The sea plays a major role in the evolution of coastal cities. In the Mediterranean and Caspian contexts, the sea acts as a dynamic organism that is actively involved in defining the territory both culturally and economically. Therefore, the aim of the 1st Mediterranean vs Caspian congress was to share experiences regarding the relationship between the contemporary city and the sea. How should we manage natural boundaries? During the event, lecturers presented different urban strategies carried out by coastal cities in their quest to establish a beneficial relationship with the Mediterranean and Caspian seas, highlighting current opportunities to address the future in a sustainable way.
Participation in this event involved three different actions. First, the management and direction of the event in collaboration with the institutions involved. Second, the presentation of a personal project through the lecture “The Voyage of Geminin: a sustainable strategy for Baku’s coastline”. And finally, the design and editing of a 132-page publication that collects communications by the participants, as well as a selection of works by students of the University of Alicante and the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction made in the context of this event.