2024 – Cordoba, Spain

Symposium of Cordoba

The Symposium on the Habitability of Historic Centers will be held as part of the 17th World Congress of the OWHC (Cordoba, Spain, from September 24 to 27, 2024).

The Mayors of the cities participating in the Québec Roadmap (2022-2024) have outlined in a “Manifesto” the political ambitions they seek to achieve through the OWHC. Their aim is to consolidate the leading role of World Heritage cities in responding to the complex situations arising from today’s environmental and social crises. Four major “Issues at stake” have been identified based on the particularities of the OWHC member cities and the observations they share:

  • Adapting cities to climate change and reducing its impact
  • Capitalizing on the ability of historic districts to reinvent themselves
  • Enhancing the features that make the livability of the heritage city
  • Promoting heritage as an essential resource for sustainable development

The Cordoba Symposium will take stock of the Québec Roadmap. The collective work conducted as part of this participative engineering process, unprecedented for the Organization, is already outlining a series of bold orientations. The main idea is that the city is first and foremost a place in which to live, to work, to socialize, to cultivate, to form a community, and to be open to others. “Habitability” is therefore at the core of the OWHC’s approach, it serves as a fundamental benchmark and provides the conditions for a successful climate transition, thanks to an urban-led heritage approach that safeguards the identity and the potential of cities.

The Cordoba Symposium will create a space for elected officials and municipal experts to meet and work together, taking a decisive step forward by:

  • Developing the concept and characteristics of “Habitability”;
  • Confirming the operational principles likely to enrich the ongoing or planned actions in member cities;
  • Consolidating the cooperation method and tools that will enable the approach to be pursued on a larger scale;
  • Placing “Habitability” at the core of the OWHC’s “New Urban Project” with the aim of triggering urban strategies that will materialize the objective of “reconciling the human, the urban and nature”.

Cities wishing to prepare for the Symposium and take an active role in it are encouraged to get involved in the Roadmap, which is the key access point for finding out about progress and engage in the “On the Road to Cordoba” process.