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Friday, April 24, 2009
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The European capital of culture, A strategy for revitalizing an old industrial region

Lessons from the Ruhr Valley The Levin College Forum Program and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

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RHUR 2010:  The European Capital of Culture, A Strategy for Revitalizing an Old Industrial Region with Ralf Ebert, Director, STADTart, Consultancy for City, Culture and Planning, Dortmund, Germany and Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Werningerode/Harz. Germany               About the Forum:Ralf Ebert, drawing on his extensive background in spatial planning and creative cities, will talk about the relationship of artists, culture, creativity and urban development.  His talk will focus on the Ruhr, a region that comprises 53 towns and cities and is home to 5.3 million people- all within the "borders" of what was originally known as the Ruhr Coal Settlement Association, created in 1920.

Much like Northeast Ohio, the region has been shaped by the imposing legacy of the industrial age and the unlimited potential of the post-industrial era.  In the mid-19th century the Ruhr was one of the most vibrant industrial regions in Europe with an economy based around hundreds of coal mines and steelworks.

Following the decline of the coal and steel industry in the 1960s, the Ruhr region transformed itself  from a grimy mining area to a modern urban centre based on service industries.

As the region looks to its future, it is turning to its rich cultural assets and activities.Free and open to the public.  Registration requested at www.urban.csuohio.edu/forum  or by calling 216.523.7330

Lessons from the Ruhr Valley The Levin College Forum Program and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture present RHUR 2010:  The European Capital of Culture, A Strategy for Revitalizing an Old Industrial Region with Ralf Ebert, Director, STADTart, Consultancy for City, Culture and Planning, Dortmund, Germany and Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Werningerode/Harz. Germany               About the Forum:Ralf Ebert, drawing on his extensive background in spatial planning and creative cities, will talk about the relationship of artists, culture, creativity and urban development.  His talk will focus on the Ruhr, a region that comprises 53 towns and cities and is home to 5.3 million people- all within the "borders" of what was originally known as the Ruhr Coal Settlement Association, created in 1920. Much like Northeast Ohio, the region has been shaped by the imposing legacy of the industrial age and the unlimited potential of the post-industrial era.  In the mid-19th century the Ruhr was one of the most vibrant industrial regions in Europe with an economy based around hundreds of coal mines and steelworks. Following the decline of the coal and steel industry in the 1960s, the Ruhr region transformed itself  from a grimy mining area to a modern urban centre based on service industries. As the region looks to its future, it is turning to its rich cultural assets and activities.Free and open to the public.  Registration requested at www.urban.csuohio.edu/forum  or by calling 216.523.7330

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