Ports and cities face global urgencies, including climate change, sea water level rise, migration, and the energy transition, and local urgencies, such as education and job creation. Many spatial issues intertwine the two scales. How can stakeholders garner broad support for recognizing individual and shared problems, generating solutions, and experimenting with new ways of working?
Mapping ambitions from all stakeholders within a port city region will unveil both conflicting and supporting objectives and motivation. Understanding each other’s contexts, concerns, and hopes, and finding the interdependencies between parties is crucial for developing a future in which city and port remain fruitfully connected.
Port specific research and development affects the city on spatial, cultural, and social levels. A collaborative approach is needed to acknowledges this reality and to facilitate mutual benefits.
Experiences and expertise developed by spatial design researchers and planners in each port-city domain can be shared across port cities around the world through multinational, multidisciplinary exchanges among relevant stakeholders, including academics, port authorities, city governments, and citizens.
Technologies developed for specific port or city related challenges – IoT, sensoring, truck platooning – may very well be applicable to the urban and regional context. Exchange of knowledge and technology may improve efficiency and connectedness.
Planning and Design Alliances
Collaborative design and planning processes include various stakeholder’s ambitions and needs, and result in mutual beneficial proposals and results.