Seattle: waterfront project revised
James Corner Field Operations has presented a new version of its project. The new plan still devotes a very large area to public spaces, such as a vast esplanade for events and a “barge-swimming pool” with the gates of a container terminal as a backdrop. (Photo © James Corner Field Operations)
Washington DC: call for tenders for the development of a park on a bridge near the old naval dockyard
Full article : Bridgepark.org
Valparaiso (Chile): the port’s DG insists on the need for an extension and promises to consult the community
Full article : mundomaritimo.cl
Raunheim (Germany): a pedestrian and bicycle bridge designed by Schneider + Schumacher at the entrance to an industrial port
Full article : Designboom.com (+ images)
Hualien (Taiwan): a recreation area in the port
Three warehouses dating from the Japanese colonisation are to be converted for recreational and business use. The surrounding areas will also be reconfigured. This decision to diversify and create a sector for tourist use was incorporated into the Taiwanese port development plan for 2007-2011.
Montreal (Canada): the silos are still waiting. The latest project is to turn them into a huge data storage centre
Full article : Le devoir.com
AIVP participation in the launch seminar of the “Rivers of Opportunities” project – Gdansk (Poland) – 13/15 March 2014
This project, supported by the European Commission, brings together 11 partner organisations of the “River//Cities” network. The main point for debate: how to make culture a tool for redynamising public spaces on waterfronts, and what strategies to use to attract the public? (Photo © Aivp)
The City of Gdansk was one of the members of the European project “Making the City with the Port”, for which the scientific coordination was provided by AIVP. A visit to the old naval dockyards and a debate on “Young City Gdansk” programmed on this site also formed part of the seminar agenda. So it was also a chance to have new discussions with them and to discover on the ground how the port city interface projects have evolved. We will report on this in a second article.
From public to audience: move from being a passive consumer to an active participant
The members of the “Rivers of Opportunities” project take part in the organisation of cultural presentations in public spaces, particularly waterfronts. These events may be on different scales, from a single spectacle to the organisation of a big festival, such as the Vienna festival which has run for 30 years and involves multiple presentations over 7 km, or the Thames Festival which attracted some 800,000 spectators to London over a single weekend in 2013.
But whatever the scale, the organisers all agree that the main question is how to attract and hold the public in a world saturated with the production of images and with huge numbers of offers, a world where people often don’t have the time or don’t know how to fit things in. For them, the question therefore is not to increase the number of visitors, but rather the quality of the relationship achieved with the public: transforming the passive spectator, the passer-by who merely consumes by visiting an exhibition, a concert, etc., into an active participant!
Creating a new relationship with the waterfront
Organising such cultural activities in public spaces, particularly waterfront sectors, is also a way of creating new relationships between the public and these sites. Among the examples given, let us quote two from Gdansk: exhibitions under bridges or in certain parts of the river banks have allowed these very specific sites to be discovered – or rediscovered; and the “new port city wanderings” initiative, which has made certain urban sectors in the north of the city more familiar to the city’s inhabitants and their children.
In more global terms, the cultural event appears as a strong action to enable visitors and citizens to re-appropriate spaces charged with history, such as old industrial or port-industrial sites, spaces sometimes with a very sensitive past.
Here we come across a dimension which has often been addressed within AIVP in our debates on the redevelopment of port city interfaces: culture as a means for re-appropriating waterfronts. It may allow re-appropriation once a conversion has been completed, but it may also be a strategic tool during the often long drawn-out transformation of such sites: creating cultural events becomes a means of getting the public used to coming to sites under transformation, and also of responding to a certain impatience among citizens with a project which does not seem to be progressing, or at any rate not fast enough. Culture again appears as an essential strength for redynamising the port city and for improving the quality of life of its inhabitants.
Savannah (USA): Plant Riverside, a waterfront redevelopment project centred on a converted power plant
Full article : southeast.construction.com
Frankfurt (Germany): the European Central Bank building on the river bank designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au has been completed
Full article : Arcspace.com
Port-city interfaces, an opportunity for a different kind of tourism
For Stella Kostopoulou the redevelopment of waterfronts should be based on creative industries and on cultural teams and events to offer “creative” rather than mass tourism. This strategy will help to re-dynamise the economy while offering a new quality of life to city inhabitants and visitors.
