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The Trans­formation of European Historical Ship­yards and Arsenals (EHS&A)­

Aula 6A, Ca’ Foscari University, Fondamenta S. Giobbe, 873, 30121 Venezia

The transformation of historic shipyards and arsenals into heritage sites poses crucial issues for preservation, protection and use, with significant socio-economic impacts. Their changing uses—from production to other activities (e.g. exhibitions, shops, housing)—have detached them from their original meanings and imbued them with new ontologies that somehow co-habit with the old ones, leading to tensions between preservation and innovation. Practically, this has also brought managerial challenges far subtler than generating income and managing visitor flows: sites must trade-off the different and often conflicting priorities of preservation, productivity, housing, visitor enjoyment, community engagement, etc., often taking place with a huge process of urban regeneration. For this project, we invite experts of major EHS&A to discuss the process of transformation of these sites, with a particular lens on open access and access from citizens. This will provide a unique opportunity for discussing possible developments in general, and in particular for the Venice Arsenale. The initiative is co-organized by the University of Bologna and Oxford University, with the collaboration of a variety of institutions involved in the transformation of individual EHS. AIPAI will stream the three events.

Luca Zan, Pegram Harrison in collaboration with AKT & Hermann Czech

9:00–09:30   Presentation of the whole research project: rational and goals
                      Luca Zan, University of Bologna & Pegram Harrison, Oxford University

9:30–10:15    The Venice Arsenal: a recap of 40 years of debate
                      Luca Zan, University of Bologna

10:15–11:15     Portsmouth, heritage and transformation of a historical shipyard
                       Karen McBride, University of Portsmouth

11:15–11:30     Coffee break

11:30–12:30    The case of La Spezia
                       Admiral Dino Nascetti

12:30–13:00   A first open discussion