Waterfronts revisited

Waterfronts revisited

Interim AISU Congress, Rome, November 9, 2012

The city of water, in the history of civilization, are a predominant form and the applicant. Since ancient times, the choice of a suitable place for the foundation of a city often depended on the presence of a river or a harbor.


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What were the Mediterranean, the Americas and the Orient, in fact, many cities were affected by rivers, canals and harbors, so as to see traced the history and evolution until recently.
Since the seventies of the twentieth century, with industrialization and disposal processes in many port areas and their subsequent degradation, was born gradually a movement for their regeneration and recovery widely known as "waterfront developments".
Today we are able to assess the effects of about forty years of experience throughout the town. The objective of the recovery of the waterfront has been pursued, in most cases, so far removed from the surrounding area and its characteristics, introducing service functions directed to recreation, leisure and services. The conference offers a reinterpretation of the waterfront area and comparing it to the historic city in their complexity and wholeness, not by isolating the port but recontextualizing, ricucendolo that belongs to the fabric from both the functional and formal.
Londra1Our first aim is, in fact, to re - integrate the history, experience, traditions and local knowledge and local in the process of evaluation and development of waterfront areas and raise awareness in this direction, the speeches today and tomorrow . We propose, thus, a re-enactment of history through the identification of values - guide tracks, patterns, arrays, and not of styles, shapes and types.


In a way similar to the approach of "Historic Urban Landscape" on UNESCO sites, we offer for all urban areas - and specifically the waterfront - methods and approaches sensitive to the territory in its entirety and pay attention to its historical evolution.
The event will be held in Rome at the headquarters of the National Research Council on 9 November 2012. It is organized as an interim congress of the Italian Association of Urban History, and is connected to the VI AISU Congress.

The conference will be organized by CNR - ICVBC of Rome at the headquarters of Piazzale Aldo Moro, CNR.




Scientific Committee:
Heleni Porfyriou, CNR-Istituto per la Conservazione e la Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali - Roma
Marichela Sepe, CNR - Istituto di Ricerche sulle Attività Terziarie - Napoli
Antonello Alici, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona
Massimiliano Savorra, Università del Molise, AISU