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
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
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
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.
Kimmo Mäki, Managing Director Port of Helsinki, Finland
Mikko Aho, Director of the Helsinki City Planning Department, Finland
Marja-Leena Rinkineva, Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki, Finland
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.
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
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?
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
Knut Western, Sail Training International, Gosport, United Kingdom