PORTUSplus 6 | Editorial
PORTUSplus has now reached its sixth edition, always retaining its original purpose: to exploit the advantages of online communication to promote the collection and dissemination of original scientific products with interdisciplinary nature, expanding and organizing information and studies focusing on topics of interest related to multiple dynamics of the contemporary port city.
Through the last “Call for Papers 2015” and the contributions of experts and professionals as young researchers and academics, the journal of RETE dedicated to the exploration of the themes concerning the relationship between city and port and the regeneration of urban waterfronts, offers its readers the results of completed studies and new research, significant experiences and best practices, to increase scientific and cultural knowledge and expand the interdisciplinary debate. Analysis and interpretation dynamics, phenomena, interaction processes take into account opportunities and impacts that affect the economic, environmental, social and cultural fields.
In the new issue of the journal PORTUSplus a particular attention is reserved to the issue of urban-port development and the problems by the relationship that the presence of a port in an urban context involves with respect to environmental sustainability, climate change, urban sprawl, the vulnerability and risk of extreme events on the coast. The history, culture and identity of the port city evolve with these new phenomena, while enhancing simultaneously the tangible and intangible heritage. Other consolidated thematic areas include the restructuring urban-port waterfronts and the regeneration of abandoned industrial areas that aim to define a contemporary port city and new port-city relations models, but also new forms of economy and business. In this context, increased importance must be given to the dynamic processes, which rely on planning to design future scenarios, new prospects and architectures that will transform the city-port landscape, rethinking the relationship between port, city and territory.
RETE continues with PORTUSplus his initiative mainly dedicated to implement the development of studies and researches as well as the interest in new disciplinary fields, to promote the interchange of experiences in different sectors and the dissemination of knowledge with the active participation of experts (professionals, technicians, researchers, academics, etc.).