A new floating chicken farm on a basin in Rotterdam


Goldsmith architecture will create a floating chicken farm in Rotterdam. It follows the rules of the circular economy: on the top floor, 7000 hens live under a translucent roof giving them permanent daylight; on the middle floor are operated eggs packaging and waste management; on the lowest floor (under water) is a LED-powered cress farm, using manure as fertilizer. In addition, solar panels provide 100% of the farm’s energy needs.
As the growing lack of space within the city is a tangible obstacle for developing local food production, floating structures can be a part of the solution.



The Port of Seville (Spain) could relocate its cruise terminal

 Port city interface 

Moving cruise activity to a new location would free up space for a marina capable of accommodating yachts and mega-yachts close to the city centre. Originally, the Port had targeted flexibility with a cruise terminal made from recycled containers, a non-permanent solution that ensured the spaces could be re-used for new purposes, as recommended by our Guide of Good Practices. The move represents the start of a new phase for the Las Delicias precinct, which will further enhance the appeal of this port city.

Diario de Sevilla

A project inspired by the area’s industrial and maritime past for the Greenwich peninsula (UK)

 Port city interface 

“Morden Wharf” has been designed by OMA architects. It will include 12 apartment blocks, shops, and public spaces, and is heavily inspired by the warehouses, silos and gas holders that once stood on the Greenwich peninsula. There are also plans for a park with views across the Thames to the famous Canary Wharf.

Design boom (+ images)

What does the future hold for the Hong Kong waterfront?

 Port city interface 

It has finally been decided that a two-stage tender process will be launched for one of the central areas of the Hong Kong waterfront, located between the business district and the Star Ferry Piers. The move is a response to criticism and earlier suggestions highlighting the need for a global approach, with an emphasis on developing public spaces and connections between these different parts of the city.

Urban Land (2018) ; Urban Land (2020)

The City of Rotterdam aiming to buff its green credentials

 Climate change 

Plans to invest €233 have been announced for seven projects in various districts of the city. The aim is to make the city not just greener, but also more resilient to major outbreaks like the Covid-19 pandemic. Districts covered by the plan include the former port sectors of Rijnhaven and Masshaven.

Dutch review

The Port of Auckland (New Zealand) create a vertical garden


The aim is to integrate its car-handling terminal building more effectively into the urban surroundings. It will form a local landmark for the City Port and its roof will be turned into a public park within a few years. It will also promote biodiversity. The garden meets sustainability criteria, and everything in it can be either re-used or recycled.

Hanging Gardens ; Video

Covid-19: the Port of Papeete launches a support plan for local businesses


More than €4 million are being allocated by the port to prevent bankruptcies and maintain existing jobs. 200 companies established in the port area are concerned. The proposed measures will support the economic activities, tourism and maritime and inter-island transport services.

➜  Port of Papeete

5.4 million euros for the Le Havre Smart Port City project


The subsidy from the French State will pave the way for the project to move forward into the operational phase. The project brings together local communities, the port, private stakeholders, educational and research institutes. It aims to transform the local area over the next ten years, using innovative solutions in the fields of mobility, energy, smart data, the ecological transition, relations with the public, education and training, and general attractiveness.

Le Havre Smart Port City (+ video) ; Actualités

Bordeaux’s submarine base set to become a digital arts centre!

 Port city interface 

Having been postponed owing to the coronavirus crisis, the “Bassins de Lumières” project was finally inaugurated on 10 June. The initiative involves two major digital exhibitions featuring the painters Gustav Klimt and Paul Klee, with images projected on the walls of the submarine base and the surface of the water in the dock basins. Between 350,000 and 400,000 visitors are expected annually. The project has given a new lease of life to this iconic building, and the “Bassins à Flot” district as a whole.

20 minutes (+ video) ; The “Bassins de lumières”