Land in Limbo: Understanding Planning Agencies and Spatial Development at the Interface of the Port and City of Naples

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    Numerous actors have been involved in the planning of the port and city of Naples; actors who have different ideas and goals, different tools, and
    even time-frames. The European Union, the Italian nation, the Campania Region, the Municipality of Naples, and the Port Authority act upon the
    port at different levels of planning. Each entity has different spatialities and temporalities. Their diverse goals have led port and city to develop into
    separate entities, from a spatial, functional as well as administrative point of view. The different scopes of their planning are particularly visible in
    the zone between port and city.
    Using and challenging the theory of path dependency, this paper explores the diverging ways in which a range of different institutions have
    planned for port and city starting from nineteenth century until today. It studies how the introduction of different institutions and their evolution
    has influenced plan making over time. The case of Naples shows the challenges that arise from the palimpsest of plans and goals associated with
    port and city, and that are particularly visible in the port-city interface in Naples.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHistory Urbanism Resilience
    Subtitle of host publicationChange and Responsive Planning
    EditorsCarola Hein
    PublisherDelft University of Technology
    ISBN (Print)978-94-92516-01-5
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2016
    Event17th IPHS Conference History-Urbanism-Resilience - Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 17 Jul 201621 Jul 2016

    Publication series

    NameInternational Planning History Society Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)2468-6948
    ISSN (Electronic)2468-6956


    Conference17th IPHS Conference History-Urbanism-Resilience
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