LoCa Studio Architects Barcelona



City-Port interfaces are administrative and physical limits on continuous process of conversion. Interests and power capacity emerge from both sides of the border on the definition of the fringe and the land transformation process towards new uses. The Port of Tarragona, among the five biggest Spanish ports by total cargo (Puertos del Estado, 2015) is in a comfortable market and administrative position. His surface, trading capacity and finance turnover provides the Port a privilege scenario to negotiate with its urban counterpart.


Different from Barcelona, the urban demand for taking possession of the waterfront do not represent an apparent risk for port operations in the interface. The absence of urban natural boundaries inland, the limited urban scale (Tarragona, 135.954 hab. in 2012) and the low urban density (2.316,60 hab/km2 in 2012) are relevant factors that could determine the low real estate prices along the city-port fringe (IDESCAT, 2012). Contrary to what could be expected, land prices within the Port of Tarragona urban part are not the higher within the maritime domains. Different from its biggest competitor, the Port of Barcelona, this fact is foreseen as the main cause to stand the historical urban waterfront plans.


This study aims to analyze the process of land conversions to urban uses along the Tarragona city-port interface through the study of land prices. By withstanding land values from administrative landscapes, market forces and dynamics emerge to emphasize hiding interests. Focusing on the recent period of port and urban growth (1982-2014) the sequence of land transformation will be evaluated. Significance is on finding the stage when land conversions take place, providing valuable information to urban and port boards about the management and improvement of declining, segregated urban areas and port inoperative zones. The goal is to improve their condition by enhancing common trust and collaboration among the multiple stakeholders involved.

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in International Conference on Regional Science​

Location: Tarragona, Spain

Year: 2015

Authors: Daniel Lorenzo ,Josep-Maria Arauzo Carod, Ernest Ferrè

Department:  Unitat Predepartamental d’Arquitectura

CREIP-QURE, Department of Economics

University​:  Universitat Rovira i Virgili

LoCa Studio Architects Barcelona
LoCa Studio Architects Barcelona