Guangzhou (China): a warehouse district becomes a Creative Zone

The architects at Atelier cn°S focused first on redeveloping the public spaces between these industrial buildings and on the riverside. Some of the buildings were allocated for commercial use, but the identity of two of them, with their red-brick frontages, was largely preserved. A “Cultural creativity” office was set up, while street art and the creation of recreational spaces have also helped to give the district a very new feel.

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Valencia (Spain): rethinking public spaces for and with the citizen

Valencia Marina was recently the venue for Placemaking Week Europe 2019. This festival was inspired by the Project For Public Spaces movement which originated in the United States. The idea is to put the users of these public spaces back at the heart of reflection in order to co-construct with them attractive spaces where people can enjoy walking, meeting and relaxing. The success of the Marina and the way the population and visitors made it their own is a good example. And the “Marina de Valencia” has just  launched a competition for ideas to redefine, with the citizens, Tinglado 2 and public spaces. Closing date: 02 September

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Port Elisabeth (South Africa): Port Manager restates his ambitions for the waterfront project

The first phase of redevelopment should begin in 2022/2023, after dismantling of the bulk liquids terminal starts. The long-term objective announced for the project is to transform the port into a world class “smart people’s port”: an inclusive, job-creating project; a port that welcomes the city’s inhabitants in all their diversity; a cleaner, greener port.

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