Phase 2 of the Euroméditerranée project in Marseilles (France): moving towards a resilient city

 Climate change 

Euroméditerranée has signed a framework agreement with the firm Leclercq Associés, partnered with Setec, to act as urban planning and design consultants for specific districts concerned by this vast development project. They will look closely at strategy on housing and public spaces. The wider aim is to design what could be the sustainable Mediterranean city, one capable of meeting the challenges posed by climate change. AIVP members will no doubt want to keep a close eye on the process and the resulting solutions.
(Euroméditerranée and Setec International are both AIVP members).

Le Moniteur ; Euroméditerranée

How can areas be made attractive while undergoing redevelopment?

 Port city interface 

We have reported regularly on projects being carried on Marseilles’ waterfront and city-port interface area. Urban redevelopment covering 310 hectares began in 1995, with an additional 170 hectares added in 2007. Projects of this scale are naturally carried out over a period of time. The challenge is to ensure that the areas concerned are attractive to residents and visitors, even before their redevelopment is complete. This is a commonly raised issue for many of you. To address it, Euroméditerranée, the body in charge of the waterfront redevelopment in Marseilles and a member of AIVP, launched “MOVE” in late 2018, an invitation for expressions of interest in four newly available sites. The aim was to use the sites as a testing ground for temporary projects developed on themes such as solidarity, economy, collaboration, culture or civic responsibility. A short list of 11 projects was drawn up. Following discussions, the list of projects was fine-tuned, and some were merged together. Ultimately, four projects were selected. All will be installed in consultation with Euroméditérranée, and will remain in place for between one and four years. This is a fascinating temporary initiative designed to provide residents with a high-quality city-port interface, and we will be monitoring it closely.

MOVE, dossier de presse ; Video

Are “sponge cities” our future?

 Climate change 

By 2050, coastal areas will be home to 1.4 billion people and 570 cities, some of them vast megapolises, will be at threat from rising water levels, according to the international network C40. Extreme climatic events will only serve to exacerbate the risk of flooding, to which our port cities are increasingly exposed. In the course of the monitoring we carry out on your behalf, we are increasingly seeing the development of strategies inspired directly or indirectly by the “sponge city” concept. The aim is to restore the ground’s natural capacity to absorb water, a capacity that has been largely lost in our cities as a result of urban development, and the use of concrete and asphalt. The main solutions adopted include using porous materials, creating floodable green spaces, restoring wetland areas, and also treating and storing water for re-use during periods of drought. Chinese port cities are among the first cities to have opted for this approach, along with some major industrial groups such as Suez (a member of AIVP), which is helping Chongqing (China) along this path to becoming a resilient port city.

Demain la ville ; Ejinsight ; Government of Hong Kong ; Wuhan


A sustainable and smart city? Real-scale test in Copenhagen (Denmark)

 Climate change 

EnergyLab Nordhavn was created in 2015 to test energy solutions for a smart city. Use of renewable energies, low-energy buildings, electric mobility, flexible and optimised energy management are just some of the possibilities tested on a real-world scale in the port sector of Nordhavn, which is currently under redevelopment. EnergyLab Nordhavn presents the results of these four years of work in its latest annual report, and sets out recommendations for sustainable energy solutions. A showroom has been created in the former Nordhavn silo to explain their tests and findings. The approach is fully in line with goal number 1 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda, aimed at anticipating the consequences of climate change for port cities!

e smart city (+ video) ; EnergyLab Nordhavn ; Annual Report ; Recommendations


An innovation campus in the Dublin Docklands (Ireland)

 Human capital 

Google set up shop in the district in 2003, and was soon joined by other global giants including Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Irish government will contribute funding to the Technology Campus of Trinity College Dublin. The project represents a new piece of the innovation district developing in the Grand Canal Quay area. The campus will play a unifying role for the local innovation ecosystem, bringing together the major groups already present, along with start-ups, educational and research institutions, etc.

Observateur OCDE ; Irish times ; Newstalk (+ video)


Strasbourg wants to rely on river transport for more sustainable urban logistics.

Since May 2018, a terminal has been set up at the Quai des Pécheurs in the heart of the metropolis for the needs of a construction site. The City wants now to go further today and is calling for projects to make this terminal a platform for low-carbon urban logistics. The terminal shall operate on a daily basis in perfect harmony with other urban and tourist uses of the waterway. This project is part of the Strasbourg climate plan. Continue reading

Copenhagen: waste plant and leisure centre

“Copenhill”, a new waste recycling plant, is now open to the public. The site is in fact much more than just a power plant, and is home to various leisure facilities including a ski slope, climbing wall, and hiking trail. It also has an environmental education centre, and commands panoramic views of the city and port. The project was designed by Bjarke Ingels and landscape architects LSA. Continue reading

Port leaders gather in Barcelona to discuss Smart port technologies in the event “Smart Ports – Piers of the Future” between 19 to 21 of november 2019

The Port of Barcelona, along with other 5 leading ports – including AIVP members Rotterdam, Antwerp and Montreal-, will host during the next Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, a parallel event titled “Smart Ports – Piers of the Future”. Among the main discussion topics will be digitalisation, automation and connectivity.

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For the first time, ports rate climate change among the three biggest environmental priorities

Cutting carbon emissions and adapting infrastructures are key concerns. However, more and more ports, local partner communities and businesses are organising in clusters to tackle issues globally, with citizens increasingly concerned about the way their future is being shaped. Meanwhile, the IMO has recently removed obstacles to cross-border carbon storage, which should help the industry organise and operate more efficiently.
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Chilean ports contribute to the quality of local life by collaborating in the maintenance of public spaces

Ports of Chile show their commitment with the local population with cleaning campaigns of beaches and coastal areas. The Captaincy and Port of Talcahuano lead a program with the help of 600 volunteers that removed more than 1,5 tons of waste. The port of San Antonio removed almost 8 tons of waste in September in several urban areas close to the port. The terminal operator DP World has led another cleaning program with the help of students in the beach of Lirquén.

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