‘European Port Cities’ Ambiance as Heritage of the Future. An analysis of Dublin and Gothenburg

Anna-Lisa Müller

Keywords: port cities, urban planning, cultural heritage, staged ambiance

I analyse how the specific spatial-material structure in combination with a certain local culture accounts for European port cities’ characteristic ambiances. I show how port cities’ historic material structure helps to preserve their maritime ambiance as cultural heritage for the future. Using two case studies from urban planning projects in Dublin (Ireland) and Gothenburg (Sweden), I show how European port cities’ ambiances do not only stem from the cities’ characteristic historic design, but are also used as heritage for the cities’ future.