A new plan to improve City-Port integration in Cadiz (Spain)


The port authorities have just approved the special port plan to refine the way in which its various spaces are used. Some 1 million square metres will be set aside for activities relating to goods and passenger transport, while a 335,000 square metre area has been earmarked to redefine the relationship between City and Port. The area will host new activities and open spaces, to complete and better integrate the existing cruise activity. The plan also focuses on the use of renewable energy and will see specific smart energy saving programmes incorporated into the new facilities.

Cadiz-Port ; Diario Bahia de Cadiz

The Port of Thessaloniki (Greece) set for new uses

 Port city interface 

The Port authorities are keen to reshape the relationship between the eastern sector of the port and the city, and have asked architectural firm MVRDV to come up with a range of scenarios based on themes such as nature, leisure, culture, and education. The winning bids will be those judged best placed to enhance Thessaloniki’s appeal and establish the city on the global stage.



From 2022, ships being repaired will also be a show in Hamburg (Germany)

 Culture and identity 

Measuring 209 m, “Dock 10” will be the biggest covered floating dock in Europe. Its walls and roof will be mostly transparent, allowing members of the public to see the repair work being carried out on ships docked there. The roof will enable workers to carry on with their work regardless of the weather conditions, while noise and exhaust gases should also be reduced.

NDR (+ video) ; Charterworld

How can areas be made attractive while undergoing redevelopment?

 Port city interface 

We have reported regularly on projects being carried on Marseilles’ waterfront and city-port interface area. Urban redevelopment covering 310 hectares began in 1995, with an additional 170 hectares added in 2007. Projects of this scale are naturally carried out over a period of time. The challenge is to ensure that the areas concerned are attractive to residents and visitors, even before their redevelopment is complete. This is a commonly raised issue for many of you. To address it, Euroméditerranée, the body in charge of the waterfront redevelopment in Marseilles and a member of AIVP, launched “MOVE” in late 2018, an invitation for expressions of interest in four newly available sites. The aim was to use the sites as a testing ground for temporary projects developed on themes such as solidarity, economy, collaboration, culture or civic responsibility. A short list of 11 projects was drawn up. Following discussions, the list of projects was fine-tuned, and some were merged together. Ultimately, four projects were selected. All will be installed in consultation with Euroméditérranée, and will remain in place for between one and four years. This is a fascinating temporary initiative designed to provide residents with a high-quality city-port interface, and we will be monitoring it closely.

MOVE, dossier de presse ; Video

The sustainable port is both smart and collective


The CEOs of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam have laid out converging visions for the future development of their respective ports, one having just returned from the World Economic Forum, the other speaking about in an interview about forward-looking prospect for the port. Both agree that the fight against climate change and the need for a carbon-neutral port economy are absolutely crucial. Technological innovation, both onshore and offshore, and moves to optimise logistics chains, will of course form part of the solution. Beyond that, however, the success of these changes will depend on the ability of ports to forge new partnerships and work collectively, by bringing their communities together around a shared process of transformation.
Port of Rotterdam / Flows

Are “sponge cities” our future?

 Climate change 

By 2050, coastal areas will be home to 1.4 billion people and 570 cities, some of them vast megapolises, will be at threat from rising water levels, according to the international network C40. Extreme climatic events will only serve to exacerbate the risk of flooding, to which our port cities are increasingly exposed. In the course of the monitoring we carry out on your behalf, we are increasingly seeing the development of strategies inspired directly or indirectly by the “sponge city” concept. The aim is to restore the ground’s natural capacity to absorb water, a capacity that has been largely lost in our cities as a result of urban development, and the use of concrete and asphalt. The main solutions adopted include using porous materials, creating floodable green spaces, restoring wetland areas, and also treating and storing water for re-use during periods of drought. Chinese port cities are among the first cities to have opted for this approach, along with some major industrial groups such as Suez (a member of AIVP), which is helping Chongqing (China) along this path to becoming a resilient port city.

Demain la ville ; Ejinsight ; Government of Hong Kong ; Wuhan


A floating, carbon-neutral office building set to be built in a dock in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

 Climate change 

The three-storey building will house the headquarters of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), which works on measures to adapt to climate change. A whole range of solutions have been included to make the building self-sufficient and carbon-neutral: all-wood construction, green roof with solar panels, dock water used for air-conditioning, etc. The solutions are not only in line with the GCA’s own purpose, but can help all port cities to meet goal number 1 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda. The building is due to open at the end of 2020 in the Rijnhaven dock.

Archpaper ; Archdaily

A sustainable and smart city? Real-scale test in Copenhagen (Denmark)

 Climate change 

EnergyLab Nordhavn was created in 2015 to test energy solutions for a smart city. Use of renewable energies, low-energy buildings, electric mobility, flexible and optimised energy management are just some of the possibilities tested on a real-world scale in the port sector of Nordhavn, which is currently under redevelopment. EnergyLab Nordhavn presents the results of these four years of work in its latest annual report, and sets out recommendations for sustainable energy solutions. A showroom has been created in the former Nordhavn silo to explain their tests and findings. The approach is fully in line with goal number 1 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda, aimed at anticipating the consequences of climate change for port cities!

e smart city (+ video) ; EnergyLab Nordhavn ; Annual Report ; Recommendations


Consultation for the Port Perry waterfront (Canada)

 Port city interface 

An initial consultation on the waterfront action plan was held in November 2019. It will be followed by a second this February. The plan recommends short-, medium- and long-term actions concerning leisure activities, natural and cultural heritage, economic development, and tourism. The sector is home to a grain silo that is a listed heritage site. Preserving and re-purposing the silo will be a crucial component of the project.

Durham Radionews ; Waterfront Action Plan

Major trends and scenarios for the evolution of logistics


In the majority of port cities, logistics activity is increasingly structuring the territory. Marking out the future of this sector is becoming necessary. To this effect, the Urban Planning Agency of Marseille (France) remind us of a few key points. The massification of world trade flows will continue leading to the concentration of shipowners, the adaptation of ports, the extension and robotisation of warehouses, the emergence of single operators. In the era of e-commerce, the optimisation of the last mile has also become crucial. Nevertheless, land transport remains the weak link in this ecosystem with difficulties in massifying flows and proportionally a heavier CO2 impact. Pooling could be part of the answer but not all sectors believe in it. At the heart of these developments, the issue of employment appears to be an additional challenge for the territories.

Agam (pdf)