Port City Atlas: Mapping European Port City Territories: From Understanding to Design

C.M. Hein, Yvonne van Mil, Lucija Ažman Momirski

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The Atlas was created within the LDE PortCityFutures research group and the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft. It is part of the series on the Urbanization of the Sea, and the kick-off of a sub-series on Mapping Port Cities
> An analytical study on the complexity of port cities in Europe

A multitude of port cities dots Europe’s coastline, all serving the purpose of facilitating maritime transportation. Over millennia, public and private leaders have built harbours, urban spaces and infrastructures in diverse territories to serve hinterlands, including landlocked capital cities and metropolitan areas. As nodes on the edge of water and land, port city territories embody knowledge on maritime flows and water conditions. At a time of climate change, they can be paradigms and stewards of sustainable development.

Taking a comprehensive, mapping based approach, Port City Atlas visualizes 100 port city territories located on four seas and connected through shared waters. It provides a foundation for comparative analysis beyond case study approaches that are often locked into national contexts, select languages or disciplinary approaches. Conceived as a work of reference, the book makes the case for a sea-based approach to the understanding and design of Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Publishernai010 publishers
Number of pages323
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6208-761-3
ISBN (Print)978-94-6208-742-2
Publication statusPublished - 2023


This publication was made possible by financial support from: Dutch Research Council NWO (grant number 36.201.055), Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning TU Delft, TU Delft Central Library, LDE PortCityFutures Centre, Universityof Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture and Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation


  • atlas
  • ports
  • gateways
  • Europe
  • maps
  • mapping


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