Next economy in the areas in between city and port. Rotterdam case-study: resilient spaces for a contemporary urban port

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Since 1960, global pressures and functional needs pushed the ports to move away from the city. The technological revolution of maritime transport, the container traffic and the relocation of port activities outside urban centers, have radically transformed the relationship between city and port. However, the contemporary debate comes back on some unresolved issues and pushes forward to the possibility and necessity to use these areas in a different way, experimenting new hybridisms and creative processes, as a first step towards sustainable development of ports and port cities.
This paper asks the following question: how does the process related to new port functions located at the edge of the city and the regeneration of the historic port, rewrite the relation between city and port? City and port need a paradigm shift. There is the need to establish new relationships between the large-scale of the infrastructure and future urban development dynamics. Next economy means an urban, local and green economy. It is a new economic paradigm. It represents a transition from a stable to a flexible economy. These areas, today, are living this transition and they need a new economy that means, a starting point for a new way of thinking. The example of Rotterdam highlights the great potential of some areas and their ability to create new economies, re-stablishing a connection with the local identity. Port Authority, Municipality and University are working together with the aim to improve the quality of those spaces, convinced that this can be an added value for both, city and port.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtti della XIX Conferenza nazionale SIU, Cambiamenti. Responsabilita e strumenti per lúrbanistica el servizio del paese
Subtitle of host publicationWorkshop 2. Economia circolare e nuove forme produttive
Place of PublicationRome, Italy
PublisherPlanum Publishers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9788899237080
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventXIX Conferenza Nazionale SIU - Cambiamenti Conference - Universita di Catania, Catania, Italy
Duration: 16 Jun 201618 Jun 2016


ConferenceXIX Conferenza Nazionale SIU - Cambiamenti Conference


  • Waterfronts
  • Resilience
  • Harbours
  • Sustainability


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