“Historic Cities in Development: Keys for Understanding and Acting” - A Compilation Of Case Studies

The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) implemented a program about the compilation of case studies on conservation and management in historic cities called “Historic Cities in development: keys for understanding and acting”.

Each Member City was invited to contribute by presenting one (or several) urban project(s) so as to understand in detail and describe in a hands-on manner the necessary processes and procedures and, by doing so, instigate a new shared understanding and respect with the respect for heritage, and in particular World Heritage, as part of urban development projects.

The project went beyond the exchange of know-how in conservation – it aimed at introducing a more heritage-centered urban development approach.

The aim was to create a dynamic within the OWHC’s network of member cities and, more generally, to thereby contribute to the global debate on urban heritage management and sustainable development.

The results were presented during the OWHC World Congress helded in Sintra (Portugal) in November 2011, with a view to making a contribution to the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

The project was headed by the OWHC and implemented by a Steering Committee coordinated by the City of Lyon (member of the OWHC) and the OWHC’s General Secretariat in collaboration with:

  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, as part of its financial and technical support through the Convention France-UNESCO and the Netherlands’ Funds-in-Trust,
  • the Getty Conservation Institute,
  • the Council of Europe,
  • ICOMOS International.

From now on, the OWHC is proud to present its compilation of case studies Historic Cities in development: keys for understanding and acting.

  1. Final report vol.1: Analyzes report, ­''Historic Cities in development: keys for understanding and acting''
  2. Final report vol.2: Book of case studies, ''Historic Cities in development: keys for understanding and acting''