AIVP Recommendation

Port cities have a shared identity that sets them apart from other cities. Yet each port city also draws on its history to forge its own distinct identity. By including symbolic port installations (rails, cranes, containers, etc.) in urban planning and architectural projects, and by making reference to port-related terminology in the choice of materials, colours and so on, project stakeholders can preserve and capitalise on this dual territorial identity.

Stockholm (Sweden)

The « Kvarteret Amsterdam » project, designed by White Arkitekter in partnership with developer Midroc, clearly refers to the site’s industrial and port history.


Rouen (France)

Designed by architect Jacques Ferrier, the new headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie opened in summer 2017, in the heart of a planned ecodistrict on the south bank of the Seine.


Helsinki (Finland)

Described as Finland’s answer to Silicon Valley, Ruoholahti is a district in West Harbour, very close to the centre of Helsinki. The district sprang up in the 90s after the port’s container terminal and coal activities were moved, and is now home to offices and housing.