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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

LAST UPDATE, January 26, 2020
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Economy and business


This section is given over to studying economic activities from the perspective of what port activities offer and the company and business fabric that such activities generate. In view of this, articles are published that are devoted to examining such questions as the economic functions of ports, the agents and production factors involved and, especially:

­ The different port activities: fishing; the industries associated with port activities (ship construction and boat-building, shipyards, the construction of infrastructures, port machinery and tools, industries that have been established in ports, etc.); leisure and tourism associated with these facilities (cruises, nautical sports and recreation, cultural and leisure equipment, etc.); trade and maritime transport (traffic, logistics, intermodality); work and jobs in ports.

­ The economic impact of ports: the role of ports and the regional and domestic urban economy; assessment of the economic impact of ports, the methodologies used for conducting studies and examples of particular cases.







Land values and land conversions in city port interfaces: the case of Barcelona



City-Port interfaces have become a battle field where success is measured by the capacity to keep or extend your property limits on the others side. Thereby, the fence dividing ownership limits plays the role of line of defense between systems. Nevertheless, city-port collaboration is emerging from land conversion processes since ports like Barcelona have founded the profitability of trading with urban goods further than the tight and historical assumed industrial-logistic requirement.


In this scenario, new land conversions are likely. In one hand future port developments are not neglected, facilitating future land supply for traditional maritime activities since public-administrative awareness for port expansion is not considered a constraining economic burden within the Barcelona Port Authority. In the other hand, the land market study performed shows the port urban activities as the highest and best use, taking into consideration results by surface unit. At the same time, land extension costs reveals lower than what market is willing to pay by surface unit at both sides of the interface. Thus, while, port land activities in general displays higher than urban activities in average, specific premium urban activities located inside the port contributes to improve port economic results. Moreover, the high urban demand for land in Barcelona as a consequence of its physical constrains for expansion, provides the Port Authority a key role in the city management.





Barcelona; City-port interface; Land market; Land conversion; Port expansion; Urban development.




Design and Urbanism Assistant Professor, Higher Technical School of Architecture of Reus, Rovira i Virgili University.



Design and Urbanism Assistant Professor, Higher Technical School of Architecture of Reus, Rovira i Virgili University.



Associate Professor REIP-QURE, Rovira i Virgili University and Institute of Economics of Barcelona (UB).


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