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Coastal tourism exhibitioncomes to Hull - by lorry

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A unique exhibition on the future of sustainable coastal tourism rery. 'Coastwise Europe' will vividly describe the work of 21 European architectural schools at the gallery on the campus of Humberside University. The lorry left the University of Rotterdam in April 1997. Since that time 10 European cities have been its host. Now it's the turn of England, before it leaves for Rome in March with an onward journey linking Stockholm to St Petersburg, Hamburg to Barcelona, and finally arriving at Lisbon in September for the World Expo: 'The Oceans: Heritage for the Future'.

As concerns are raised about decreasing fish stocks and contamination of world oceans, the same is true of Europe's common shores. Since the project the students of Hull's School of Architecture have taken part in a number of summer workshops with their colleagues on the Continent to evaluate the impacts of increasing wealth and people's spare time on our coastal regions.

Hull's teachers and students are not content for their input to become a set of academic ideas to gather dust. Not only have they witnessed the literal erosion of the north-east coast of England, they have also seen the seas of economic politics erode the once-active port and coastal industries of Humberside.

A brief has been generated that will be presented at a parallel conference to the Coastwise exhibition. With underpinning finance derived from the European Socrates fund, a North Sea consortium will explore innovations in sustainable tourism and radical approaches to land and seascape, as well as long-term planning and management. The consortium's member universities are Humberside, Rotterdam, Gent and Kingston-upon-Thames in London.

As well as interacting with nations linked by the North Sea, a crucial link has been made with Hull's City Visions, a high-profile body of industry, local authority and educational institutions. One intention is to provide action strategies to create a cultural industries quarter along the River Hull as a dynamic maritime city for the twenty-first century.

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