San Antonio Port: Incentivising Port-City Integration through Citizen Participation

cs-18_sanantonio-paseobellamar1-vignette The Port of San Antonio, Chile’s first port by tonnage, aims not only to increase the volume of goods handled but also to ensure the development of human capital, essential criteria for ensuring competitiveness. The port also seeks to strengthen the link with the community and to promote the port city integration through citizen participation. The modification of the Urban Development Plan, in which the Port of San Antonio carried out an extensive participation program including a hundred meetings, is a perfect example.

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Pasaia: A redefinition of city and port spaces

cs_puertodepasaia_01_vignetteIn September 2015 the Port Council of Pasaia gave the green light for the Special Plan for the regeneration of Pasaia Bay. This is no doubt the result of a decision taken as part of the 2015-2025 Strategic Plan for the port to defer the construction of an outer port. The particular configuration of the port of Pasaia inside the bay and its close proximity to different administrative districts and residential areas required a redefinition of port and urban uses in this territory in order to preserve the port’s competitiveness and its future. Continue reading

Oslo, a new step for the city – port relationship

CS_Oslo_dd_01_vignetteThe work undertaken in 2005 on the Tjuvholmen sector marked the real starting point of the “Fjord City” project. The developments have been completed in 2014 across Tjuvholmen and redevelopment work has been also largely completed for the Bjorvika sector and its iconic Opera House.
For now, the two remaining sectors – Vippetangen and Filipstad – are still mainly given over to port activity. The situation is set to evolve quickly, however, particularly in the case of Filipstad. So it’s a good time to take stock with Vidar Fiskum, Project Manager – Department of Urban Development, Oslo Port Autorithy.

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Cape Town: forging a new relationship between city and port

CS_CapeTown03_AIVP-DD_215_BThe redevelopment of Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred waterfront is one of those well-known examples frequently mentioned in port-city literature, in the same way as Sydney’s Darling or the Inner Harbour in Baltimore. It is an ambitious project, aimed at giving the port greater visibility and highlighting the site as a valuable asset: a working waterfront where urban functions co-exist side by side with ship repair activities, recreational boating and fishing. The project entered a new phase in October 2013 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Port, as participants in the Post Conference organised by AIVP in Cape Town in November 2014 will be aware.

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Zorrotzaurre, a new driving force in the development of Greater Bilbao

CS-Bilbao_0_Zorrotzaurre2008-copyrightAyuntamiento de BilbaoThe Zorrotzaurre project represents the opportunity for Bilbao to bring continuity to the transformation of obsolete areas of the old industrial city, extending urban restoration downriver, to the border of the municipality. Zorrotzaurre will offer citizens a new mixed-use zone of high quality and will extend to the totality of the citizens the enjoyment of the riverbanks along the entire course of the river as it flows through Greater Bilbao.

Interview with Ibon ARESO MENDIGUREN, Mayor of Bilbao

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Port of Rouen: urban revitalisation and integration

rouen Marégraphes area, partial view © GPMR – HaropaRouen, the historic capital of Normandy located halfway between Le Havre and Paris, is also a great sea-port accessible to deep sea vessels via the Seine. For centuries the city’s heart beat to the rhythm of its port, until the massive destruction of the Second World War followed by new developments in ship design and the arrival of the container caused port activities to shift downstream to the west of the city. Continue reading

Tangiers: the reconversion of the port is accelerating

cs_Tanger_dd_01vignetteLast September, King Mohammed VI officially launched the Tanger Métropole project. The project aims to make Tangiers more attractive to international travellers. That same objective is also behind Tanger Ville, the reconversion project for historic port zone, whose initial works began in 2011. The launching of Tanger Métropole was an opportunity for Morocco’s sovereign to review the state of progress of Tanger Ville. Two major aspects of the project – yachting and cruises – will show significant progress in 2014, with the partial commissioning of the marinas and the inauguration of the first stage of the cruise-ship dock expansion.

To learn more about these developments, we talked to Driss Benabad, Project Director at SAPT – the development corporation in charge of the port zone reconversion of Tanger Ville – AIVP member.

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Guayaquil (Ecuador): the spectacular urban metamorphosis of a port-metropolis

cs_guayaquil_dd_04The relocation of port traffic downstream and the abandoning of the historical port site have given the city of Guayaquil an opportunity to completely redevelop its waterfront. Started 20 years ago, the “Malecón 2000” project has profoundly altered the city’s image by giving a facade on the Estuary. It has been hailed as one of the best and most successful urban renewals of Latin America.

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Integrating the Port and the City of Rijeka onto the international scene: the Rijeka Gateway Project

In the 1990s the necessity to stop the steady decrease of Port of Rijeka traffic volume imposed a new strategy and development plans to re-boost and ensure the competitiveness of the Port of Rijeka.
The Rijeka Gateway Project is now entering in a decisive implementing phase. The Port and the City of Rijeka are both AIVP members since many years. M. Vojko Obersnel, Mayor of Rijeka City, discussed with us the main stakes and challenges of this project and how it will enhance the attractiveness of the Port and the City, giving to the Port City of Rijeka a new role on the international scene.

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