We collaborated with Delta Atelier on a journey of dialogue, exploration and knowledge sharing around the challenge of Circular (City) Ports. Discover this journey supported by various working sessions, debates, research and exhibitions in the context of the ‘cultural space’ created by the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and its Brussels component You Are Here. While some of the suggested actions were temporary, others have become permanent and tangible.
About the Delta Atelier
The Delta Atelier manifested itself in many meetings, conversations, work sessions, brainstorms, debates, work notes, research, designs, conferences and exhibitions. The results are many and diverse: acceleration programs in the Netherlands and Belgium, spin-offs and new cross-border collaborations (AWB, 2021).
The Delta Atelier was supported by the Ministry of the Interior in Flanders and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands.
Circular (City) Ports in the Delta
Both in the exploration Lage Landen 2020-2100 (Low Lands 2020-2100. A foresight) and in the context of the IABR-2018+2020-THE MISSING LINK and You Are Here (YAH) ports and the circular economy were a recurring focus and priority.
The Circular Ports of the Delta was a theme of the Delta Atelier Working Conference (mid-2018), where four trajectories were set out, focusing on the four scales at which circular ports operate: the company, the (city) port (city-port interface), the port region (regional scope of the port) and the Delta region (circular mainframe).
The Circular (City) Port scale was initiated by Circular Flanders as a community of practice, together with the Dutch and Belgian port authorities, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, the relevant port cities, public officers and port experts. The exploratory process (Oct 2018 – Apr 2021) was about the future transformation of (city) ports, in which circularity will play an important role.
We are in the middle of something
In the transition to a circular economy and cities, our ports are key. Today, the Delta’s ports are still largely logistics transit ports, importing finished goods and materials from distant countries for distribution across the continent. With the transition to a circular economy and the re-shoring of production to our cities and region, ports will take on a new function: as energy producers and distributors, material banks, recycling yards, innovative industrial port clusters or as the base of new maritime economies.
Source: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and Architecture Workroom Brussels, for Delta Atelier
A deep dive into the challenges
Take your time for a journey through the various challenges, bottlenecks and boundaries that parties face in becoming first movers in the circular economy. The story is told through the eyes of officials, experts and entrepreneurs working on circularity in port environments. The story is embedded in our 12 selected insights, interwoven with eye-opening interviews and statements.
Partner at AWB
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