The Cork Docklands (Ireland) set for redevelopment

 Port city interface 

With 160 hectares of land and 4 km of waterfront, the Cork Docklands site has vast potential. Following numerous studies over the last 20 years, projects are now beginning to emerge. In the North sector, this means offices, housing, and a recently-opened hotel. Planning permission for another 241-room hotel has been obtained. And the Port of Cork has commissioned a master plan specifically for the Tivoli Docks site, which will become available around 2025 after port activities are withdrawn. In the South sector, planning permission has been approved for a 25-storey residential tower block, while Marina Quarter Ltd has unveiled plans for more than 1,000 apartments. The relocation of a fertilizer firm will also open up new possibilities. All in all, the Docklands are set for far-reaching changes that are sure to trigger debate about the future of the area’s industrial and port heritage.

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Pakistan’s government approves the master plan for Gwadar Smart Port City

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The project was designed to bring the city’s development into line with that of the deepwater port created with Chinese help and opened in 2007. It aims to make Gwadar an economic hub for South Asia, while generating 1.2 million jobs. Some 15,800 homes will be needed by 2025, rising to a total of 254,500 by 2050. There are also plans for theme parks, exhibition centres, seaside resorts, gardens, and museums.

Business Recorder ; Globe Estate & Builders ; Vidéo Gwadar Masterplan 2020

Zaha Hadid produces a master plan for Shenzhen (China)

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The plan will transform the port area of Huanggang into a dedicated research and innovation zone for sectors such as micro-electronics, artificial intelligence, materials development, robotics, medical sciences, and more. The project is based around two large squares, and includes plans for residential and leisure facilities for people working at the science park. There are also plans for numerous green spaces, particularly along the Shenzhen river.

➜ Design boom (+ images)

The Factory, a contemporary arts centre in Ho Chi Minh City

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Since 2017, a former steel warehouse has become a venue for meetings and contemporary art exhibitions. Permanent installations are not permitted on the site in front of the warehouse, and so eleven containers have been stacked on three levels for use as co-working spaces, cafés, restaurants and small shops.

ArchDaily (+ images, plans)

Vast project for the Rijnhaven district in Rotterdam

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Powerhouse Company has produced a master plan for this heritage site, which formerly housed the Codrico plant. The plan includes 1,500 residential units, some of them in a 220 metre-tall tower, along with offices, shops, and cultural amenities. The project also includes developments on the water, including a maritime museum in the shape of a triple helix designed by Mecanoo.

Design boom (+ images) ; World Architecture News (+ images, plans)

New start for the Mohammed VI Tanger Tech City project

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It was widely thought that the project launched in 2017 had been abandoned. However, several agreements have recently been signed with Chinese partners have kick-started the initiative. Located near the Tanger Med port complex, this smart city to be constructed on a 200 hectare site is being presented as a modern, futuristic, eco-friendly industrial city, connected with new technologies. Chinese firm Aeolon has already announced plans to create a wind turbine factory, generating 2,000 new jobs.

L’Opinion ; Morocow world news