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2 June 2020

Sidewalk Labs abandons its plans in Toronto

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Sidewalk Labs, the subsidiary set up by Google to develop this Quayside project in Toronto, explained its decision by citing the uncertain economic climate and the difficulties in making the project financially viable. The announcement pre-empts a decision from Waterfront Toronto on the future of the project, for which Sidewalk tabled a new proposal in June 2019, notably expanding the area covered by the plans from 5 to 77 hectares. But the project, launched in 2017, quickly attracted controversy as we reported last July. Presented as a laboratory for an exemplary smart city, it raised fears about the use of the private data collected by the numerous sensors that were to be installed. The later proposal, made in June 2019, failed to clear up the issue. Nonetheless, the question of how smart cities can be developed in tandem with the citizens remains an interesting round-table topic for AIVP…

Sidewalk project ; Sidewalk Blog ; La presse canadienne ; L’Usine Digitale ; Canadian Architect

2 June 2020

In Valencia, the redevelopment of Tinglados 4 and 5 continues

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Temporarily halted by the Covid-19 epidemic, the restoration of the famous port hangars has now resumed. They will house cultural and innovative activities, and in doing so forge a new relationship between Valencia Marina and the city. A similar effect will be achieved by the small landscaped area and cycle path, on which work has also begun.

El periodic ; Economia3

2 June 2020

San Diego (USA): work set begin on construction of the waterfront Bayside Performance Park and its open-air auditorium

San Diego Downtown news

2 June 2020

The Irish port of Cork could take inspiration from Bordeaux to redevelop its waterfront

Irish Examiner

27 May 2020

Boston: climate-driven gentrification?

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We have previously mentioned, on a number of occasions, the strategy adopted by the city of Boston to tackle the issues of climate change and rising sea levels: instead of just building levees and seawalls, the city is focused on building with the natural environment, by creating parks, wetland areas, and so on, to mitigate the impact of flooding. However, urban development projects at these sites will also make them much more expensive, ensuring only wealthier people are able to live there – a fairly standard type of gentrification. But what of the existing communities in these places? Will they be forced to move? And will their new homes also be protected against the risks of flooding? It is this “climate-driven” gentrification that Boston’s chief of environment, energy and open space is keen to avoid.

The Guardian

27 May 2020

A new kind of governance for heritage

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The circular economy concept has gradually established itself. Could its ideas provide the inspiration for a “circular governance” approach to the re-use of urban cultural? That is the question being pondered by 16 cities of the European ICLEI network. The synthesis report on this project is now available. It identifies and illustrates how a new approach is possible, for re-using, funding and maintaining cultural heritage sustainably.

Iclei ; Synthesis Report

 

27 May 2020

CECEP’s new riverside headquarters, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, will be the most environmentally-friendly building in Shanghai

World Architecture ; Archinect

20 May 2020

Amsterdam aims to achieve a fully circular economy by 2050

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In 2015, the city of Amsterdam ordered a study to assess the impact of a transition to a circular economy. The findings confirmed the significant potential in terms of reducing pollution, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Discussions with residents and the business community resulted in a strategy plan for the period 2020 to 2025. The Port will have a key role to play in the strategy, as we reported in our news on 16 April. For the City, the goal is to create a completely circular economy by 2050. With that in mind, a fourth phase was launched recently, and over 200 projects are in the pipeline for the year ahead.

Cities Today ; Amsterdam Circular Economy Policy

20 May 2020

Creating parks to tackle the tsunami risk

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What can be done to resist the devastating power of tidal waves that can strike coastline and homes? According to a group of scientific experts, waterfront parks could offer a better solution than protective breakwaters. These landscaped parks are a more cost-efficient solution that will no doubt be of particular interest to less wealthy countries. They also help to preserve the natural environment, or at the very least to create a planned landscape that can also be turned into a promenade area.

The Verge

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Citizen Port

6 January 2014

Transparency and the principle of participative democracy, the Port of Long Beach started opening its board meetings to the public long ago

Source: Port of Long Beach

6 January 2014

2013 ends on a positive note for cruise ship traffic in Spanish ports

Source: Diario del Puerto

6 January 2014

The Port of Santander mounts a highly successful exhibition on the wreck of the Cabo Machichaco, attracting more than 4000 visitors

Source: Diario del Puerto

18 December 2013

Climate Action Plan adopted to safeguard the bay of the Port of San Diego

Source: Cruise Industry News

18 December 2013

Genova: Blue World, a marine leisure project integrated with a museum, a maritime academy and an educational port for children, among other facilities

Source: Repubblica.it

18 December 2013

Trieste Porto Antico: an old port territory which continues to provoke debate

After the check to the “Porto Città” project, Italia Nostra is now proposing a master-plan for making the area safe and minor rehabilitation, favouring the services sector functions such as training, education and research with the creation of a Harbour College.
Source: Il Piccolo

18 December 2013

For the ninth year running, the Port of Cork has started its Discover Cork programme for primary school children

Source: Port of Cork

18 December 2013

The Port of Bahia Blanca (AIVP member) salutes the Missions Charter of a Port Centre initiative

Source: Port of Bahia Blanca

13 December 2013

The mayor of Santos signs a law prohibiting bulk cereal operations in the island region

Source: Prefeitura de Santos

9 December 2013

Le Havre Port Center opens its doors

lehavrelogoPortCenter_gm-decembre 2013The official inauguration of the Le Havre Port Center took place on 9 December with the five founding partners in attendance: the City, the Port, CCI, the Maritime Union of Port Businesses and the Conurbation Community. Their shared hope is that a true port culture will emerge among the city’s inhabitants.

