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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 during three workshops 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. Here below the schedule for the first event, on June 24.

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

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

09:30 – 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 La Spezia Arsenal. Ideas for a possible evolution
Admiral Dino Nascetti

12:30 – 13:00 A first open discussion

Participation is open, without registration (both in person and online).
Live streaming link: https://​www​.you​tube​.com/​@​A​I​P​A​I​_​P​a​t​r​i​m​o​n​i​o​I​n​d​u​s​t​riale
Contact: jessica.tanghetti@unibo.it