Port City Futures started as an initiative of the LDE Centre for Metropolis and Mainport. The group focused on the evolving spatial use and design of port city regions over time, in particular addressing when port and city activities occur in the same places and sometimes conflict. The Port City Futures concept was presented at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2018. It has been discussed through a value deliberation process and explored with international and local participants during a major conference 17-19 December 2018.

Port City Futures employs interdisciplinary methods and long-term perspectives to connect political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of spatial use. It explores how the flows of goods and people generated by port activities intersect with the dynamics of the natural territory, hydraulic engineering, spatial planning, urban design, architecture, and heritage. It examines the spatial impact of competing interests among port-related and urban spatial development needs and timelines, proposes possible scenarios, and examines the impacts of these futures.

The concept has been selected in 2019 as foundation for development as a 4-year research program.


Funder:LDE Metropolis and Mainport
Overall budget:€ 100.000
Role TU Delft: Project partner
Project duration:January 2017 - December 2018
TU Delft researchers:                Prof.dr.ing. Carola Hein
Dr. Tino Mager

Project partners

Erasmus University, Leiden University


Prof.dr.ing. Carola Hein