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History of port cities


The aim of this section is to publish articles and research work that focus on studying, giving consideration to and analysing the historical development of ports and port cities from the outset, i.e. from the time they first became urban port settlements in prehistoric times, until midway through the 20th Century.  
The articles may offer either an insight into port cities in specific eras or periods, or partial aspects of the relationships between ports and their cities; these could be from an urban planning, socio-economic, environmental or cultural viewpoint, etc.





History of the Port of La Luz (Las Palmas): plans, projects and works in more than five centuries of shared history


The Port of Las Palmas has grown according to a model of development like other modern ports and its variations in the relationship between port and city. There are three major steps of transformation: phase of setting (urban-port concept), phase of expansion (growth and distance) and phase of specialization (isolation and segregation). It should be added a fourth phase of approach and integration of some areas into the immediate surroundings, providing new areas of transition and coexistence: cooperation in port-city developments.

Port and urban planning gives special attention to provide with multifunctional areas and infrastructures to develop different activities and traffics depending on demand. In this particular case, on the one hand, the Delimitation of Port Areas and Uses allows “Basic Uses” in specialized areas but, at the same time, allows other different uses that can be compatible. On the other, the Special Development Plan organizes the port in several large areas for general use, instead the traditional small plots, and differentiates between the binding main roads and secondary roads subject to change to meet the needs.



Historia; Modelo de desarrollo portuario; Relación ciudad-puerto; Puerto de Las Palmas; Puerto de La Luz.



Civil Engineer, Head of Area of Strategic Planning and Port Management, Port Authority Las Palmas, Spain.


HOLM MATEO Guillermo

Telecommunications Engineer, Responsible for Infrastructures, Area of Strategic Planning and Port Management.


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Port areas and spatiality of Tripoli (Lebanon) from Antiquity to the Middle-Ages


This article is the first part of a geographical study about the sense of space and spatiality of Tripoli’s port and society, through the ages.

Tripoli’s ancient history is not well known and very fragmented. This history seems to start during Late Bronze Age, but we still do not know when and by whom the city was created.

Despite these knowledge gaps, the evolution of the city seems to be linked to an early port development, which configures the local human relation to space at different geographical scales through spatiality and time.

To begin with, defining the site and the situation of the city on the Near-East coast helps to understand the role and growth of the port and its existence through the ages despite invasions, wars, earthquakes or political changes.



Port history; Middle-East; Lebanon; Mediterranean; Port city; Port spatiality.




Geographer and Urbanist, Research, French Institute for the Near East, Beirut, Lebanon


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