Miami: David Beckham proposes to develop a 25,000-seat stadium, designed by local architects, on the waterfront
Full article : Designmena.com
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
Chilean ports contribute to the quality of local life by collaborating in the maintenance of public spaces
Ports of Chile show their commitment with the local population with cleaning campaigns of beaches and coastal areas. The Captaincy and Port of Talcahuano lead a program with the help of 600 volunteers that removed more than 1,5 tons of waste. The port of San Antonio removed almost 8 tons of waste in September in several urban areas close to the port. The terminal operator DP World has led another cleaning program with the help of students in the beach of Lirquén.
Port of Brisbane restates its commitment with sustainable development in the sustainability report of 2018/2019. One the main goals is to reduce 24% of the emissions by 2024/2025
Full article: Port of Brisbane
Ports de la Generalitat, the regional organizations gathering the small ports of Catalonia, launches a new initiative called “Porta’m” to reduce use of plastic bottles at sea, providing the users with reusable alternatives
Full article: El Vigía
New initiative to protect orcas in Seattle ports
Northwest Seaport Alliance (Seattle and Tacoma) partner up with other organizations to develop a program to protect endangered orca population in the Salish Sea. The main goal is to mitigate the effect of ship noise.
Full article: Port of Seattle
The Maritime Heritage Institute of South Africa hosted the Inaugural Maritime Heritage Conference in the Vaal University of Technology, in Vanderbijlpark. The three days event focused on a broader understanding of maritime heritage and its role in sustainable economic development.
Port of Mallorca installs 25 air quality monitoring stations as part of the SmartSensPORT project in collaboration with the University of the Balearic Islands.
Full article: Mallorca Diario
The “No plàstic” campaign by the port community of Valencia achieves great success in just a few months
The port community of Valencia, including Aportem, the port’s solidarity organization, launched last June the “No Plastic” initiative to reduce the use of plastics in port companies. The focus is mainly on single-use products, recycling systems and environmental education. The main goal was eliminating from the port sector companies one million plastic bottles and other items of this material. First results have inspired the participating companies to a more ambitious goal: to become 100% plastic free
Full article: Aportem
Port of St. Petersburg hosts a water tour for the children from port employees
Full article: Port News
Port of Stockholm among the finalists for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award. Their shore power project in the Värtahamnen port has been selected for the Air Quality category.
Full article: Vessel Finder
Decarbonising shipping: 60 businesses from all sectors sign up to the “Getting to Zero Coalition” under the aegis of the Forum Maritime Mondial
Full article: Global Maritime Forum
“Wind energy is part of the future of shipping.” Alizé’s sail-powered cargo ship wins the contract to transport the Ariane 6 rocket.
Full article: Le Marin
Climate emergency: protecting Singapore’s port could cost US$90 billion. The bill will be between 9 and US$12 billion for Californian ports. Will all ports have such means?
Full article: Le Marin, 3 octobre 2019
Port and food production: Rotterdam and Sète announce new industrial investments in the beverage sector.
Innocent, a leader in the fruit juice industry will be the first company to set up in the Rotterdam Food Cluster. The production will be of 400 million bottles each year for all of Europe. In Sète, the OFW Ships project reaches a new milestone with the installation of a logistics base for the factory vessel dedicated to the desalination and bottling of deep-sea water for consumption. This technology could be developed in many port cities for local markets. The production capacity is 2.5 million liters per 5-day campaign.
Three Belgian ports compete to host a large hydrogen production unit. This energy sector is flying high.
Full article: Flows
Moving goods storage closer the dockside to promote soft last mile logistics
With the huge growth in e-commerce, logistics operators are looking to move closer to city centres, while striving to centralise flows of freight as much as possible. With land increasingly scarce and expensive, the profitability of multi-level warehouses such as those in New York is rising, and more and more of these facilities are being built. Another solution is the use of floating warehouses, as demonstrated by the Fludis system currently being trialled in Paris.
Offshore wind: the Port of New York aims to position itself as a logistics hub for the offshore wind industry on the Eastern seaboard.
Full article: Renews