The guests for a longer time. The Sopot debate is over.

Over 50 people who can and want to have an impact on building urban spaces that integrate different cultures took part in the debate Guests for a Longer Time. An urban meeting of residents and users of the city. Many interesting discussion notes, examples and conclusions.

A debate on balance and finding compromises in urban space between the offer for guests, students and incoming employees, and preserving the quality of life for existing residents. Based on the experience of Luxembourg and the Pomeranian Voivodeship, it provides an impulse for further discussions on the strategy of city development in Poland.

The debate, which was opened by the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship Mr. Mieczysław Struk together with the President of the Polish-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce Mr. Krzysztof Bramorski, was a place of exchange of experience and thoughts on changes in shaping urban communities. It was attended by more than 50 participants who can and want to have an impact on building urban spaces that integrate different cultures.

The debate is organized by the Polish-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, which on the example of Luxembourg shows good practice in building and integrating urban cultures. A community built on centuries of experience, whose members are offered modern projects combining their requirements and needs, in which over 170 nationalities “feel at home”.

The changes that have taken place in Polish cities over the past few decades require that solutions be adopted and implemented to ensure that the needs of all city users are preserved. Thus, the openness to other nationalities that Pomerania and Luxemburg’s experience already demonstrated in the 16th and 17th centuries may serve as a basis for creating effective urban development strategies.

The debate is an impulse for the exchange of experience and information on changes in the formation of urban communities with a particular view on the space for living from the perspective of city users. The participants of the discussion drew attention to the problems resulting from new phenomena, such as short-term renting. Depopulation of city centers is another manifestation of the changes taking place. It is becoming necessary to develop concepts for making city centers more attractive places to live. The timing of the debate coincided with the work on the Diagnosis of the City of Sopot and the preparation of the City Development Strategy. Conclusions from the discussion and the presentation “Guests for longer. The city-forming meeting of residents” can have a real impact on the work of research and design teams.

Discussion panels were led by Artur Celiński, creator of the DNA of the City program, and Grzegorz Piątek, architecture critic.

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