Co-organized with the School of Architecture of Seville

July 11, 2024.- The seminar “Port Cities: Integrative Urbanism” addresses, yesterday and today at the La Rábida campus (Palos de la Frontera, Huelva) of the International University of Andalusia (UNIA), an analysis of the interaction between ports and cities and the quality of life in their territorial, economic, social, and cultural environments.

Framed within the UNIA Summer Courses 2024, this event, organized by the School of Architecture of Seville and RETE (Association for Collaboration between Ports and Cities), brings together prominent academics and experts in the field.

“It is particularly positive that the UNIA has included RETE in these courses, as our collaboration provides a comprehensive and specialized view of the relationship between ports and cities. The presence of RETE, which encompasses ports from Spain, Europe, and Latin America, enriches the debate and analysis on integrative urbanism, allowing for a more effective approach to the challenges and opportunities of port cities in a global context,” stated Teófila Martínez, president of RETE, present at the seminar.

Over these two days, examples such as the Port of Seville, which is defining a new port district, and the Port of Huelva, which seeks to open its industrial area to new uses integrated with the city, are studied.

The vice president of RETE and the Port Authority of Seville, Rafael Carmona, emphasized “the importance of good practices in the interaction between infrastructures and the natural landscape, highlighting the need to balance transport efficiency with respect for natural heritage and territorial regeneration.”

The seminar, directed by academics from the University of Seville, Francisco Javier Terrados Cepeda and Ramón Pico Valimaña, focuses on the development of integrative urbanism that allows a harmonious coexistence between port activities and urban life, promoting sustainability and local economic development.