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Mapping European Port City Territories: From Understanding to Design

After the soft launch of Port City Atlas this summer, TU Delft and PortCityFutures, together with nai010 publishers, are organizing the official launch of the Atlas. During this evening, the Atlas will be used to stimulate a dialogue with various experts and decision makers. We will discuss the European and national context of port city territories and zoom in on the territory of the Port of Rotterdam. The focus will be on how the results of the project or mapping-based research can be used to speculate about the future of port territories through education, planning and design.

Authors Carola Hein, Yvonne van Mil, and Lucija Ažman-Momirski will share their expertise and talk with several guests, amongst others: Caya Hein (AIVP), Kersten Nabielek (PBL), Helmut Thoele (Province South Holland), Martijn van Weert (City of the Hague), Mina Akhavan and Maria Elena Buslacchi (PortCityFutures), Reinout Rutte and Han Meyer (TU Delft), Merten Nefs (Erasmus University), Paolo De Martino (IUAV/TU Delft) and Paul Gerretsen and Alankrita Sarkar (Vereniging Deltametropool).

Date: 05 October
Time: 19:30-21:00
Location: Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (Museumpark 25)

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Moderator Carola Hein

Introduction by the authors

Introduction by AIVP

Panel 1 Applying a territorial perspective: Insight for South-Holland
19:45-20:02 + 3 min change

With Kersten Nabielek (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving), Helmut Thoele (Province South-Holland), Merten Nefs (Erasmus University), Martijn van Weert (City of the Hague)

Panel 2 Mapping as an analytical tool: New approaches for education, research and design
20:05-20-25 + 2 min change

With Mina Akhavan (PortCityFutures), Reinout Rutte (TU Delft), Alankrita Sarkar (Vereniging Deltametropool), Han Meyer (TU Delft)

Panel 3 Reflecting

With Paul Gerretsen (Vereniging Deltametropool), Paolo de Martino (IUAV/ TU Delft), Maria Elena Buslacchi (PortCityFutures)

Q&A / Closing



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About Port City Atlas

A multitude of port cities dots Europe’s coastline, all serving the purpose of facilitating maritime transportation. Over millennia, public and private leaders have built harbours, urban spaces and infrastructures in diverse territories to serve hinterlands, including landlocked capital cities and metropolitan areas. As nodes on the edge of water and land, port city territories embody knowledge on maritime flows and water conditions. At a time of climate change, they can be paradigms and stewards of sustainable development.

Taking a comprehensive, mapping based approach, Port City Atlas visualizes 100 port city territories located on four seas and connected through shared waters. It provides a foundation for comparative analysis beyond case study approaches that are often locked into national contexts, select languages or disciplinary approaches. Conceived as a work of reference, the book makes the case for a sea-based approach to the understanding and design of Europe.

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