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Historic Urban Landscape approach explained

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Together with Jan Willem Sieburgh, former director of the Rijksmuseum and currently director of the Tropenmuseum, and graphic designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink, we developed a booklet for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, explaining UNESCO’s holistic approach towards the development of historic (inner) cities.

“New life for historic cities: The historic urban landscape approach explained” introduces the so-called ‘Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape’, which was adopted on 10 November 2011 by the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, and how to apply the Historic Urban Landscape approach in the local context.

UNESCO’s approach to managing historic urban landscapes is holistic by integrating the goals of urban heritage conservation and those of social and economic development. This method sees urban heritage as a social, cultural and economic asset for the development of cities.

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The Historic Urban Landscape approach moves beyond the preservation of the physical environment and focuses on the entire human environment with all of its tangible and intangible qualities. It seeks to increase the sustainability of planning and design interventions by taking into account the existing built environment, intangible heritage, cultural diversity, socio-economic and environmental factors along with local community values.

This booklet calls to involve more people in preservation efforts, raise levels of awareness, and seek innovative schemes. By actively engaging public, private and civic sectors the city, historic and contemporary, can be better preserved and celebrated.

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The booklet is available in four languages, which can be downloaded here:

Chinese Version | English Version | Spanish Version | French Version

The full text of the “Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape” is available here.

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