Port City Futures is an initiative of the LDE Centre for Metropolis and Mainport, investigating the evolving spatial use and design of port city regions over time, in particular addressing when port and city activities occur in the same places and sometimes conflict.
A port, its neighboring city, and region form a type of territory at select intersections of water and land, across which people, goods, and ideas all flow. Although a port and its infrastructure form a globally connected industrial complex, that complex must share limited space with its city and region. Port functions exist cheek by jowl with lived-in urban spaces, and other built-up and natural areas. Port City Futures explores these particularities and proposes spatial planning and design measures for the use of this limited space so that the port and city (and region) can jointly evolve.
Port City Futures employs interdisciplinary methods and long-term perspectives to connect political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of spatial use. It explores how the flows of goods and people generated by port activities intersect with the dynamics of the natural territory, hydraulic engineering, spatial planning, urban design, architecture, and heritage. It examines the spatial impact of competing interests among port-related and urban spatial development needs and timelines, proposes possible scenarios, and examines the impacts of these futures.
Pollution | Urban Development
How can policy makers, urbanists and architects help mitigate the spatial impact of highly polluting industries in line with sustainable urban development?
Heritage | Migration
How can historical cultural diversity and the values embedded in the built heritage meet the needs of citizens and migrants currently living in, working in, and traveling through port cities.
Governance | Global Trade
How can local governments engage with and regulate a port that is intimately linked to global trade flows?
Education | Automation
How will automation of technology, services and administration affect a port's spatial economy (jobs and spaces) and how can we educate children to be ready for the port city regions of the future?
New Technologies | Happiness
How will new industrial technologies and services in the port affect living conditions for all citizens?
Culture | Production
How can all local stakeholders create a port city culture that critically supports (port-related) spatial development needs?
Logistics | Liveability
How can cities and port authorities guide daily freight traffic flows in a way that they can deliver goods to city and port but do not impede city liveability?
Economy | Climate Change
How can economic benefits for a modern port city and the construction of (publicly funded) infrastructure, be combined with a climate adaptation strategy, which pays attention to flood risk reduction by ‘building with nature’ and ecological restoration?
Ports and cities face global urgencies, including climate change, sea water level rise, migration, and the energy transition, and local urgencies, such as education and job creation. Many spatial issues intertwine the two scales. How can stakeholders garner broad support for recognizing individual and shared problems, generating solutions, and experimenting with new ways of working?
Mapping ambitions from all stakeholders within a port city region will unveil both conflicting and supporting objectives and motivation. Understanding each other’s contexts, concerns, and hopes, and finding the interdependencies between parties is crucial for developing a future in which city and port remain fruitfully connected.
Port specific research and development affects the city on spatial, cultural, and social levels. A collaborative approach is needed to acknowledges this reality and to facilitate mutual benefits.
Experiences and expertise developed by spatial design researchers and planners in each port-city domain can be shared across port cities around the world through multinational, multidisciplinary exchanges among relevant stakeholders, including academics, port authorities, city governments, and citizens.
Technologies developed for specific port or city related challenges – IoT, sensoring, truck platooning – may very well be applicable to the urban and regional context. Exchange of knowledge and technology may improve efficiency and connectedness.
Planning and Design Alliances
Collaborative design and planning processes include various stakeholder’s ambitions and needs, and result in mutual beneficial proposals and results.
Decentralization and Energy - Conference
23-25 January 2018
The post-oil energy transition raises questions about spatial organisation from energy production to consumption. Throughout history, changing sources of energy have shaped urban and regional landscapes. Energy transitions and changing reciprocal relation between energy and space have influenced decentralisation theory and practice revolving around distribution or dispersing functions, powers, and people away from a central location. This three-day conference asks: How do decentralisation concepts and energy systems intersect both in theory and spatial practices? Investigating the role of energy in urban decentralisation provides new insights into planning history and help develop a sustainable future.
Port City Futures - Conference
December 17th-19th, 2018
The conference is dedicated to the manifold relations between cities and ports. Historically, ports and cities have engaged with major transformations in interconnected ways – ways that will continue to play a role in the future: A strong port city culture can help resolve spatial development questions generated by contemporary urgencies, such as the energy transition, climate change, new technologies, transformations of work conditions so that the port and city (and region) can jointly evolve in a limited space.
To test this hypothesis and to develop a long-term research agenda, this conference brings together port, city, and regional stakeholders and academics from various port cities to compare their experience with Rotterdam. It aims to stimulate/facilitate discussions between participants on port city relationships by looking at the past and learning from it, identifying contemporary problems and creating future opportunities, identifying and connecting and involving main stakeholders identifying specific different political, economic, social, cultural settings.
Biennale Architettura 2018 - Exhibition
May 26th - July 10th, 2018
at 'The Port and the Fall of Icarus' pavilion (Riva dei Sette Martiri), in collaboration with Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin & Filippo LaFleur
Viscous Space: The offshore physicality of the North Sea between solid and liquid - Conference
June 20th - June 22nd, 2018
Delft University of Technology, faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
The interdisciplinary conference invites researchers to develop a new perspective on the North Sea as an integral part of our historical urban realm and the site of unfolding urbanization processes.
How are processes of ocean urbanization reshaping our regional economic, social, cultural, and human environments both at sea and on land? Which tools, methods and frameworks can help re-conceptualize the sea-space and restore its cultural relevance?
Keynotes: Andrew Barry - UCL, Rania Goshn - MIT, Christian Schmid - FLC Singapore & Milica Topalovic - ETHZ
Contibutions by: Medine Altiok, Arjan van Binsbergen, Claudia Bode, Bram Bosman, François Bruneau, Nancy Couling, Susan Dunnem, Maurits Ertsen, Kira Gee, Stephan Hauser, FLoris von Hest, Carola Hein, Jacqueline Heerema, Elmira Jafari, Anne-Mette Jørgensen, Hamed Khosravi, Anne Trine Kjørholt, Everhard Korthals Altes, Taneha Kuzniecoa Bacchin, Jonathan Ledgard, Martijn Manders, Francesco Musco, Stephen J. Ramos, Rose Sarkhosh, Dirk Schubert, Dirk Sijmons, Huygen van Steen, Enrico Tommarchi, Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, Rob Zuidwijk
info & registration:
Nancy Couling: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carola Hein: email@example.com
Changing Ports: Labour, Logistics, and Territory - Symposium
June 14th, 2018
Dutch Pavilion Venice Biennale, in collaboration with Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin & Filippo LaFleur
with contributions by Carola Hein, Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur, Han Meyer, Antonio Revedin, Lóri Tavasszy, Paola Vigano, Guido Zucconi, and moderated by Marcel Hertogh
Writing Port Cities
Prof.dr.ing. Carola Hein - Delft Univeristy of Technology
Professor of History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of Architecture
Prof.dr.ir. Lóri Tavasszy - Delft University of Technology
Professor in Freight and Logistics, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Siebe Bakker - bureaubakker
Carola Hein: firstname.lastname@example.org
for LDE Metropolis and Mainport
Carola Hein & Lóri Tavasszy
Creative Projects Amsterdam
curator Port City Futures
Port City Futures
a LDE Metropolis and Mainport initiative