Synthesis AIVP Days Helsinki ; « Culture and competitiveness of port cities »
Announcing the creation of cultural infrastructure in port spaces which are still active, or in the process of conversion, often provokes arguments and disagreements. Are cultural installations essential to the success of the port-city relationship?
Disputes are even more open in a context of local or national economic crisis. Investing so heavily in this type of infrastructure appears risky to many, and at all events not a high priority. The feedback from the latest AIVP Meeting shows that in the long term this kind of bet on the future does pay. It has a positive impact on the quality of life, turning these sites into attractions which draw thousands of visitors, and places where people want to live. They also strengthen relations and cooperation between the parties involved. […]