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European Sustainable Urbanisation through port city Regeneration - Targeted Analysis Final Report

  • Autori: Xavier Le Den; Samy Porteron; Elisa Colaiacomo; Henning Thomsen; Maurizio Carta; Daniele Ronsivalle; Barbara Lino; Niamh Moore-Cherry; Aoife Delaney; Eoin O’Mahony; Cian O'Callaghan
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2020
  • Tipologia: Monografia
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ENSURE (European Sustainable Urbanisation through port city Regeneration) is a targeted analysis aimed at providing better insights into the potential regional impacts of port city regeneration and a better understanding of the appropriate methods and tools. The research involved a comprehensive literature review, a pan-European desktop analysis of port city regeneration in small and medium-sized cities and in-depth case studies in four stakeholder cities, as well as a series of workshops and conferences. The research shows that a main driver for the development of ports in Europe was the industrial revolution and the continued industrial growth until the mid-20th century. Similarly, a retreat from the waterfront became evident during the last part of the century as the deindustrialisation gathered pace, driven by increased global competition, spatial relocation of industry, and technological changes in both industry and transport. Another key aspect was the collapse of socialism in eastern Europe. Many cities in this part of Europe had active ports that became militarised during the Soviet era and later de-militarised as these states transitioned to a new political-economic structure. The desktop research indicated that about a third of small and medium-sized European port cities (48 of 144) show no evidence of regeneration. Some of these cities may be thriving and have no need for regeneration, but there is likely to be a significant latent potential across the European territory.