Architecture & Water Fronts Conference discussed harmony between cities and ports


"The port of Leixões was a scar on the city. There was a deep transformation and is now a pleasant and attractive element in the urban area," acknowledged Guilherme Pinto, Mayor of Matosinhos at the closing ceremony of the Architecture & Water Fronts Conference. This meeting of the governing board was organized by RETE, international non-profit organisation engaged in promoting cooperation between ports and cities which is chaired by Emilio Brògueira Dias, the chairman of APDL.

The architect Adalberto Dias corroborated this idea by saying that "the Port of Leixões has the great happiness for being entirely muffled by the city in a relationship of complicity". Besides Adalberto Dias, there were also present the architects Carlos Prata, Francisco Vieira de Campos, Nuno Sampaio and Rinio Bruttomesso which discussed the desirable harmony between cities and ports through its critical knowledge and the use of iconic architectural projects in urban front scattered across the world. This debate was moderated by Nuno Grande.

The Italian Rinio Bruttomesso presented a transversal and international view, asserting that "the urban revolution of our century will take place in cities near the water". Recognizing "the water front as a place of conflict and a space of opportunity," this architecture teacher at the IUAV - University of Venice, pointed out the "planning as a tool for flexible control of conflict", where architecture emerges as "the expression of urban identity and creativity".

The Port of Viana do Castelo along with the Port of Leixões incorporates the Advanced Node of Northern Portugal of RETE and therefore José Maria Costa, Mayor of Viana do Castelo also participated in this conference and emphasized the "need of a good harmony between cities and ports".