The Water and Sea Workshops

The Planetworkshops are pleased to invite you to participate in The Water and Sea Workshops, International Forum for a Sustainable Development, that we organize in Barcelona on October 10th 2013, with the official support of the Government of Catalunya, the General Council of Catalunya and the Barcelona City Hall.

This international conference will gather in Barcelona the main decision-makers and actors involved in the preservation of water and marine resources, the definition of a new international governance for water and oceans, and a responsible use of these resources.

This first edition of The Water and Sea Workshops will be held within the Drassanes Reials (Royal Dockyards, Maritime Museum of Barcelona) on October 10th 2013, around the theme : “Water without borders : utopia or reality?

In an approach of co-construction, governments, local and regional authorities, companies and civil society must think together the emergence of a new society: a “Blue society” based on a “blue economy”, promoting a sustainable and shared use of continental freshwater and the oceans’ richness. The role of the Water and Sea workshops is to federate, within different fields, all the actors involved around issues related to water resources management, marine ecosystems preservation and the deployment of the huge potential of the seas and oceans in order to promote innovative solutions which could allow the speeding up of the diplomatic process and most of all to foster the access to drinkable water for everyone.

We will be welcoming around 400 personalities from around the world in Barcelona on next week, renewing the approach that has made the success of the Global Conference during the last 7 years: a friendly and open place for thinking on sustainable development challenges, a bridge between different actors with various backgrounds and functions, a place for highlighting good practices and concrete innovative solutions.

In this prospect, The Water and Sea Workshops wish to suggest new concrete solutions to favor access for all to water and to reveal the gigantic potential of the seas and oceans, in order to go towards a new society, the “Blue Society”.

Detailed program: click here

Registration (Free): click here 

We really hope to welcome you at the Water and Sea Workshops in Barcelona.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

The Planetworkshops’ team





Noam Chomsky…. on architecture and urbanism

“Hidden Power and Built Form: The Politics Behind the Architecture” is the publication of the first ever comments on architecture and urbanism by the world’s “leading intellectual”: Noam Chomsky.

“The US-Mexican border, like most borders, was established by violence – and its architecture is the architecture of violence” – Noam Chomsky

It is published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Architecture_MPS,  Vol.3, No.3

This internationally renowned figure has never spoken on the subject before.

Contribution by
Rachel Isaac-Menard
Assistant Professor
Reference / Web Services Librarian
Adelphi University
Garden City, New York 11530
516 877 3578


Syria and the arts

CROPPED: image, art and tech news from the Visual Resources Facility @ UC Davis

If you are folprotecting-mihrab-640lowing the distressing situation in Syria, we recommend that you take a look at the art blog Hyperallergic. In collaboration with the news site Syria Deeply, the editors of Hyperallergic have started a series of posts on Syria that explore the visual and cultural responses to the crisis in Syria.  Their first post delves into the issue of art, education and therapy for children living in the Syrian refugee camps. Their most recent post addresses the International Council of Museums “The Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk.”13

Our Heghnar Watenpaugh, professor of Art History here at UC Davis and scholar of Syrian architecture and urban history, has also contributed to the conversations on the Syrian crisis and its impact on Syrian culture. We have linked her contributions to the SAH Blog (Society of Architectural Historians) and interviews on NPR at the…

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High Line Founders Win Prize for Their “Impossible” Park


Earlier this week, the National Building Museum presented High Line founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond with the Vincent Scully Prize. In introducing the pair, Vincent Scully Prize jury chair David Schwartz said it’s amazing how the High Line, a single structure in New York City, has “created a national conversation” about how to reuse the abandoned, industrial legacies of our cities. He added, “it’s remarkable that these two citizen-organizers made this happen. They are the Barack Obamas of urban re-development.”

Last year’s Scully Prize winner, Paul Goldberger, former architecture critic from The New York Times and The New Yorker and now a writer for Vanity Fair, lauded the High Line, calling it an “amazing story, because things don’t work out as they are expected to and this broke all the rules and actually did.” He said the High Line is really an “impossible” story because projects of…

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