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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

LAST UPDATE, July 14, 2021
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Port, city and territory 


The place and the situation of the ports and cities in space, their physical location, the urban insertion of port activities, the port cities relationships with the territory, the hinterland, the configuration and networks operation of ports and port cities, the cooperation strategies and port capacity to attract flows of maritime transport, are some of the thematic lines that give content to this section.





Splendors and miseries of the marinas. The case of Imperia


The rise and fall of the “Portoimperia” project – nothing but a squallid appropriation of public money and common goods – is framed within the shift, due to the structural transformations of the late 19th century, in representing and perceiving the territory, where historical sustainable “vertical” relationships between the port-city and its hinterland are progressively replaced by the homologizing “horizontal” dimension of modernity.

The aim is implicitly suggesting the need of a new shift towards the reinterpretation of the role of the new infrastructure within both the rediscovery of historical links and, more generally, a different and sustainable development model, to be collectively constructed together with a humiliated local community which is looking for having voice.

In this sense, given their global/local dimension, port-cities constitute an interesting observatory for studies on the relationship between dark or grey networks and planning, a surprisingly (especially in Italy) still little investigated research field.



Tourist-port; Imperia; Sustainability; Development model; Dark and grey networks.



PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, Sapienza University of Rome.


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