Global Harbor Cities Forum
The harbor has been the meeting grounds of the city and the sea ever since the beginning of the Age of Exploration. Development of harbors began when urbanization and civilization looked to open up the barriers presented by the sea. Cities equipped with harbors thus became important in the writing of history and the various connections all over the world. Cities exist for the people that live in them. Similarly, harbors flourish because of the trade that flows between cities. Cities and harbors have influenced one another due to economic activity and changes in the environment. Now, they require the people to deal with seemingly intractable problems such as pollution, management, energy, disasters, public health, and disease prevention. As a result, the separation of harbors from cities has deepened.
Nevertheless, harbors constitute a part of their cities, which is to say: the barriers separating harbors from cities are not natural but manmade. In recent years, developments in technology and changes to harbor city governance, along with smart technology, green initiatives, and environmental protection, have made possible a solution for the transformation of harbors and the advancement of cities. The ideal relationship between a city and its harbor, that “The city supports the harbor, the harbor allows the city to flourish,” has re-emerged as the barrier between the city and its harbor has toppled, as operation concepts and governance systems have been rebuilt and improved the functionality of harbors, as shores have been refurbished and allowed cities to flourish, and as we as have embraced environmental sustainability.
當城市文明邁向海洋的那一刻起，等同宣告了港灣發展的開端。 城市因人民生活而存在，港灣因城市交流而興盛，港灣做為都市空間的一部分，港市間的藩籬向來都是人為而非自然所形成，當港灣的人貨流動功能遭遇瓶頸，港市的隔閡益形深化，「以市輔港、以港興城」的理想也漸行漸遠，所幸近年在全球倡議綠色環保，以及城市自主意識崛起的浪潮下，新興智慧科技的運用為港灣城市的轉型與進化提供了可能的解方，「2018全球港灣城市論壇」的主題「Here and Beyond 眼界港灣新未來」，邀您審度當下並與來自全世界的貴賓，共同眺望明日港灣城市的無限可能。