In the coming months there will be several congresses and workshops focused on the port-city relationship and waterfront regeneration. In previous posts we already talked about the 16th World Conference Cities and Ports. Now we know which academics and professionals will be the rapporteurs leading the debate on the next generation of port cities. From the academia, Prof. Carola Hein (TU Delft), Prof. Peter Hall (SFU Vancouver) or Prof. Tom Daamen (TU Delft) among others, will provide inputs from a multidisciplinary perspective. Flavio Tejada (ARUP – IE Univ.) and Isabelle Vries (Stadshavens Rotterdam) will share their expertise as leaders of redevelopment operations. Finally, representatives from the port sector will also provide another crucial perspective on port cities, from the port/industry side, for example Tiziana Murgia from the italian Assoporti, or Jacques Paquin, from Trois-Riviere Port in Quebec.
The goal of the congress is quite ambitious, since this year the AIVP celebrates its 30th anniversary, presenting the opportunity to asses the evaluation of port-city policies. At the same time, 2017 was the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Brundtland Report that presented the based on which most research and governance initiatives on Sustainable Development (SD) have been based on. The AIVP conferences is an excellent opportunity to understand how can port cities contribute to SD and can we develop sustainable port-city relationships. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a base on which scholars and practitioners will work on and discuss, updating the Charter for Sustainable Development of Port Cities presented in the AIVP World Conference from Sydney 2006.
Special Waterfront Session during the 25th APDR Congress
Besides the AIVP congress, there are other academic events that are worth participating. In Lisbon, during the 25th Congress of the Portuguese Association for Regional Development (APDR), Dr. André Fernandes is chairing a special session dedicated to waterfronts titled: “Waterfront Redevelopment Processes: New Issues and Challenges“. It will be a great opportunity to discuss issues such as climate change and port cities, the issue of identity and cultural heritage and governance models. Besides the international discussion, it is also interesting to meet Portuguese colleagues, such as Prof. João Figueira de Sousa and Prof. João Pedro Costa, besides André Fernandes, that have researched the port-city relationship, and are experts on the Portuguese context specially the case of Lisbon, today so often discussed. The conference will take place in Lisbon, during the 5th and 6th of July, and the abstract submission deadline is the 6th May.
Workshop in Naples “Cities from the Sea, City-port System and the Waterfront as Common”
During spring time, another opportunity to discuss the port-city relation will be in Naples, the 4th International Workshop “Cities from the Sea, City-port System and the Waterfront as Common“, chaired by Prof. Massimo Clementi. This workshop, is destined to participants from different disciplines as architects, planners, psychologist,students, who are concerned with port-cit-sea relationship. The event will take place in April 16-21. The new deadline for the application is March 21st, and the fee is 100€. PhD researchers, architects and community psychologists will be guiding the work groups, bridging theory and practice. Naples is a complex port-city, with a cultural historical palimpsest and a topography characterized by the Mount Vesuvious. The port plays an important role in the city’s economy, and hosts all possible sectors, from cruises to shipyards, including different cargo terminals. The students will work on three specific areas, proposing new scenarios based on sustainable development.
PhD Symposium Interfaces in the Built Environment. Bridging Technology and Culture in the Baltic Sea Region
In April 16, will take place the PhD Symposium “Interfaces in the Built Environment.
Bridging Technology and Culture in the Baltic Sea Region“. The event will be hosted in the Hafencity University in Hamburg, chaired by Prof. Annette Bögle, and continues the work developed for the Balttic International Summer School (BISS), providing a multidisciplinary approach on urban development problems. The symposium is free of charge, and although it is limited to 25 participants, it will be interesting to share different approaches to common urban problems. Colleagues from the HCU, such as Elida Ríos, will present their current research on waterfront public spaces. The scientific committee is formed by professors from Baltic port cities such as Gdansk or Helsinki. As we have discussed several times during the research, north European countries follow the Hanseatic port governance model, in which the municipality has a stronger and more direct connection with the port authority. The symposium could be an opportunity to do discuss differences between north and south, but also between east and west, since the former soviet countries have key historical differences with the German or Danish scenarios, possibly visible in port cities.