Industrial-commercial and tourist ports areas are spaces of difference, rich in potential opportunities but also in contradictions and conflicts. The conservation of their particular landscape is very important for the city/region development, founded on a new metabolism. Port areas will become new spaces where creativity can be practised. Creative and resilient solutions are to be identified at a strategic, planning, design and management level to implement sustainability. Architecture can play a specific role, improving landscape quality and thus producing new values. The paper discusses how and under what conditions port areas can become an opportunity for the whole city development. Effective evaluation processes are suggested at the level of strategic, implementation and management planning to be able to combine tangible (hard) and intangible (soft) values.
Keywords: port areas landscape, complex systems, innovative governance, sustainability, creativity, resilience, high quality architecture, architecture design, evaluation, creative cities, urban management, urban development, sustainable development