1st Edition

Waterfronts Revisited
European ports in a historic and global perspective

ISBN 9781138595095
Published June 28, 2018 by Routledge
266 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Waterfronts Revisited addresses the historical evolution of the relationship between port and city and re-examines waterfront development by looking at the urban territory and historical city in their complexity and entirety.

By identifying guiding values, urban patterns and typologies, and local needs and experiences, cities can break the isolation of the harbor by reconnecting it to the urban structure; its functions, spaces and forms. Using the UNESCO recommendation for the "Historic Urban Landscape" as the guiding concept and a tool for managing urban preservation and change, this collection of essays illustrates solutions to issues of globalisation, commercialization of space and commoditisation of culture in waterfront development. Through sixteen selected case studies, Editors Heleni Porfyriou and Marichela Sepe offer planners and urban designers a broad spectrum of alternative solutions to waterfront regeneration interventions and redevelopments, addressing sustainability, regional cultural diversity, and the debate between conservation and transformation.

Table of Contents


Heleni Porfyriou, Marichela Sepe, Port cities and waterfront developments. From the re-actualisation of history to a new city image



Part I: Port Cities in History

1. Donatella Calabi, Early modern port cities: harbouring ships and residential settlement

2. Dimitris Kontogeorgis, Romanian Danubian and Black Sea ports during the 19th century. Between tradition and modernization.



Part II: The Transformations of Historic Ports in Eastern Mediterranean Cities

3. Vilma Hastaoglou-Martinides, The historic harbours of Eastern Mediterranean Cities; the challenges of enhancement


4. Hicran Topçu, The transformation process of the Galata port in Istanbul’s history. Reflections on the impacts of the ‘Galataport project’

5. Cristina Pallini, Alexandria’s waterfronts. Form, identity and architecture of a port-city


Part III: Waterfronts Revisited. Regeneration, Redevelopments and the Historic Urban Landscape

SECTION I Local stories and the impact of a global model

6. Steve Ward, Internationalising port regeneration: models and emulators

7. John Pendlebury, The Historic Urban Landscape of the Liverpool waterfront: the Three Graces in a new perspective

8. Francesco Gastaldi, Genova a success story!

9. Rosario Pavia, The difficulties faced by waterfront rehabilitation projects in Italy

10. Michelangelo Savino, Messina’s waterfront regeneration: what a chance to reinvent the city!

11. Marcela Pizzi Kirschbaum, Valparaiso, port, railway and industry; a cultural landscape which generated modernity in need of preservation

12. Chen Yu, Regenerating urban waterfronts in China: the rebirth of the Shanghai Bund

13. Jinnai Hidenobu, The landscape of Tokyo as a city on the water - past and present


SECTION II New redevelopment strategies

14. Dirk Schubert, The transformation of North-western European urban waterfronts - divergence and convergence of redevelopment strategies

15. Oriana Giovinazzi, The internationalization of the Marseilles waterfront. An integrated approach

16. Carola Hein, Felicitas Hillmann, The Missing Link: Redevelopment of the Urban Waterfront as a Function of Cruise Ship Tourism





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Heleni Porfyriou is Senior Researcher in charge of the Rome Unit of the Institute for the Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage of the National Research Council of Italy—CNR. She has taught and published extensively on urban and town planning history in Italy and the Nordic countries. Her current research interests concern urban conservation, enhancement and management of historic cities in Europe and China.

Marichela Sepe is a researcher with the IRISS of the CNR of Naples. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Research Doctorate Committee and a Contract Professor for the DiARC, University of Naples Federico II. Her research interests include the contemporary urban landscape, urban design, territorial and environmental planning, and creative urban regeneration. On these topics, she has published several scientific articles and books and won awards. Sepe is on the Steering Committee of INU and EURA, and a member of the UDG.