In september 2003 with the opening of the Westergasfabriek park a conference was organised.
District Council of Westerpark
i.c.w. Liesbeth Jansen
During the conference Creativity and the City the world wide state of the art in reusing industrial heritage was presented. The creative economy seemed to be an important element in many of these projects.
One of the key note speakers was Richard Florida who gave his first sopeech on this issue in the Netherlands.
Next to him there were many speakers to present rthe state of the art on the issue of regeneration of the industrial heritage. Majora Carter from the South Bronkx in New York, Taiwo Aina form Lagos, Einat Kalsih from tel Aviv and Charles Landry form London, they were all teher as well as many others.
Top architects that presented their visions were Bernardo Secchi and Caroline Bos (UN Studio).