knowledge to the field

 

 

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