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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

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Restructuring urban-port waterfronts


This section will feature texts that focus on subject matter such as the following:
- Revitalising and transforming former port zones for urban use: devising and designing restructuring projects for waterfronts; types, criteria, models and their sustainability; the new urban-port landscapes that emerge from the redesignation of disused areas; the architecture and urban planning of waterfronts; the physical and functional liaising and organising of urban-port waterfronts in cities; the urban impact of regenerating obsolete port waterfronts.
- The management and administration of urban-port waterfronts: regulatory framework; models for promoting, enhancing and operating waterfronts; financial profitability and feasibility; public and private initiative and investment; the economic effects that redesignation has upon waterfronts. 





The conversion of the port in Valparaiso Waterfront: urban regeneration and the identity transformation


The port of Valparaiso begins its port modernization process since the year 1997 have witnessed various initiatives that reflect a process of transformation port in the global era.

The waterfront “Puerto Baron” comes to realize a model of port cities in globalization aspect, however in its management, process design and the project has been contradictory regarding the consistency of Valparaiso. In principle the waterfront “Puerto Baron” is the way the port of Valparaiso begins a dialogue globally with other ports in the world, but it can also mean the end of the model Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city had acquired from the year 2003.



Waterfront; Valparaiso; Redevelopment; Port Identity; Heritage.




Sociologist, University of Valparaiso, Chile.

Professional Associated, Overcoming Poverty Foundation, Valparaiso, Chile.

Regional Manager Proposals Country.


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The waterfront of Catania between past and future: the Larmisi cliff


In recent decades, the waterfront redevelopment has assumed the role of motor of the regeneration of the cities, as opportunity to promote sustainable development. In Catania, the coastline along the Larmisi cliff is occupied by the railway and is the subject of debate in the city, because is in anticipation of the drafting and adoption of a new City General Plan and of the Project which involves to put underground the railway. Due to the critical examination of the urban dynamics and the analysis of recent proposed projects, it is clear the critical role that the railway could have in the future. In fact, the possibility to release the areas along the cliff, would be a unique opportunity in order to create a urban waterfront, for the sustainable development of the city.



Waterfront redevelopment; Catania; Larmisi cliff; Sustainable mobility.



PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR), University of Catania.



Architect freelancer, Catania, Italy.


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GASTALDI Francesco, FURLAN Elisa


From military and industrial to tourist city. The case of La Spezia


A long process, not without difficulties, is leading the city of La Spezia towards reconstructing a new image for itself, by accepting or removing forms or figures inherited from the past and looking for new potential within its territory. This reconstruction of a new identity comes through a long season of policies starting in the eighties and characterised by a more intense processual phase around the nineties, with the development of some area plans that anticipated the local plan (Piano Urbanistico Comunale) and attempted to a new strategic vision for La Spezia. It was not only this long planning path to have played a part in changing territorial perspectives, but also and most importantly the sum of several projects that made this transformation possible. The imaginary that alimented the military and industrial city along the nineteenth century at a certain point exhausted its life cycle, and had to be radically rethought, opening up to a new season of urban policies and territorial marketing. La Spezia, after processing the industrial crisis, has since the late eighties been confronted with two challenges that are crucial for the future of the city. The first one is the construction of a new waterfront, in the Calata Paita, a port area in the heart of the city. The second is connected with the reconversion of major military areas and the reorganisation of the Arsenale (comprising a 85 ha surface) in a way that allows to maintain its military and defence role but at the same time to reconvert part of the area towards new uses (Crecchi, 2011).



Waterfront; Urban; Regeneration; Military city; Tourist city.


GASTALDI Francesco

Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Iuav University of Venice.



Urban Planner, Iuav University of Venice.


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