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Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 4024-4056; doi:10.3390/su5094024

Locally Based Development—Tools for Identifying Opportunities and Evaluating Port Area Strategies of Rijeka

Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Rijeka, Radmile Matejčić 3, Rijeka 51000, Croatia
Received: 6 September 2013 / Accepted: 10 September 2013 / Published: 23 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cities and Waterfront Infrastructure)
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Cities are traditionally considered as centers of prosperity, but after a long process of deindustrialization, the classical opportunities presented by cities as administrative, production, financial and cultural hot spots can no longer be taken for granted without questioning the present organizational and spatial models. After an introduction to the decision-aid tools and processes needed to orient development in a sustainable way, the paper describes the characteristics and an application of the decision-aid tool created for analysis, diagnosis and evaluation of opportunities. The proposal briefly considers the reconnection of the city with its region, urban renewal, creative and productive activities, necessary support institutions, contemporary sustainable economic approaches and infrastructure. This approach is illustrated on the case of the incubator proposal for the City of Rijeka, Croatia, once an important port and industrial city with a long history. The technological modifications in the functioning of the port and abandoning of industrial production in the proximity, but also geological formation and prevalent building typologies, make the case exemplary of the problems faced in contemporary cities. The paper proposes a process and tools for analysis and evaluation and indicators for the sustainability of the proposal.
Keywords: sustainability; renewal; decision-aid tools; analysis tools; monitoring tools sustainability; renewal; decision-aid tools; analysis tools; monitoring tools
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