Author Archives for José SANCHEZ

Multi-scalar nature of port mobility beyond the port-city threshold. The case for two time-tested North-Italian port cities: Genoa and Venice

November 25, 2020 12:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The issue of sustainable mobility is without doubt one of the prime challenges for port cities. From international shipping routes or contitental freight corridors to the urban flows and passenger's movements, all these very different scales are interconnected and need to by harmonized. In this article by Systematica , we can learn from two Italian cases and their most recent projects to make mobility more sustainable.


how to share and protect port city culture and heritage?

November 23, 2020 10:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many projects and initiatives focusing on the cultural heritage of the port city exist around the world. From the organization of events to the development of archives, museums, social media, or Port Centers, all are valuable tools to improve the social integration of the port. AIVP presents a selection of inspiring examples on this subject. Discover them and be inspired!


Port-City instawalk, an educator’s approach on port-city relationships

November 20, 2020 3:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Being passionate about ports and port-cities doesn't always make you realize that what you see is not what others see. When you talk to people on the streets in Rotterdam for many people the port is as abstract as a bank. You know that what they do is important in daily life, but take it for granted. This was exactly the case when we started redesigning the curriculum of our Minor Port Management & Logistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. How do we engage students with an economic, business or law background with the port-city? How can we make young academics make the connection between the past and the present in such a way that the younger generation gets engaged and finds a future in the port-city ecosystem?


Port of Taranto: A new AIVP member celebrating port city culture

November 6, 2020 10:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea - Port of Taranto, in Italy, is a new AIVP member since 2020. The port of Taranto has been very actively disclosing the port-city culture, sharing with the citizens. Indeed, Taranto’s history is closely linked to its maritime activities. It goes back to the Ancient Greeks, and has historical links to several countries, including obviously Greece, but also Spain, France and the Maghreb. Today, Taranto is a major port in Southern Italy, and aims to be a leading intermodal hub on the maritime road from Europe to Asia through the Suez canal. Urban development relies on the port, both for industrial activity and for tourism, as a discrete cruise sector is growing in this Apulian historical city. The Old town of Taranto counts several historical monuments such as the Aragon Castle, located directly on the waterfront. The City also hosts the “MArTA”, the National Archaeological Museum founded in Taranto in 1887, today hosting the largest collection of works produced in ancient Taranto, thus exploring thousands of years of history and culture. The Port of Taranto is an active stakeholder in the Old town’s redevelopment, in cooperation with the Municipality of Taranto.


Tiziana Murgia

The Italian Port Days Experience: A new challenge, a new frontier

November 4, 2020 12:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Port festivals have been one of the main initiatives for ports to bring citizens closer to their activities. They usually include group visits, concerts, art shows or conferences. They build on the maritime culture and "wow" effect of the port territory, particularly when visitors stand close to big ships or cranes, or heritage. Port open days usually take place locally, celebrating the anniversary of the port authority. But what if it was a national event? This is exactly what happens in the Italian Port Days, already in its second edition. In this article, Tiziana Murgia from Assoporti, explains their motivations and challenges to organize this event and the combined efforts from many stakeholders.


Port Archives and Port City Culture

November 2, 2020 8:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Port Archives remain a relatively unknown institution when compared to the visibility that maritime or port museums may have. They are often regarded as resource for researchers, but can also play an important role in the port-city-citizen relationship. Lar Joye, Port Heritage Director of of Heritage of Dublin Port Company explains in this article the different initiatives the port is taking forward to open up the archives, making them accessible for everybody and exploring their vast collection of documents and images.


Celebrating the past to better build the future

October 28, 2020 5:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Port of Montreal has developed several projects in the last years to bring the port closer to the citizens. In this article, Ms. Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Port of Montreal, reflects on the importance of port city culture and heritage, explains the new initiatives and the impact they had in the port-city relationship.