City Towards Water: maritime transformation of European cities

Venue: A Coruña

Location: A Coruña, Spain

Event Date/Time: Oct 16, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 17, 2008
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The relationship between the city and water has been deeply renewed, creating new open spaces and hosting civic and cultural activities. This phenomenon allows us to reconsider other fundamental elements in the functioning of the city: public transport is diversified; residential growth faces new levels of sustainability, economic activity takes different shapes, the continuity between public and natural spaces increases… The congress will gather an outstanding group of professionals and academics of diverse disciplines in order to explain and discuss, from a critical point of view, on-going interventions carried out in different European cities. The event has the aim of raising an interest in urban development strategies that recover and promote the relationship between water and the city, and has also the purpose of revealing how different interventions influence the city as a whole affecting its citizens.
The proposed program combines internationally renowned lecturers from different professional backgrounds in order to offer a plural frame for reflection, discussion and dialogue.

The opening day will count with a master lecture given by British urbanist Sir Peter Hall, followed by the conferences of Rinio Bruttomesso, J.L. Gómez Ordóñez, Salvador Rueda, and Jacob van Rijs. These talks will give an insight into the main urban challenges we must confront nowadays.

The second and last day will focus on analysing European urban projects developed in city waterfronts and river banks across Europe, and will count with the participation of lecturers such as Ariella Masboungi, Manuel Salgado, Hugo Hinsley, Nuno Portas, Joan Busquets (Directo of the Scientifi Committe of this event), Juan Luis Dalda and Jose González-Cebrián.

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