Urbani izziv Volume 30, No. 1, June 2019
Odesa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Department of Town Planning, Odesa, Ukraine
Degradation or regeneration?
Prospects for developing the port-city interface in
Seeking an optimum sustainable development strategy is
a core objective of municipalities and innovative urban
planners around the world. Various viewpoints and interests
regarding the interface between ports and cities
and the resulting extensive waterfront regeneration in
principal seaports render spatial planning projects of this
type complex to complete and obtain agreement on. For
a modern city, port development is a principal source of
influences and benefits related to ecology, society, and
transportation. Currently, the world’s largest seaports are
moving cargo terminals out of historical city centres. As
a result, ports are assuming more advanced functions unrelated
to the maritime industry, and thus projects that
equitably share port territories will naturally gain momentum.
The most significant projects for moving cargo
ports out of historical town centres and regenerating port
areas are found in European cities. To understand the
various approaches, examples from European regeneration
projects for port territories in Bilbao, Barcelona, and
Oslo are presented, and their experience with various geographical and town-planning conditions is highlighted.
This study is devoted to the Ukrainian port city of Odesa.
It identifies the most successful strategy for developing
the port-city interface under current economic and geopolitical
conditions. It combines the ideas and studies
of city planners in management, economics, and transport
geography along with various policies and sociology
aspects to provide new information and understanding
aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of coastal
cities in developing countries.
urban regeneration, port-city interface, waterfront regeneration projects, Odesa seaport, Ukraine