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Urbanistica Cover n.131/2006

The port as a park

urban planning, pianificazione urbana, port, waterfront,
pianificazione portuale, porti, portual planning,
plans & policies

The demand from coastal cities to regenerate their relationship with port areas and the sea, and the difficult process of waterfront recuperation induce and introduce into the complex discussion on the modes of interaction between ports and cities, a new operative notion: the port as a park. Not a homogenous theme park where the international style of the marina and waterfront transform the local reality into no-place on the global circuit, but rather a park that is public property, a resource which is open for the community to appreciate, for the ‘pleasure of the people’.

This article appears in issue 131 of Urbanistica (pag. 22).