New publication: Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

A new Port City Futures related book is out now! The new Open Access Publication Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (ed. Carola Hein) features several chapters on port cities.

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Roundtable discussion of Water Heritage

Last week the International LDE-Heritage conference "Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals" took place. Port City Futures participated in the roundtable discussion of Water Heritage, where the chair Carola Hein and Tino Mager raised three main questions:

1) What has water shaped space, society and culture around the globe? 
2) What geographical spaces, methodological approaches, themes and case studies ought to be added to the existing research? 
3) How can water heritage research help shape the emergence of more sustainable societies? 

Focusing on these three key issues, the participants showed their opinions on the table from multiple perspectives. The participants each have different understanding of water and water heritage, and the discussion and debates started with asking the question "what do we mean by water"?

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MSP Game: Gamification on Spatial planning and coastal management

On the 3rd of December 2019, the Department of Architecture of Naples (DiARC) will host a game for the MSP challenge, using Naples as a background with the aim to define short, medium and long term to define scenarios about port-city relations and land-water interconnections. The MSP Challenge games have been developed in light of the implementation of the European Framework Directive 1 (2014/89) on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and the opportunities it gives for Ecosystem Based Maritime Spatial Development (EBMSD).
Students and professors from IUAV will join students, researchers, professors and decision-makers in Naples to play together. The workshop will provide a first glimpse of a forthcoming film on port-city-region development entitled « Communicating Complexity » conceived by Carola Hein and Paolo De Martino from TUDelft as part of PortCityFutures with funding from NWO (KIEM) and in collaboration with several partners such as RETE, AIVP, Naples port authority and the Learning Center in Dunkirk. 

Vacancy: Call for Postdoc student

Port City Futures is looking for a Postdoc student! The Postdoc will have in-depth knowledge of port city literature and social scientific theories and methods (anthropology, cultural geography, sociology). They should be able to conceptualize and theorize port city region’s relationships, cultures, and institutions as they occur in and through space. He/she will collaborate with researchers from diverse disciplines in Leiden, Delft and Erasmus and is expected to commute to these locations.

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Open call for post master students

Spend a year in Napels working on the topic of sustainable port-city relations! Post master students can apply now for the master program Pianificazione e progettazione sostenibile delle aree Iortuali.  The course aimes to train professionals capable of integrating planning and design with knowledge coming from socio-economic and ecological-environmental fields of research. In addition, issues related to governance and regulatory framework of port areas are central aspects within the course. The educational project is based on three fundamental elements: 1. "port areas", analysed as parts of the city, and investigated according to a logic that goes beyond the sectoral approach, rather in a systemic perspective; 2. "planning and design", conceived as activities based on the creative integration of the relationship between the planning regulations and the future design. This is strongly related to financial, economic and multi-dimensional evaluation approaches; 3. "sustainability", framed as the main objective of the planning design, aimed at improving economic / management efficiency, environmental protection, quality of the relationship between nature and artifice. 

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Vacancy: Call for PhD (or PD) students

Under the auspices of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Leiden Delft Erasmus (LDE) Research Program PortCityFutures, launches the special PhD programme PortCityFutures. Besides this, we are aiming to hire three PHD (or two PHD and one PD) to work with the faculty members involved. Together they will develop a methodology that can be repeated in other geographical areas. The group will work within the PortCityFutures context on social, spatial and human values and long-term port city region relations. The call will remain open on a rolling basis.

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