Genoa: 5th meeting of the AIVP Port Center Network (PCN) Working Group
A reduced PCN working group meeting brought together around thirty people from Europe and Canada. The meeting was officially hosted by Porto Antico, the Port Authority and the City of Genoa. Over a day and a half, a series of presentations were given by local stakeholders, with opportunity for debate and discussion, sharing of ideas, and field trips including a visit to the Port Center, which recently re-opened to the public, plus the Città dei Bambini, the Galata museum, and a research laboratory specialising in pioneering biomaterials.
Port Center projects continue to prove very popular with port city stakeholders. While some are still in the early stages of development, Port Centers are gradually establishing themselves as genuine, versatile resources for reconnecting city and port. Port Centers evolve differently from one port city to the next, and by sharing their experiences, the working group’s members allow each meeting to test the different solutions envisaged. The participants took the opportunity to debate a range of commonly faced issues. Funding arrangements in particular remain a key challenge.
A Port Center is an entertaining and informative place that serves as an interface between citizens, the city and the port, and through which the port can ensure visibility for its missions, projects and careers
The Port Center By AIVP approach entails:
- Growing the AIVP network: Mariupol, a Ukrainian port city’s strategy
- The ports of the Seine Axis, HAROPA, listening to their territories with AIVP
- AIVP at the first Smart Port Day in Marseilles
- AIVP provides international expertise to Dublin Port for the new masterplan for Odlums Mill’s cultural quarter