Culture and identity
A thematic area that is devoted to publishing articles and work on questions such as:
- Port city cultural heritage: nautical and port heritage (material and immaterial); conservation; reappraisal and enrichment.
- The collective cultural memory of port cities through such facilities as libraries, maritime and port museums, archives.
- Ports as a cultural reference: ports and written culture (language and communication, literature, the press); ports and audiovisual culture (music, cinema, photography); ports and the arts (illustrations, paintings, prints, sculpture); ports and the necessities of life (diet, culinary activities, food and drink), clothing (attire, fashion, uniforms), etc.
- Ports and urban identity: the distinctive features of ports (port-city symbols and symbolism, metaphors and ports, the notion of port cities); the port city idea (perception and meaning, port city emotions, etc.)
CORREIA António Manuel da Cruz
From Alto Douro to the world – Vila Nova de Gaia, port shipping of the Port wine
The medieval settlements of Gaia and Vila Nova are the origins of the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia. The vicinity with the City of Porto and the Douro River turned this city into a privileged commercial platform, especially regarding transportation and management of Douro wine, documented since the XII century. But it was the XVIII century with the increasing trade of Douro and Porto wines that it acquired the character of an international port. The creation of the Port Wine Warehouse in 1926, institutionalized a spontaneously-born urban agglomeration in a unique and exclusive place for Porto wine, conditioned the urban development and shaped the port character of Vila Nova de Gaia.
Vila Nova de Gaia; Historic Centre; Warehouse of Port wine
Técnico Superior de História, Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Gaia – GAIURB, EM, Largo de Aljubarrota, 13, 4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Cities & Waterfront. Indian & Western perception: Similarity, Dissimilarity or Diversity
Urban waterfront rejuvenation is being taken up throughout the world but is mostly confined to developed countries. However, it is now impacting developing countries to revive historic cities, tourism, leisure and economic development under the influence of globalization. The phenomenon of the waterfront is quite diverse in the Indian context. Water and religion are inextricably woven in the pattern of Indian life. The rivers, sea or lakes have significance and are regarded as holy. Worshiping water and water body is continues to be the part of the daily custom. The accessibility to water is the main features which lead to the particular response of the water edge reflected in the structure of the cities. Waterfront, an area of recreation, has less significance compare to utilitarian and religious aspects. In the last few decades in India, there is a rapid urban development and most of them have turned their waterfronts into dump yard, illegal encroachment and the growth of the city has no relation with its waterfronts. Waterfront development has been undertaken increasingly now in India. But Indian cities have really shown less concern about the existence of waterfront except for very few recent examples in India. Three stages have been derived, for the waterfront transformation based on western perception to comprehend the concept in a more holistic manner. The structure of the Indian cities and morphological model describes the morphological periods of evolution of cities discusses the importance to understand the similarity, dissimilarity, and diversity which exist between Indian and Western context.
City Structure; Waterfront; Transformation; Morphology; Indian; Western; Diversity.
Professor, Faculty of Architecture, SCET, Surat Athwalines 395001 Surat, Gujarat, India