A wolrd conference on Next Generation port city and new human aspirations is organized for the AIVP 30th anniversary, in Montreal, Canada.
New links between cities, port and their partners were highlighted during the debate themed "crossovers", in Rotterdam, 2016. The AIVP is offering to imagine a next generation port city to enhance these links, even more needed now that the port city is at the center of products, data or people's flow in mondial exchanges. The challenges to make it better are great.
The AIVP wants to put human aspirations at the center of the debates, so the citizen can fully become actors of the city / port ecosystem, to add to the port city more collective intelligence, more flexibility, more innovation, more bonds, more transparency, more transversality, more planet respect, more good living....
For the AIVP 30th year anniversary, delegates born in 1988 will benefit from free registration, and younger than 30 from a preferential fee.
Several topics were discussed during this conference. The new challenges port cities will be facing in the future have been theorized, and examples of actions to build the next-generation port city have been explained by many port officials from all over the world (Italy, Cameroon, France, United States of America or Argentina ...). Round tables to discuss the results of surveys on citizens about the port city of the future were also organized. These different medias provided a clear explanation of the issues and opportunities for ports, as well as a rich debate with all participants.
It shows that ports are useful to cities, bringing economic, social and ecological value. However, for most citizens the ports are not linked with the life of the city: it is important to better integrate the port to urban life, with a different method for each city.
The cities must face future challenges, particularly due to climate change: rising water levels and the disruption of temperatures, as well as melting ice, which uncovers new transpolar shipping routes, will lead to increased tsunami risks, a change in maritime traffic as well as commercial wars.
Citizens, as for them, want ports that can face the environmental and logistical challenges, as well as spaces that can be reappropriated to connect with the city (public and recreational places).
For this, it is necessary to integrate the citizens to the port life, but also to master the new tools of communication, so that the inhabitants can understand the port value. It is also important to create a port city network.