Harbour fronts have always been natural border areas. Spaces that lie between land and sea, between cities and ports, between local and global areas. This border identity has made them attractive for economic activity, as by nature, these areas are vibrant spaces for the exchange of goods, the transit of people, as well as the flow of capital and ideas.
A text signed by Carola HEIN, Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning
Delft University, The Netherlands and also rapporteur of the 16th World Conference Cities and Ports held in Quebec City last June.
The close engagement between water and land, between ships and buildings, between people and long-distant trade gives port cities are particular spatial character. The beautifully detailed historical maps collected in the city atlas and edited by Georg Braun and engraved by Franz Hogenberg in the late 16th century show how ships entered the heart of cities like Amsterdam, Venice, or London, connecting inner cities with traditional multifunctional warehouses and public buildings to the port and the sea.
The sensation of us standing on a pivotal moment in time is omnipresent. I heard it at the kick-off of the World Port Sustainability Program, a global initiative where some 1,000 ports have signed a declaration to contribute to the sustainable development goals. It also happened in London, where the IMO agreed to a significant decarbonize shipping. Recently I also read in a newspaper that the change into a new era may be as revolutionary as the Industrial Revolution was for people of that time. I dare to say, we are standing at the verge of a new Renaissance.
A text signed by Barbara FLUEGGE, Founder of Digitizing Ecosystems, Switzerland, and also speaker at the Quebec Conference from June 11th to 14th, 2018.
“Cruising into the city” – a marketing headline we recognize in the cruise business quite well. The routes we choose as passengers depend on a number of criteria. While cruising from one culture and geography into another, we seek excitement and the maximum user experience. Driven by our own preferences, our emotions too turn towards the destinations we are about to reach. Those are the ones that we know at Port Cities. What expects us there? What makes the Port Cities attractive to capture our, the consumers’, interest? And how to capture the interest of investors that help to make each of the Port Cities a unique experience? To explore the back office of a well-functioning port city, we do not ride on the “smart anything” wave. We take in the following a rather different route.