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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

LAST UPDATE, January 26, 2020
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Culture and identity


A thematic area that is devoted to publishing articles and work on questions such as:
- Port city cultural heritage: nautical and port heritage (material and immaterial); conservation; reappraisal and enrichment.
- The collective cultural memory of port cities through such facilities as libraries, maritime and port museums, archives.
- Ports as a cultural reference: ports and written culture (language and communication, literature, the press); ports and audiovisual culture (music, cinema, photography); ports and the arts (illustrations, paintings, prints, sculpture); ports and the necessities of life (diet, culinary activities, food and drink), clothing (attire, fashion, uniforms), etc.
- Ports and urban identity: the distinctive features of ports (port-city symbols and symbolism, metaphors and ports, the notion of port cities); the port city idea (perception and meaning, port city emotions, etc.)





Essay on the valorisation of heritage and cultural identity in waterfronts redevelopment processes


The post-industrial movement of revitalizing waterfronts has been guided by a multitude of interventions at a global scale, characterized by their varying natures, scopes and objectives. A feature common to many of these interventions relates to the appropriative valorisation of heritage and cultural identity stemming from past uses as a resource for new activities, elements of differentiation and vectors of territorial identity. Based on the analysis of various projects, this article presents and discusses the following proposal of systematizing the way in which heritage and identity are appropriated and valued in these interventions: functional conservation and redevelopment of built heritage; conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage; valorisation of heritage as an important symbolic element; promotion of heritage as a basis for new cultural industries; enhancement of cultural events; valorisation of heritage as a resource for tourism and leisure.



Waterfronts; Cultural heritage; Territorial identity; Post-industrial era; Redevelopment.



PhD Student, Researcher, e-GEO Geography and Regional Planning Research Center and Institute for the Dynamics of Space, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon.


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MARTINO Antonello, DE FINO Mariella, DE TOMMASI Giambattista


Historic ports of Apulia: Brindisi from investigation to enhancement


Since the 19th century, pre-industrial ports have developed productive, commercial and touristic facilities with modern standards in logistics, safety and accessibility. Such a transformation has definitely affected the historical and architectural heritage, in terms of state of conservation, as well as of relationship with the port system and the urban settlement. The paper is going to describe and discuss an assessment methodology, with specific reference to the representative case study of Brindisi, South Italy. The overall research goal is the definition of limits and opportunities toward the requalification of historical buildings and spaces, as a way for the sustainable management of the port system and the strengthening of the tangible and intangible connection between urban settlement and sea front.

Specifically, starting from the overview of the historical and morphological evolution of the port, the analysis through survey forms and thematic maps concerns historical architectures, structures and infrastructures with environmental criticalities, polarities and connections within the port and the city. The results point out how the safeguard and enhancement of the built heritage might pave the way for the environmental requalification of the port and the development of the port-city relationship.



Port historic heritage; Port-city relationship; Preservation and enhancement.


MARTINO Antonello

Architect Engineer, Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Polytechnic University of Bari.


DE FINO Mariella

Engineer, Research Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Polytechnic University of Bari.


DE TOMMASI Giambattista

Full Professor in Architectural Restoration, Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Polytechnic University of Bari.


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How locals perceive the urban port: the City-Port Interface in Vitória/Brazil


Port cities are known for their special relationships due to the interfaces between city and port, historically sustained when both city and port continue to grow and develop together, fostering their interdependence through creation of identities and cultural aspects that reflect their common trajectory. There are cases in which city and port follow different courses of development and the connections that sustain the port city as one single unit are retained only in the memory and nostalgic feelings of its inhabitants. This paper is the result of field research which studied the trajectory of the port city of Vitoria, Espírito Santo State, Brazil and how the perception of being a port city has been lost by its inhabitants.



City-port; City-port interfaces; Urban port; Vitória; Brazil.



Economist, PhD in Social Science, Coordinator of Cityport Observatory, University Vila Velha (UVV-ES), Brazil.


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