Solutions for turning disuses grain silos into attractive hub
Built between 1906 and 1925, the vast riverside complex of grain silos in Buffalo City (USA) comprises a dozen buildings. Having come to symbolise economic crises and failures for the previous generation, the iconic structures that cement the city and landscape have been targeted by a new generation of artists in search of inspiration. The silos will be turned into apartments, and facilities for the arts community as well: housing, studios, gallery, etc. The silos are a distinctive symbol of Buffalo’s port identity, and the architects will preserve their exterior appearance whilst redeveloping the interiors. The project is part of a wider programme dubbed “Silo City”, one of whose main aims is to make Buffalo a creative city.
The port of Huelva enhances its port heritage for citizens
The Spanish port of Huelva’s plan for the “Muelle de Levante”, which aims to reconnect the port witgh the city, will be debated at the next municipal council meeting. In an area where port activity is on the decline, along a 1 kilometre stretch of the river, is close to the old town. It could host public spaces and recreational areas, as well as a marina and cruise terminal. The fences separating the various port activities will be removed, and the new buildings will need to be integrated with the quay’s historic and industrial features (cranes, warehouses) in a seamless and aesthetically pleasing way. The public will once again be able to access the water and enjoy views of the port.
The revival of the former Tour & Taxis passenger terminal in Brussels (Belgium) is beginning to take shape, with its heritage aspects set to be showcased.
A decade on from the redevelopment of the former port of Rio (Brazil), “Porto Maravilha” has failed to keep its promises for social housing
The Mayor of Hamburg unveils plans for a new district in Hafen City
“Grasbrook” will provide homes for 6,000 residents and create over 16,000 jobs. Located in the port activity zone, the new district has been intentionally designed as a mixed-use zone, with housing, schools, offices and retail spaces. The 46 hectare site will be split into three sectors. One of them, the Hafentorquartier, will act as a transition zone for the port activities present and will accommodate research and development activities and start-ups. The new housing will be required to meet the environmental standards already applied in the East zone of HafenCity, such as the use of solar energy and e-mobility solutions. Attractive green and public spaces will also be created along the waterfront.
Urban planning: tackling flood risks from the design stage
Hull is the second most at-risk city in the UK when it comes to flooding. A competition was launched to find ways of countering the risk in the planned redevelopment of Humber Quays West. The winning project, dubbed “Harper Perry”, proposes solutions to absorb and hold floor waters, before allowing them to drain off slowly via the promenades, amphitheatre-shaped public spaces, and parks. The competition site also shows the solutions suggested by the other candidates.
The first luxury apartments created in Liverpool’s famous Tobacco Warehouse (UK) have been delivered, offering a new lease of life for the historic building
European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) will have its permanent headquarter in the Port of Algeciras (Spain)
New public participation process announced for 2020 in the port of San Antonio (Chile) for the megaport project
Port interpretation center created in Palma de Mallorca (Spain): the new cultural facility will explain the history of the port and will be hosted in a refurbished historical building.
Historic images of the port of Dublin (Ireland) foster engagement with the citizens
Port of Dublin launched a special communication campaign featuring dozens of photographs from the 1920s to the 1960s. The images, disclosed now for the first time, show the life and working of the port of Dublin during the first half of the 20th century. The archive of the port of Dublin contains 75 000 photographs and 30 000 engineering drawings, besides maps and other documents. The origin of the disclosed photographs remains a mystery and the port has made a public call for members of the docklands community to help identify the author. This action fosters a new engagement with the local community, highlighting the port identity of the city.
New food cluster created in Bahia Blanca (Argentina)
The port authority of Bahia Blanca met with stakeholders representing different sectors in the food production and logistic chain to set the foundation of the new food cluster. This initiative is framed in the port vision 2040. The goal of the cluster is to raise collaboration and efficiency between the different actors in the chains, increase the competitiveness of the local production and its export capacity. The cluster will also seek collaboration with innovative technology companies and research institutions including universities, focused on food production and export, that could result in new start-ups in the sector. This initiative shows the commitment of the port of Bahía Blanca with the AIVP Agenda 2030, that they recently ratified.
Port of Valencia (Spain) leads the implementation of hydrogen generated energy in container terminals in Europe
Port of Venice (Italy) welcomes schoolchildren and artists for an educational project
The port authority of Venice (Italy) took part in the educational project the “Alphabet of Marghera”, within its Open Port program. The port was responsible for explaining the letter “P” of the Alphabet, taking the children and one artist to discover the Port and inspire the final colourful painting. The project involved 600 children from local schools, artists and entrepreneurs, to promote the sustainable development of Marghera, with artistic installations. The port of Venice celebrates this year the 20th anniversary of its Open Port. This kind of initiatives contribute to goal 6 of the Aivp Agenda 2030: Disclosing port culture and identity.
EU project “Smooth Ports” launched to reduce the impact of road traffic in port areas
This European project was launched in Hamburg and will extend until 2023 as part of the Interreg program. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions from port-related road traffic by improving regional policy instruments. Smooth Ports will focus on three main topics: optimizing clearance procedures of goods, traffic information and communication technologies and use of alternative fuels in port activities. Besides the lead partner, the Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation of Hamburg, among the partners are also two AIVP members, Ports of Nantes Saint Nazaire (FR) and Livorno (IT).
Port of Museum of Tarragona will be expanded as part of the celebration of 150th anniversary of the port of Tarragona (Spain). The celebration program will include other four main cultural events.
New Sustainable Procurement Plan implemented in the Port of Gijón (Spain). All new contracting or provisions will be assessed taking into consideration the environmental impact
Mexico: on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, ports are working together to forge coherent development strategies.
Five ports in Andalusia (Spain) table a joint bid to operate the dry port of Cordoba, with a view to increasing the share of rail transport in port logistics.
Inter-business cooperation: La Ciotat (France) aims to strengthen its naval cluster to boost competitiveness
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Is the future of ports set to be increasingly circular?
Two recent studies have examined the theory. In Rotterdam, all flows of raw materials and waste were identified for businesses in the port zone. The aim now is to optimise the way residual flows are processed, with potential for environmental, economic and social benefits. A second report focusing on European circular urban ports mapped out eleven port cities, using a standardised methodology. For each of the cities studied, which included both river and sea ports, the report identified best practices and summarised the strategies adopted.
Strasbourg wants to rely on river transport for more sustainable urban logistics.
Since May 2018, a terminal has been set up at the Quai des Pécheurs in the heart of the metropolis for the needs of a construction site. The City wants now to go further today and is calling for projects to make this terminal a platform for low-carbon urban logistics. The terminal shall operate on a daily basis in perfect harmony with other urban and tourist uses of the waterway. This project is part of the Strasbourg climate plan. Full article: VNF / NPI