ESPON Targeted Analysis Partner Search Smaller Port Cities
Cork City Council would like to submit a proposal under the targeted analysis call.
The proposal focuses on collecting information which would help smaller port cities to kick start their regeneration process.
Many ports have or are in the process of moving out of their cities thanks to the effects of the rapid development of containerisation, globalisation and the move from the industrialised economy towards a more knowledge based economy. Port cities across Europe are trying to deal with the vast challenges and opportunities presented to them by large areas of post industrial brownfield land within their city docklands.
Increasingly cities and municipalities are the level of government in Europe tasked with facilitating and enabling regeneration and for formulating the means for funding it. Government grants can only meet a small part of total needs for infrastructure and services. This is a challenge for all cities but more particularly for smaller cities that do not operate on the same level in terms of resources, capacity or critical mass when it comes to accessing and developing knowledge and finances on this respect.
Currently no unified repository exists, to provide municipalities with a better representation and understanding of the frameworks, methods, tools, and instruments which can enable, inspire and implement port city regeneration. Crucially this type of data repository would provide a valuable resource to enable planning practitioners to make the vital connection between theory and implementation and to embed this in future development plans, strategies and discourse.