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Understanding the fuzzy port city complex: an actor-relational approach of the port city of Ghent

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How do we define port and city? This question is not easy to answer and in fact reveals a bigger spatial planning debate. Recently, the OECD called to re-establish the relations between port and city to achieve a more resilient and competitive port city complex. However, we will argue that before these re-establishments can be achieved, there has to be a theoretical rethinking of the definition of port and city. At this moment, still most researchers use the structuralist paradigm of the 1960s. Consequently, they neglect the context of every unique port city. Moreover, the legacy of the structuralist paradigm has enforced the separation of the economic, social and institutional port city interface. By focussing on the industrial port city of Ghent, which has an unique profile in the ARA region, we will show that it is necessary to understand how the main actors are embedded on different levels. Understanding this will help spatial policy to preserve the uniqueness of every port city.
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Planning policy, Port City, Planning theory

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Van den Berghe, Karel. “Understanding the Fuzzy Port City Complex: An Actor-relational Approach of the Port City of Ghent.” AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings. Prague: AESOP, 2015. Print.
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Van den Berghe, Karel. (2015). Understanding the fuzzy port city complex: an actor-relational approach of the port city of Ghent. AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings. Presented at the AESOP Conference 2015, Prague: AESOP.
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Van den Berghe, Karel. 2015. “Understanding the Fuzzy Port City Complex: An Actor-relational Approach of the Port City of Ghent.” In AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings. Prague: AESOP.
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Van den Berghe, Karel. 2015. “Understanding the Fuzzy Port City Complex: An Actor-relational Approach of the Port City of Ghent.” In AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings. Prague: AESOP.
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Van den Berghe K. Understanding the fuzzy port city complex: an actor-relational approach of the port city of Ghent. AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings. Prague: AESOP; 2015.
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K. Van den Berghe, “Understanding the fuzzy port city complex: an actor-relational approach of the port city of Ghent,” in AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings, Prague, 2015.
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  abstract     = {How do we define port and city? This question is not easy to answer and in fact reveals a bigger spatial planning debate. Recently, the OECD called to re-establish the relations between port and city to achieve a more resilient and competitive port city complex. However, we will argue that before these re-establishments can be achieved, there has to be a theoretical rethinking of the definition of port and city. At this moment, still most researchers use the structuralist paradigm of the 1960s. Consequently, they neglect the context of every unique port city. Moreover, the legacy of the structuralist paradigm has enforced the separation of the economic, social and institutional port city interface. By focussing on the industrial port city of Ghent, which has an unique profile in the ARA region, we will show that it is necessary to understand how the main actors are embedded on different levels. Understanding this will help spatial policy to preserve the uniqueness of every port city.},
  author       = {Van den Berghe, Karel},
  booktitle    = {AESOP Conference 2015, Proceedings},
  keywords     = {Planning policy,Port City,Planning theory},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Prague},
  publisher    = {AESOP},
  title        = {Understanding the fuzzy port city complex: an actor-relational approach of the port city of Ghent},
  year         = {2015},
}