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WATER AS A MIRROR TO THE CITY: WATERFRONTS

fot. Rafał Wasil

On 7 September 2017, the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship (Province) Marshal's Office, in partnership with the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, for the first time organised field workshops in the form of a science and local government conference. Held since 2007, these meetings address the subjects of water management in multiple aspects. They are a place for discussions on new solutions to revitalise Polish rivers, enliven the inland shipping sector and develop riverfront areas. Each year, the workshops are held at a different section of the Vistula.

This year, the workshops had the title "Water as a Mirror to the City: Waterfronts" and were part of the Year of the Vistula celebration. The leitmotif was revitalising waterfronts and water management in land reclamation. There was a cruise on the Bydgoszcz – Toruń route. The workshop participants first took water trams on the River Brda and then, from the Fordon district of Bydgoszcz, took the riverboat Wanda on a cruise up the Vistula to Toruń. The results of waterfront revitalisation in Bydgoszcz and Toruń were to be seen first-hand on route.

The subject presented at the conference by Prof. Anna Janucht-Szostak of the Poznań University of Technology, entitled "Waterfronts: what they are, good practices, methodology," was especially interesting. Also worth attention was a presentation by Anna Fikus-Wójcik and Agnieszka Rózga-Micewicz of the Gdańsk Development Agency on the ways in which Gdańsk is turning towards the water, using the potential of waterfront public spaces in the revitalisation process. Anna Rembowicz-Dziekciowska of the Bydgoszcz Municipal Urban Planning Studio presented Bydgoszcz Waterfronts. There were also examples of waterfront case studies in US or Western European cities.

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