We are at the end of the first week of S.O.S. Climate Waterfront workshop in Stockholm.
A week full of site visits, guided tours and inspiring lectures. Our invited guests had the chance to experience the city and its waterfront, learn more about the future plans of the city planners and enjoy relaxing times while meeting international experts in their field of interest.
On Monday 23rd, we welcomed our visitors at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. David Nilsson, Deputy Head of ABE School and Pedro Ressano Garcia, our project’s coordinator made an introduction to the workshop. The afternoon included presentations and lectures of on climate change scenarios and planning in Stockholm.
The first site visit took place on Tuesday 24th where the participants explored Värtahamnen and Norra Djurgårdsstaden together with representatives from Stockholm City. The international researchers and students will work with these places in groups during the workshop and together will focus on how the impact of climate change affects these urban waterfronts and what measures should be taken.
During the afternoon the participants visited “Blivande”, a place for participatory culture & organisations in Frihamnen. House Blivande also manages Frihamnstorget, a colourful container village open to new initiatives. It is a constantly evolving entity, a place for creative innovation. Frihamnstorget invites people to make proposals, draft plans & work together with the community to realise new visions. The visit ended with a presentation of Frihamnen and the future potential of the port area by the Ports of Stockholm.
On Wednesday 25th, after an inspiring lecture about the urban landscaping in Egypt during the times of climate change, the participants were separated in groups and started the planning of their projects and the division of work.
The next site visit took place at Lövholmen on Friday 27th May. The participants met at the art institution Färgfabriken and were introduced to the history and future plans for this area. Afterwards, they explored the industrial area of Lövholmen and the modern Liljeholmskajen. During the afternoon the researchers had the time to gather together in groups and plan for the future work.
Intercult, on the occasion of this workshop, organised a Nordic talk event which took place the same afternoon. Pedro Ressano Garcia from Lisbon, Katarina Larsen from Stockholm and Ana Neiva from Porto discussed about the future of our waterfronts in a talk with title “Climate change on urban waterfronts – SOS for the cities and citizens?“ moderated by Iwona Preis.
The first week was meant as an introduction to the workshop. Participants got to know each other, and the sites through site visits. The sites were divided between the groups and there was some time to get started on planning.
We are looking forward to the upcoming weeks!