Toronto: the Sidewalk Labs master plan for Quayside is provoking debate

Sidewalk Labs publicised its “Draft Master Innovation and Development Plan” for the 4.9 hectares of Quayside at the end of June. Waterfront Toronto has launched an evaluation procedure, based mainly on public consultation. There has been prompt reaction to the project from various angles in the press, as well as an open letter from the President of Waterfront Toronto. He points out that Waterfront Toronto was not involved in the creation of this master plan and that a certain number of disagreements still need to be resolved. One particular aspect is the governance plan for the project: leadership of the execution, use of data for the smart project, etc.

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Great opportunity to learn about mobility in port cities in EU program Civitas-Portis

EU program Civitas Portis launches a call for interests for European port cities interested in knowing more about innovative mobility solutions. The deadline for applications is on September 15th. In the past AIVP days in Riga we hosted representatives from this EU program and saw possible crossovers regarding goal 3 of the AIVP agenda 2030 about mobility for port cities

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For terminal operator TTI, ports must move beyond logistics and improve their industrial competitiveness

The view, expressed by the director of the terminal at Algeciras, aims to prevent an endless trade war between ports. On the contrary, port territories need to make efforts to consolidate industrial activity and generate jobs. Control of the logistics chain and development of import and export business requires control of production.
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Valencia (Spain): rethinking public spaces for and with the citizen

Valencia Marina was recently the venue for Placemaking Week Europe 2019. This festival was inspired by the Project For Public Spaces movement which originated in the United States. The idea is to put the users of these public spaces back at the heart of reflection in order to co-construct with them attractive spaces where people can enjoy walking, meeting and relaxing. The success of the Marina and the way the population and visitors made it their own is a good example. And the “Marina de Valencia” has just  launched a competition for ideas to redefine, with the citizens, Tinglado 2 and public spaces. Closing date: 02 September

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Industrial ecology has become a must in port territory development strategies

In its June number, NPI magazine reviews all current projects in France in the light of the initiatives taken at Rotterdam and Antwerp. There is no longer any doubt on the benefits of these new industrial practices, but the right economic model has yet to be found by getting all the stakeholders in the territory round one table. Competitiveness starts with good knowledge of the City-Port-Industry ecosystem by everyone involved. Continue reading

New initiatives to increase the social integration of port activities in Lorient

The port and city of Lorient hosted on June 15 and 16, the successful “Ports en Fête” festival, celebrating the fishing sector with concerts, port visits and other cultural events emphasizing the importance of the fishing port sector for society and local identity. At the same time, the Port Center of Lorient co-financed the «Explo’r@de» app to discover more than 120 highlights of the port spread over the bay, using augmented reality, improving the users’ experience. The project was done by the ‘Espace des sciences/Maison de la Mer. All this news, and the new “Carnet de bord” with illustration explaining the port to children, are available in the website of the port center. Continue reading

Boston: recommendations for the working port

How can the working port of Boston be preserved and reinvigorated under the continually increasing pressure to give a new use to waterfront sites? Two documents have been produced by Boston Harbour Now, based on discussions with experts and stakeholders, which define recommendations on how to respond to four challenges: growth, synergy, flexibility and change. These recommendations also evolved after the participation of Jill Valdes (Boston Harbour Now) in the AIVP World Conference in Quebec.

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The future of sea transport requires global reflection on its environmental and climate impacts

Safety, pollution, giant ships – is shipping reaching a critical point? This question, discussed in an important debate on a large French public radio station, is being raised more and more frequently. The cruise ship industry, despite its efforts, is criticised for its impact on the health of port city inhabitants. Political and social issues seem to be outweighing purely commercial questions. More than ever before, Cities, Ports and Citizens must learn to understand one another and work together for a more sustainable shipping world. AIVP is working on this, day in, day out. . Continue reading

Shanghai continues riverside developments

Numerous public spaces and promenades have been created along almost 1.2 km of the Yangpu River. Some relics of the area’s industrial heritage have been preserved. In the Baoshan district, two new parks have opened on the edge of the Yangtze. Formerly used for container traffic, the area will be home to 4,200 apartments, along with shops, restaurants, hotels, an Imax cinema, kindergartens, and more.

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Port-Louis Waterfront (Mauritius): first phase inaugurated

Work on the initial phase of the redevelopment project was completed last December, with shops and restaurants open to residents and visitors. A multiplex cinema will open next October. Two more redevelopment phases will follow, and are expected to be completed in 2020. The Prime Minister has also announced plans for a new cruise terminal (the invitation to tender was launched in April) and an aquarium.

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