CONF International Conference of the Italian Association of Urban History – Waterfronts Revisited. The Transformation of the Port Cities and the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. Rome, Italy. 9.11.2012

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International Conference of the Italian Association of Urban History – AISU
Waterfronts Revisited. The Transformation of the Port Cities and the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

November 9, 2012
CNR – National Research Council of Italy
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7 – Rome
Aula Marconi

Organized by the CNR – Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage – Rome

Water cities represented a predominant urban form. Since ancient times, the foundation of a city has been linked to the choice of a site close to the water, a river or a natural harbor. Rivers, channels and harbors have determined the birth and the growth of many cities in Mediterranean, European and American or Asian countries up to recent times. Since 1970s, however, deindustrialization resulted in the abandonment of a large number of harbor sites. To face the urban and social decay a movement to revitalize and recover these areas, known as waterfront development, has appeared and gradually grown. Looking back to this experience, we can easily see that the waterfront has been mainly conceived as a separate part of the city, detached from the surrounding
territory and its characteristics, introducing new functions (cultural, leisure, green areas and parks).
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