First Project Meeting
Venice (Italy), January 12th/14th, 2012
The kick-off meeting of the WaRe - WAterfront REgeneration project took place in Venice, Italy, from January 12th to 14th 2012. Hosted by the lead partner, Cities on Water, the meeting brought the project partners together for the first time and focused on the regeneration projects underway along the waterfront of the Lido island.
The Lido is an 11 km long strip of land located between the Adriatic Sea and the Venice Lagoon and is home to about 20,000 residents. Connected to Venice and to the mainland by water transport, the Lido – together with a system of islands that includes La Certosa and Pellestrina – acts as a physical barrier separating the Lagoon from the sea. This area is currently undergoing major physical and functional transformations.
Second Project Meeting
Pärnu (Estonia), March 29/30/31, 2012
The second meeting of the WaRe - WAterfront REgeneration project took place in Pärnu, Estonia, from March 29th to the 31rst 2012. Hosted by the Estonian partner, Museum of New Art, the meeting focused on the study and analisys of the city of Pärnu waterfront problems and of its surroundings. Articulated on site visits and meetings with local administrators, the WaRe second meeting ‘core’ was the International Conference entitled “New Breath of Waterfront Cities” that allowed an in-depth to the Pärnu case study but also an exchange of experiences among the partners.
Pärnu is in search to identify the best solution for the regeneration of its historical waterfront, with many important traces of great architectural value of the 1930s, but interventions and plans needs to take into account its regular exposition to severe floodings. The regeneration will also involve the remains of the former Soviet regime industrial zones.
Third Project Meeting
Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo (Portugal), June 7/8/9, 2012
The third meeting of the WaRe project is to be held in Portugal, on June 8th-10th, 2012, hosted by the portuguese partners Universidade Fernando Pessoa, OPPTerr-Observatorio de Politicas Públicas e Território. The workshop will have as a focuss of discussion the medium-small size waterfront cities, with particular attention to the Atlantic coast. The partners will be visiting the cities of Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo.
Fourth Project Meeting
Izola (Slovenia), September 24th-28th 2012
The fourth meeting of the WaRe project is to be held in Slovenia, Izola, on September 24th-28th, 2012. Articulated as an International Architectural and Urban Design Workshop, entitled “Watefront Redevelopment: Izola East”, is organised by the WaRe Slovenian partner – University of Ljiubljana, Faculty of Architecture – and it is supported also by the European Social Fund. The workshop will focus the discussion on the case-study of Izola and, in particular, the future development of this watefront area, from shipyard and industry to tourist and cultural heritage resort.
Bilateral Meeting Italia - Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 13th 2013
A bilateral meeting among the Slovenian team and the Italian team took place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) at the Faculty of Architecture, on February 13th 2013, in order to finalised the graphic layout of the project output. A day-long brainstorming ended up with guidelines and rules sent to all partners to realise their part of the common work.
Fifth Project Meeting
Prague (Czech Republic) and Bratislava (Slovakia), February 28th - March 3rd 2013
The fifth meeting of the WaRe project is organised in two different seats: the city of Prague (Czech Republic), seat of the partner institutions Charles University, and in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia, selected as focus area for the recent and interesting development of its riverfront. The meeting was held on March 1rst and 2nd, 2013 (arrival on February 28th and departure on March 3rd). Articulated as an International Workshop, entitled “Turn towards the river”, the meeting focused the discussion on waterfront re-development as a challenge for a smart, sustainable and inclusive city, and, more specifically, on how each city is dealing with the aim of creating an economically viable, socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and liveable mixed-use city centre for the 21. Century. Furthermore, the case-study of Bratislava and, in particular, future developments of its waterfront area has been discussed. On the last day, the entire partnership transferred to Prague for a final internal session dedicated to conclusion remarks, together with the researcher group of Charles University.
Final Project Meeting
Venice, Italy, May 5th - May 6th 2013
The final meeting of the WaRe project is to be held in Venice, Italy, on May 5th and 6th, 2013 (free arrival on Friday May 3rd or Saturday 4th and departure on May 6th). The final project meeting will be organised as in internal brainstorming among the partners to revised the draft of the final output – a digital publication – and to share conclusions.
Bilateral Meeting Italia - Estonia
Venice, Italy, May 28th - June 1rst 2013
A bilateral meeting among the Estonian team and the Italian team will take place in Venice (Italy) at the Centre Cities on Water, on May 28 - June 1rst, in order to finalised the conclusions of the final output of the project, to be then shared via e-mail with all partners.