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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

LAST UPDATE, July 14, 2021
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Future scenarios: planning and prospects


Different categories of articles are featured in this section. For example:
- Port planning and urban-port planning carried out on different levels and in a variety of areas.
- Work that is of a methodological and epistemological nature concerning urban and port planning, on the techniques and tools that are used for planning, whether they are of an integrated nature (strategic plans) or whether they concern urban planning, infrastructures or are of an economic kind.
- Articles whose purpose is to analyse and reflect upon the port city of the future and the future of port cities, the challenges and opportunities that ports and cities will be facing in the short- and medium-term, or studies that prepare concepts, new visions and proposals.



GASTALDI Francesco,CAMERIN Federico


The redevelopment process of the waterfront of Genoa after the period of great events (2004-2014)


The theme of restructuring urban-port waterfronts involved different scientific-disciplinary approaches (economic, social, city-planning, cultural, environmental etc.) for the revitalization of the façade overlooking the water, of the relationship between the city and the sea and between the city and the port. Genoa represents the most advanced Italian experience of how a city can reintegrate itself with its port area and waterfront. In fact, during the period 1992-2004 the great events were used as catalysts for the large-scale transformation of the Old Port and the historic center of the city of Genoa. The redevelopment of public spaces, rehabilitation of historic buildings and changes in the properties owners, uses and users of its axes, are driven by public and private organizations. Those are presented as highly beneficial to the city’s image, its insertion in cultural circuits and European tourism, and therefore, to improve living conditions by connecting the historic center with the waterfront. At the end of this period, the city seems to have reached the conclusion of an important urban regeneration cycle. After that, two different masterplans by Renzo Piano, the “Affresco” (2004-2008) and the “Blue Print” (2014) have opened the local debate for the redevelopment of the waterfront identified several projects able to allocate infrastructural investments and urban requalification programmes. The conflict between the port and the city has not been resolved and the proposal, favourably welcomed by the city, met with decisive opposition from port operators.



Waterfront redevelopment; Affresco masterplan; Blue Print masterplan; Genoa


GASTALDI Francesco

Associate Professor in Urban Planning, Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment, Iuav University of Venice, Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce 1957, 30135 Venice, Italy. 


CAMERIN Federico

Fellow researcher in Urban Planning, Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment, Iuav University of Venice, Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce 1957, 30135 Venice, Italy


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MENNA Clelia


Urban transformation processes in the port-city: the case of Valparaiso and the waterfront revitalization


The Port of Valparaiso is now witnessing an urban transformation period that could, in the long run, change the destiny of its waterfront. It is primarily devoted to trade and transport and a smaller part of it, albeit neglected and deteriorated, is used for recreation and leisure. The ensuing transformation debate is marked by divided opinions, contrasting interests and discord. The Port Company, Private Companies, Local Authorities, associations, academics and citizens are the stakeholders in this process. According to the Public Administration, the Main Project presented by Private Companies involves the whole coastline by increasing the dock area and adding two new terminals and a big shopping center. This project will change the present landscape and the historical and cultural identity of the Port-City. It will also decrease public space over the coast. The non-entity nature of Port Authority and an uncertain port legislation vanish the Public Administration’s control in negotiations. An alternative configuration project that would take the various interests and benefits is necessary in order to encourage urban revitalization, preserve the cultural and historical identity of the area and improve the local lifestyle. The paper explains the methodology and strategy to arrive at a new Master Plan for the area. Considering its critical issues, a prospective full-capacity implementation of Port-city is one which would take advantage of all methods possible to contribute to the full revitalization and re-conversion of the Valparaiso waterfront.



Chile; Valparaíso; Pacific Ocean; Port-city; Revitalization; Strategic view; Requalification



MENNA Clelia

Civil Architect and Urban designer, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Largo Angeloni 4, 00149 Roma, Italy


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