Round table 1: Are cultural facilities essential to the success of the port-city relationship?

Cultural facilities are now a real feature of port revitalisation projects. The ambition is to create cultural districts. Bilbao and the “Guggenheim” effect are still an inspiration to many stakeholders. Whether or not is an iconic or a heritage building, cultural facilities such as a lever action and a port-city integration deserve to be deeply examined.

How establishing cultural facilities has strengthened the ties between harbour and city life by the old Reykjavík harbour?

Vignir Albertsson, Planning Director, Icelandic Associated Ports, Reykjavik, Iceland

Maritime Culture: Challenge for sustainable development of the port of Veracruz

Dr. Virgilio Arenas Fuentes, Coordinator del Programa para la Cultura Marítima, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, México

The culture industry, a strategic value for the urban development of the port area of the city of Buenos Aires

Roberto Converti, Socio Director, Oficina Urbana SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Malaga: cultural projects, key to port-city integration

Carlos Lanzat, Arquitecto – Planificación Urbanística, Ayuntamiento de Málaga, España

Round table 2 : Enhancing the port city image: the port as an inspiration for architects

The role of architects in the port cities is singular. Harbor functions allowed a rich and original architectural expression actively involved in the identity of the city. These days, architects are invited by stakeholders to participate in the economic dynamics of the city and also to help redefine the relationship between the port and the citizens.

Marseille European Capital of Culture for 2013, the cultural component of an all-round City-Port project

Louis Laurent Dupont, Directeur des Etudes, Agence d’urbanisme de l’Agglomération Marseillaise, France

Designing a new Museum at the entrance of Piraeus Port: a cultural intervention in a heavy-duty commercial and passenger harbor

Antonopoulos Evangelos and Thalia Vetta, Architects, ARK2, Piraeus, Greece

The remains of the port: port memories in the new architectures on the waterfront

Marta Moretti, Board Member, River // Cities Platform Foundation,Venice, Italy

Round TABLE 3 : Port-city projects and challenges in Helsinki

The challenge in Helsinki city planning is the compact structure of the centre. Operating ports in the middle of activities , growing need of housing and growing figures in traffic, both sea and land. Port is willing to offer business opportunities to shipping companies as well as local players and tourism industry. Port is vital for the capital city and the whole country as both passenger and cargo services and connections are provided.

Developing port in the heart of the city

Kimmo Mäki, Managing Director Port of Helsinki, Finland

Introducing Major Urban Development Projects

Mikko Aho, Director of the Helsinki City Planning Department, Finland

Port of Helsinki – A Sea of Opportunities for Business

Marja-Leena Rinkineva, Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki, Finland

Jätkäsaari, housing development in the heart of the city

Timo Laitinen, Project Manager, The West Harbour Urban Development Project, City of Helsinki, Finland

Round table 4 : Citizens, partners of the port performance

Culture is an essential component in the economic development of a city. This is true even more likely in the ports that are inherently oriented more towards the outside world than towards citizens living in the neighboring towns. Working on the diffusion of port culture, revealing the daily activities on the quays, in warehouses and port industries, are also an opportunity to gradually build a community of citizens linked to the port concept. Through social networks and other new communication media, ad hoc or regular collaborations and by opening up meeting places, this civic community can be mobilised to enhance the competitiveness of the port.

Ashdod: Community Relations Strategy and the Establishment of the Visitors Center

Igal Ben Zikri, Vice President of Corporate Communication, Port of Ashdod, Israel

Building a Maritime Innovation Platform in the Oresund region: restoring maritime culture and esprit for our maritime future

Robert Jacobson, Atelier Tomorrow, Malmö, Sweden

The need of cultural change, creating Port Culture!

Håkan Fagerström, Director, Cargo Services, Tallink Silja Oy, Helsinki, Finland

Round table 5 : ISPS Code, restricted spaces…: how to create and manage cultural events in the port environment?

The water, the quays, the vast warehouses, the ships…, an active port has a strong appeal and a huge potential for hosting permanent or temporary cultural events, attracting residents and visitors and renewing the image of the city and the port. However, being able to optimise this potential requires adapting spaces, which is often restricted and subjected to security regulations. What is the best way to manage these parameters and open up an active port as a cultural and festival venue?

Valparaíso, a kind and safe port

Harald Jaeger Karl, Gerente General, Empresa Portuaria Valparaiso, Chile

From the transatlantic maritime station of Le Havre to “the Volcan Maritime”, national scene of Le Havre

Jean-François Driant, Directeur, Scène Nationale “Le Volcan”, Le Havre, France

The Tall Ships Races: why and how host port authorities cooperate?

Knut Western, Sail Training International, Gosport, United Kingdom