A morphological study on the spatial configuration of Port-City Interface: a case in Kaohsiung

  • 芝毓 陳

學生論文: Master's Thesis


Port cities stand out from inland cities for their distinct development process i.e. the double influence of global shipping technologies and inland transportation, bringing to the separation of the port and the city and the forming of „Port-City Interface“. Recently, port cities sought large-scale waterfront renewal as treatment for upgrading urban spaces. Kaohsiung, as one of the largest port cities in Taiwan and regional economic center, is facing similar redevelopment forces. Accordingly, the research aims to deconstruct the macro spatial composition of Kaohsiung and the Port-City Interface in the meso scale in order to reveal the influence of port-city evolution on physical environments.
Based on the theories of port-city evolutions and Urban Morphology, Plan Analysis combined with spatial metrics and clustering is adopted to quantify the ground plan of Kaohsiung in grid cells. Results show that Kaohsiung has been through six phases of different port-city relationships, resulting in the containerized port in the southern coast and a large main core and several subcores forming the inland multi-nucleus structure. In between lies the Port-City Interface as the transition area. In macro scale, it consists of the old towns, industrial areas, parts of the inner fringe belt, and large un-built land. In meso scale, it is made up of eleven dwelling groups, one transport and six port-industrial areas, and six large vacant areas, which are closely related to the six development phases. The research may serve as the basis for reviewing the spatial structure and land use regulations in Kaohsiung.
監督員Chih-Hung Chen (Supervisor)