URBAN TRANSITION ZONES – Sustainable urban transformation in the context of a small historical city
Region Gotland and the UBC Planning Cities Commission invite to a joint seminar in Visby on 21–24 October 2018.
Visby is located on the northwest coast of Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea, about 100 km from the Swedish mainland. As a former Viking site, Visby became the main trade hub for the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea between the 12th and the 14th century. Its 13th-century city wall, medieval church ruins, warehouses and wealthy merchant homes from the same period make it the best preserved fortified commercial trade town in Northern Europe. The Hanseatic town of Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. The majority of Visby’s 23000 inhabitants live in the modern city districts that have evolved since the city expanded beyond the historic town from the late 19th century onwards. Today, the tourism industry is rapidly growing, while expanding connections to the mainland also give better opportunities for people to move to, live and work in Visby.
The theme of the seminar is:
Urban Transition Zones - Sustainable urban transformation in the context of a small historic city
The main aim of the seminar and workshop is to reflect and give suggestions on the development of two areas, the Inner Harbour and the East Centre, in direct proximity to the historic town and the medieval city wall.
The participants will discuss:
• How to create and develop urban space for seasonal flexibility.
• How to create and develop urban space in the transitional area between the historic town centre and the modern city.
Proposals for the two workshop areas will be developed and presented to local politicians, colleagues and the press by the end of the seminar.
Registration for the seminar at: www.gotland.se/ubc. Last day for registration is September 17.
The number of seats are limited and registration will close as soon as we have reached the limit of delegates.