The City of Lisbon (Portugal) thinks there is scope for more passenger transport on its river, the Tagus. The waterway offers a genuine, more flexible alternative for moving people and connecting the various urban centres on either bank, whether for tourism or commuting. The mayor has announced plans to introduce river taxis between Lisbon and Almada, and the new facility to be developed on the Terreiro do Paço site will also include new green spaces.
➜ Transporte em revista
Culture and identity
Students in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) take pictures of the city and publish them on Instagram. They show a new perspective of port-city culture and identity. The assignment was part of the curriculum of the Minor in Port Management & Logistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. This innovative approach to study port city, according to Maurice Jansen, responsible for the curriculum, has 3 main advantages:
- It is a good introduction for the students into the port and maritime industry,
- it is a new way to capture the tensions and creativity that emerges in the port-city interface,
- It triggers the curiosity of the students.
To see the results of the instawalks look for the following accounts in Instagram:
@zerotenmeetsportagain, @010porttour04, @projectofthings, @heartbour_instawalk, @crossways_EUR.
➜ Linkedin Maurice Jansen
Port city interface
Until the early 1990s, the Kaoshiung district, its docks and warehouses were off-limits to the public. With the high walls blocking the port from view, residents had little or no connection with their port. With the advent of modern container vessels, the port’s centre of gravity shifted and a number of spaces were freed up. There have been numerous developments on this site, some of them re-using certain warehouses. Others will be completed soon, such as the Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center. This new living space and promenade is also attracting cruise ships.
➜ Taipei Times
Port city interface
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.
➜ Buffalo news (+ video) ; Generation ; Silo City Project
Port city interface
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.
➜ Huelva Informacion
Fierce competition between port territories has always come down to onshore mobility issues. As a result, rail and river links are strategically important, since they are the only ways to transport goods to and from the port whilst respecting the public’s environmental concerns. The future European Transport Commissioner has made the issue a central policy plank, while there is also visible investment on the ground. Kiel (Germany) is developing the capacity to support 740 metre-long trains, while Long Beach (USA) is committed to expanding its main rail infrastructures. In Canada, the ports of Quebec and Halifax are making rail links to the centre of the country and the American Midwest a key component of efforts to develop container activity. In many cases, the choice for ports is a multimodal future, or no future at all.
➜ NPI (European Policy) / Port of Kiel / Port Strategy (Halifax) / Port Strategy (Quebec)
The barge uses a floating barrier that guides the litter to a conveyor belt extracting the garbage from the water. The debris is distributed into six internal dumpsters with capacity up to 50 m3. When the barge is full, the local operators recibe a signal to collect it and take the garbage to a waste management facility. The barge includes several solar panels, making the system also energy neutral. This kind of solutions can considerably improve the water quality in many port cities, contributing to goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030.
The Hobart waterfront is already Tasmania’s most popular destination. TasPorts, which owns and operates the port, is keen to make the area even more attractive by restructuring part of the docks. Measures including replacing certain ageing buildings, creating a marina in an area currently home to fishing activities, additional berths for cruise vessels, and a new layout for existing berths. Anthony Donald, CEO of TasPorts, has announced that the process will be carried out in consultation with stakeholders.
“Copenhill”, a new waste recycling plant, is now open to the public. The site is in fact much more than just a power plant, and is home to various leisure facilities including a ski slope, climbing wall, and hiking trail. It also has an environmental education centre, and commands panoramic views of the city and port. The project was designed by Bjarke Ingels and landscape architects LSA. Continue reading
The Port of Barcelona, along with other 5 leading ports – including AIVP members Rotterdam, Antwerp and Montreal-, will host during the next Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, a parallel event titled “Smart Ports – Piers of the Future”. Among the main discussion topics will be digitalisation, automation and connectivity.