An international roundtable discussion on the role of arts culture and creativity in docklands regeneration as part of Cork Harbour Festival Programme 2023.
Cork Harbour Festival , Espacio Open , Bauhaus of the Seas
Post-industrial dockland areas are a key feature in our port cities landscapes. Arts, culture and creativity play a key role in re-imagining our city futures and realising ambitious initiatives to redevelop and regenerate these areas as vibrant, sustainable places for community that contribute the wider revitalisation of our urban centres.
In the Cork context, Cork Docklands is set to be Ireland’s largest regeneration project which will accommodate a population of around 25,000, a workforce of approximately 29,000 as well as a student population of more than 3,500. Over 146 hectares of land will be developed over a 20-year period, which will see homes, schools, medical and social services, sports and recreation facilities, office space, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, retail and two new bridges for the city.
This year we are delighted to bring speakers from leading cases Espacio Open in Bilbao; and the European Bauhaus Lighthouse project Bauhaus of the Seas Sails in Malmo, together with a local Cork perspective to discover pioneering examples of arts, culture and creativity driving renewal and renaissance of docklands areas, as sites replete with the cultural and industrial heritage of our cities.
The third in Cork CityLabs ‘Future of Port’ Seminar Series, we connect community, city and university colleagues across the UNIC European University Alliance and Port University League. This series brings thought leaders together for conversations that help inspire us to rethink and redesign the future of our urban centers – in a citizen centered, diverse and ecological manner.
10:30 Welcome and Introduction from Chair 10:45 Panel Contributions:
10:20 Panel Discussion and Q&A
About the Contributors
Chairing the event - Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law is the Associate Vice President, Director of European Relations and Public Affairs at University College Cork (UCC). She is the director of UNIC at UCC and leads Work Package 2, 'Build the UNIC European University'and is representative on the UNIC Management Board.
The Bauhaus of the seas, as «marhaus» (literally «the sea as our home») or «baumar» («the sea as a space for creation and impact entrepreneurship»), aims to promote renewed ethical and aesthetic regenerative development from a widely diverse range of dimensions of our continued relationship with the sea. Conceived as a journey with Portugal as a starting point, the Bauhaus of the seas will generate a design movement that will extend to all coastal and maritime regions in Europe. Its anchors are ’recognising the environment’, reconciling with the sea’, ‘reconnecting communities’ and ‘renewing practices’.
Espacio Open [Open Sapce] is a cultural centre and ecosystem of creative and social projects with a positive social impact located since 2009 in the Old Bilbao Biscuit Factory (Artiach Factory) in the La Ribera de Deusto / Zorrotzaurre neighborhood, Bilbao. Involving more than 110,000 annual visitors, 14 workers and 2,000 sq.m. of facilities, they work at the intersection between contemporary culture, technology and social issues. Spaces house the Fab Lab Bilbao digital creation and manufacturing center as well as programs such as the Maker Faire Bilbao Festival and creation residencies for artists and designers. Their monthly Vintage Bilbao event, an evolution of the Open Your Ganbara circular economy market, has run since 2009.
*Karim Asry is creative director at Espacio Open, an independent Fab Lab in Bilbao, Spain, based in an Old Cookie Factory that mixes maker culture with social projects, traditional industries and urban culture as a learning environment. Organizer since 2013 of Maker Faire Bilbao and non formal education for youngsters project Gaztea Tech. Boardmember at the Spanish Network for Digital Creation and Fabrication, Crefab. Former journalist at El País and ex open government and transparency advisor for the Presidency of the Basque Regional Government.
Urban resilience and transformation