Apart from the founding partners, Le Havre Port Center also enjoys the support of the dockers’ union, private companies and cultural associations. They are fully associated with the initiative, the concept of which was launched by AIVP 3 years ago. Today, Le Havre is launching its Port Center in a configuration which aspires to evolve considerably in the coming years: to further develop partnerships with schools and teacher representatives; to institute innovative visitor routes in agreement with port, maritime and industrial companies; and to offer educational workshops and presentations which testify to the wealth of the past, present and future activities of the port of Le Havre. ©Photos AIVP
Source: AIVP

Enterprise-driver Port

6 May 2020

Public investment and financial aid in port cities

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After the first wave of cultural and social initiatives, port cities around the globe are presenting their plans for the post-covid recovery. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has communicated a package of $27 million of financial support for companies, as well as for professionals training and employment support. In the USA, the ports of LA and Seattle have presented renewed infrastructural investments plan. In the case of LA, the port will invest $367million to reduce the impact on the local economy and employment, while in Seattle the plan includes $1.5billion in 20 projects, including also airport facilities. At the same time, in Spain, the ports of Valencia and Bilbao have followed a similar path. While in Valencia the port presented a financial aid package of €57,2 million to support local port companies, the port of Bilbao announced that their investment plan for 2020 will reach €67 million, to support the economy and employment creation.

➜  Safety4sea – Singapore, Safety4sea – Los Angeles, Port Technology – Seattle, Valencia Port, Bilbao Port

12 February 2020

The sustainable port is both smart and collective

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The CEOs of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam have laid out converging visions for the future development of their respective ports, one having just returned from the World Economic Forum, the other speaking about in an interview about forward-looking prospect for the port. Both agree that the fight against climate change and the need for a carbon-neutral port economy are absolutely crucial. Technological innovation, both onshore and offshore, and moves to optimise logistics chains, will of course form part of the solution. Beyond that, however, the success of these changes will depend on the ability of ports to forge new partnerships and work collectively, by bringing their communities together around a shared process of transformation.
Port of Rotterdam / Flows

12 February 2020

To ease congestion on the roads, the Port of Melbourne (Australia) has confirmed plans to develop its rail infrastructure (with a €16 million investment)

Port of Melbourne

12 February 2020

Kribi (Cameroon): first 31 businesses now setting up in the port zone, with another 150 set to follow.

EcoMatin

12 February 2020

Vlissingen – North Sea Port (Netherlands): first developments for the Borsele 1+2 offshore wind farm that will eventually provide power to a million homes

North Sea Port

29 January 2020

Major trends and scenarios for the evolution of logistics

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In the majority of port cities, logistics activity is increasingly structuring the territory. Marking out the future of this sector is becoming necessary. To this effect, the Urban Planning Agency of Marseille (France) remind us of a few key points. The massification of world trade flows will continue leading to the concentration of shipowners, the adaptation of ports, the extension and robotisation of warehouses, the emergence of single operators. In the era of e-commerce, the optimisation of the last mile has also become crucial. Nevertheless, land transport remains the weak link in this ecosystem with difficulties in massifying flows and proportionally a heavier CO2 impact. Pooling could be part of the answer but not all sectors believe in it. At the heart of these developments, the issue of employment appears to be an additional challenge for the territories.

Agam (pdf)

17 January 2020

Rwanda: Four ports on Lake Kivu earmarked as an alternative to road transport

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Lake Kivu in western Rwanda marks the border with the neighbouring DRC. The four ports will be built with the help of the Netherlands, and spread out from the north to the south of the lake. They will promote improved mobility for passengers and goods between the various districts along the bank. Within twenty years, they should handle the majority of commercial cross-border trade and some 3 million passengers. The Government is also keen to use the ports as a platform for more ambitious plans to kick-start water-based transport on other lakes and rivers in Rwanda. The aim is to reduce the use of onshore transport infrastructures, maintenance of which represents a significant portion of the national budget. Finally, the project will help to boost competitiveness for both the food industry (beer, tea, coffee) and the cement industry, while also giving a lift to the tourist sector.

The New times

17 January 2020

Whether fixed or floating, offshore wind power is now becoming truly industrialised. Cooperation between ports will need to be strengthened as a result.

Wind Europe

17 January 2020

Port of Montreal (Canada): fluid activities vital for combining economic efficiency and respect for the local population

Port de Montréal

10 December 2019

The transport and logistics industry faced with the environmental and energy challenge

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The sector currently accounts for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency is one of the biggest ways to cut emissions. While there is a consensus on the need to gradually phase out fossil fuels, LNG is seen as a stepping stone, while in the longer term, making the right choice between hydrogen, ammonia and biofuels remains a key challenge. Another way to reduce emissions is intermodality, with the aim of reducing the proportion of goods moved by road, and increasing short distance transport by rail, river and sea. Finally, innovating for more efficient logistics is the third solution. The aim is to reduce overall energy use, while ensuring that emissions avoided at sea are not simply moved onshore, particularly as a result of increased congestion in port cities.

Diario del Puerto 1 / Diario del Puerto 2 / Diario del Puerto 3 / Diario del Puerto 4

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