Greenport : environmental practices in the port cities

Published by  15 October, 2012 10:54 am Leave your thoughts

The Greenport conference took place in Marseilles from 3 to 5 October. Partners of the event, AIVP seized this occasion to meet its Marseille members and get updated on their projects. One session dedicated to port city relations was chaired by Greta Marini.

Marseille 2012 © AIVPIn this city-port interface, several accomplishments are already showing the “art of compromise” which the Marseille stakeholders have reached. The revaluation of such an exceptional space as that of the Arenc Silo is an example of this: its reconversion into a performance hall has not hindered the maintenance of an access reserved for the port activities on the quayside. In the same spirit, the transformation of Hangar 11 will enable its cultural appropriation by the people of Marseille with a space for creation and exhibition on the top floor, without compromising the maintenance of the ferry activity with its flows of freight and passengers on the ground level. This compromise has here also been rendered possible by a clever reorganisation of the accesses to the various levels of the building. Occupying a privileged site along the coast boulevard between the Arenc Silo and the J4 esplanade where the construction of MUCEM – Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée ( is currently being completed. Hangar J1 will besides be one of the high spots of Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture ( .

The East Port of Marseille is today a multipurpose port, which handles very diverse but not very massive traffics. It could easily be classed as an “urban sized” port. In this respect it could enable the city of Marseille to maintain a significant number of jobs in the town.

AIVP are at present studying the possibility of organising a study trip on the occasion of Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture.

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