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

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This important event is an unique opportunity for Marseille to develop the facilities that were needed, but also to define a cultural project that gave meaning to its rich history and its future as a city port, with a long term vision; the organization of this project at the metropolitan level has helped federate the Port of Marseille-Fos as a functional territory.
Representations of the past and perspectives for the future given by this event are part of a geopolitical strategy which aims to place Marseille in a central role in the relationships between Europe and the Mediterranean. The future of Marseille’s port depends on the development of the countries around the Mediterranean, as much from an economic as from a social and democratic perspective, and on the exchange and cooperation between them.
This strategy combines at the same time growth and development of Mediterranean traffic, intercultural dialogue and multiculturalism, north-south co-development. The cultural component makes the link between city and port, in spaces organized and designed symbolically and functionally especially in relation to the landmarks of the city port and in harmony with the port’s activities. Projects for new facilities and development of the city-port interface have been designed around the identity of these spaces, to express the strategy of the city port. This urban and architectural design generates innovative and original projects, and is not simply reproducing standard projects seen internationally. The presentation will attempt to explain briefly how certain facilities and major events contribute to this City-port strategy.

Louis-Laurent DUPONT, 25 ans d’expérience au service des villes portuaires
Ingénieur et urbaniste de formation, Louis-Laurent Dupont a débuté sa carrière professionnelle par 10 années d’étude de projets économiques et portuaires (aménagements et tarification portuaire au Cameroun notamment). Responsable du développement économique de l’agence d’urbanisme de la région havraise, il a conduit durant 10 autres années plusieurs travaux et démarches sur l’aménagement des interfaces Ville-Port et l’inscription du port dans son environnement urbain, économique et naturel de l’estuaire de la Seine. Actuellement directeur adjoint de l’agence d’urbanisme de l’agglomération marseillaise, il coordonne ses 60 chargés d’étude sur l’ensemble des projets de développement et d’aménagement de la métropole portuaire, avec une attention particulière portée aux dynamiques Ville-Port. Comme animateur du club Maritime de la Fédération Nationale des Agences d’Urbanisme, il a coordonné la réalisation de 2 publications, sur l’emploi portuaire et les innovations Ville-Port.

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