AIVP Recommendation

The creation of buffer areas between the existing or future urban front and the port activity allows the city and port to coexist more easily, while also providing living space. There are a variety of possible solutions:
– Urban buffer areas, containing infrastructures compatible with the port activity: offices, small businesses, cultural facilities, etc.
– Port buffer areas containing low-impact port facilities: small-scale logistics, river traffic linked to the urban economy, a base for vessel services, river boat “parks”, etc.
– Green buffer areas obtained either by preserving predominantly rural zones or by creating new green spaces.

Oslo (Norway)

“Sydhavna” is the main industrial port of Oslo. It is located just south of the city center, and is surrounded by the fjord, the hills and both existing and future residential areas. The idea of the buffer zones is to mark the boundary between industrial port and the city, in a way that also contributes to…


Valencia (Spain)

In 2018, the Port and City of Valencia approved plans to develop a transitional zone between the Nazaret district and the port’s activities.


Le Havre (France)

In Le Havre’s port districts, the green spaces of the « riverside gardens» along a former canal have been renovated to provide a transitional area between the city and the ship repair activities and cold-storage warehouses opposite.