Dock infos N°82, october 2012
Editorial : Rendez vous in Barcelona
A few months ago, coming to Saint-Nazaire for the 13th World conference of Cities and Ports of our Association, I discovered an industrial port city proud of its past and whose choices of development, urban, economic or cultural, reveal a shared vision of the future. Barcelona is, like Saint-Nazaire, a port city very concerned about the new global challenges, economic, environmental, climate, social… In 1989, we held there the second World Conference of AIVP when the first buildings of Port Vell had only just emerged from the ground in response to what was then called “the port wastelands”. Today, if the success of our initiative cannot be denied and contributed in profoundly transforming the image of the city, we have to go further and thus “build the city with the port” in order to implement new economic but also tourist, urban and social strategies. We have decided to engage down this path by mobilising all energies and I very warmly invite you to come on 13 and 14 December to the AIVP Days seminar in Barcelona to discuss with us the topic of “Transforming Ports, Changing Cities”.
City of Barcelona, Spain