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Liveable planet lunch meeting - Porosity in Port City Territories

Thursday 15 December 2022
Liveable communities – Liveable Planet
Hybrid: Live at the van Steenis building, room E.001 and online in MS Teams

You are invited to join us for the fourteenth lunch meeting of the Liveable Planet programme lunch series. This meeting can be attended live in the van Steenis building E0.01.



Short introduction


Professor Carola Hein will take the stage for a short presentation, followed by an opportunity to discuss:

Porosity in Port City Territories: Reconceptualizing the intersection of space, society and culture

Port city territories are a particular type of space, located at the edge of land and sea, built to facilitate the transfer of goods, people, and ideas. These territories are characterized by multiple boundaries--geographical, institutional, and cultural--established and reaffirmed by diverse public and private stakeholders, often over centuries. I argue that the concept of porosity can help conceptualize and ultimately rethink the ways in which the spaces and people of ports, cities, and neighboring areas intersect. The notion of porosity both challenges and expands on the well‐established theme of the interface and on more recent reflections on the port city threshold by arguing for a conceptualization of the port cityscape as a continuous network of port‐related spaces and practices. The presentation first places the theme of port city porosity in time, it then explores the ways in which boundaries have shifted and opened up, and introduces geospatial mapping as a tool to conceptualize port city porosity on the sea side and on the land side, finally reflecting on its usefulness as a tool for spatial design and sustainable development.

Liveable communities – Liveable Planet

The Liveable Planet programme is one of the eight interdisciplinary programmes that were launched at Leiden University in 2020

Leiden’s Liveable Planet programme aims to combine scientific, policy, socio-cultural and historical/archaeological research at Leiden University into coherent research with which we can tackle the major challenges of a transition to a habitable planet with ecological sustainability. The programme will  serve as a hub for the wide range of relevant research carried out within Leiden University and welcomes interaction with colleagues interested in contributing to the initiative within as well as outside of Leiden University.

Liveable communities – Liveable Planet

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