“On the Revitalized Waterfront: Creative Milieu for Creative Tourism” – Stella Kostopoulou, 25 octobre 2013
Improvements in SHIP information centre in Ijmuiden sea lock complex.
SHIP, a similar structure to AIVP’s port centers, is now more reachable thanks to a new boat connection. The center has also improved the Technolab for youngsters with three new workshops. SHIP also hosts now a temporary exhibition of artist Thijs Zwart.
New partnership between the ports of Douala and Bordeaux to learn in particular about port-city relationship
Full article : Afrik.com
Inscriptions open for the bike race around the waterfront of Strasbourg, organized by the port
Full article : Stras’N’Bike
Port of La Rochelle (AIVP member), launches new website about port economy and employment.
The initiative has been done in cooperation with Union Maritime, gathering 35 port companies. The main goals is to give disclosure to port employment and facilitate the process for future applicants. The website is only one of the elements of the program “Cap sur l’économie portuaire”, developed by the port and Union Maritime to increase the visibility of port related professions.
Full article: cap-economie-portuaire.fr
Port Authority of Valencia wins Green4sea award for their use of hydrogen to reduce environmental impact
Full article: Safety4sea
World Ocean Council (WOC) and Port of Vancouver propose a global platform to facilitate the coordination and use of environmental incentives for carriers and other maritime companies
Full article: Safety4sea
Hackathon in the port of Santos (BR) gives chance to students to propose innovative solutions for port problems
Full article: Informativos dos portos
Port Authority and Municipality of Valparaíso agree to create a joint working committee to discuss port development.
This measure could allow better dialogue for port-city relationship and a common vision. This decision is motivated by the current situation of terminal 2, where the port authority will be responsible for the environmental assessment. Other port and urban projects, including a pier for cruises were also discussed. The mayor emphasized that their priority is to make sure that port development is done according to environmental requirements, but also that create jobs, and bring prosperity to the port and the city. The president of the port authority welcomed the common initiative with the municipality and, looking beyond the short term decisions concerning the terminal 2.
Full article: Portal Portuario
Port of LA announces 1 million US$ Community Investment Grant Program.
The goal of the program is to fund different kinds of initiatives that work for the benefit of the port community. This grant program is funded with shipping and lease revenues, rather than tax payers money. Applications are possible until May 6th.
Belgium: with 254,800 jobs and €35.3 billion of added value, the six ports are more than ever playing their part as an economic engine
The figures, which come from the latest study carried out by the National Bank of Belgium, are the highest recorded since 2012, and were never achieved prior to the crisis in 2008. However, they do include the non-maritime chemicals sector. In terms of jobs, the challenge for the ports is to continue developing their attractiveness and working on their brand image in the community.
Sweden gives the green light to trial self-driving trucks on public roads between two depots.
Full article: Flows
Danish businesses unite to position themselves in the flourishing global market for outfitting of cruise ships
Full article: Maritime Denmark
The Danish maritime sector employs 96,000 people and accounts for 6.5% of the country’s GDP
Full article: Maritime Denmark
The Port of Marseille and MGI launch a blockchain pilot port for container traffic
Full article: Port Technology
La Rochelle: businesses unite under the umbrella of the MER association to accelerate the energy transition and industrial ecology.
Full article: economiecirculaire.org
Taiwan: land negotiations between City and Port to adapt to both sides’ development strategies.
Full article: Taiwan International Ports Corporation
Taiwan set to call on British know-how to kick-start development of offshore wind in ports
Full article: Offshore Wind
Hydrogen technology has a big part to play in decarbonising the port and maritime economy
The issue was the focus of a brainstorming workshop organized by the Port of Barcelona. It is believed that by 2050, some 25% of the world’s energy could rely on this technology which is taking its place in a new energy mix. To that end, the European public-private “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” is supporting nearly 250 projects.