Powerhouse Brattørkaia: a positive energy building opens on Trondheim’s waterfront

Its designer, Snøhetta, has combined various solutions for the new office building: choice of construction materials, building orientation, solar panels, heat recovery, waste water, sea water use, natural light, etc. The building will generate renewable to cover its own needs, while also supplying power to neighbouring buildings, electric buses, boats and cars via a local micro-grid.

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New York City consults citizens on the latest version of its Vision 2020 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

A waterfront zoning plan was originally created in 1993, and in 2008 the City decided it should be updated every ten years. The current consultation concerns the new version of the Vision 2020 for the 520 miles of waterfront, a document dating back to 2011. This summer, a variety of public workshops were organised for “Living and Playing at the Waterfront”, “Working at the Waterfront”, “Restoring and Recreation”, “Adapting our Waterfront” (to climate change).

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Long Beach and Los Angeles ports begin talks to intensify cooperation

The challenge is to make the City Port territory more competitive as a gateway for products arriving in the USA from Asia. This internal strategy driven by the management of both ports is reminiscent is similar to those involving Tacoma and Seattle, or the joint sports initiative between Virginia and Georgia. Géraldine Knatz, former CEO of the Port of Los Angeles and member of the AIVP Expert Committee, believes these initiatives are sensible solutions, that have become increasingly popular since the last attempted merger in 2014.
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Port of Rotterdam and Hamburg are discussing coordinated action for greener harbors

Local politicians from the green and social-democratic parties are negotiating new identical green shipping regulation to avoid harming economic competition, while favoring more environmentally sustainable ports. The goal is to convince other major European ports to join the initiative.

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Saint-Nazaire: the roof of the submarine base set to become an urban park

By 2021, the four hectares of roof area will house an urban farm and an educational centre devoted to the ecological transition, created by the non-profit association Base. Green spaces will complete the “Jardin du Tiers-paysage” landscape garden designed by Gilles Clément, while a sports trail and a heritage trail will also be created at this highly symbolic site in Saint-Nazaire.

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SAIMI in South Africa launches the National Maritime Awareness Programme to foster national maritime culture and pride in the ocean’s environment

This program from SAIMI, the South African International Maritime Institute, includes the campaign “Dive in”, to be launched on Sept. 4th in the Maritime Careers Expo, in East London (SA). The National programme is the result of cooperation with other maritime stakeholders, and wants show broader audiences the different actions taking place to foster human capital development. Among the different initiatives themes there are youth skills development, empowerment of women in the maritime sector, engagements with the maritime industry.

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Amsterdam: what strategy for Haven-Stad?

The City of Amsterdam wants to turn the 650 hectare Docklands site into a sustainable mixed-use district, capable of accommodating some 70,000 homes and generating 58,000 jobs. Last February, it called in experts from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to assess the opportunities and risks of the vast project. In its report, the ULI recommends accelerating the project, engaging investors, and also sharing the risks by setting up a public/private development company involving all of the stakeholders concerned.

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Kribi: City-Port agreement for territorial development balanced between economic, environmental and social priorities.

The framework cooperation agreement aims to achieve harmony between City and Port, as the new port of Kribi grows in stature. The quest to reconcile port and urban strategies needs to promote the local territory as a port conurbation, and a Socio-Economic Support Programme for the Kribi area (PASEK) will soon be created to this end.
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