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Historic cities and sacred sites : cultural roots for urban futures, Volume 1
Author:Serageldin, Ismail; Shluger, Ephim; Martin-Brown, Joan [editors]; Country:Germany; Italy; Brazil; United States; Mexico; Morocco; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Spain; Israel; Nepal; India;
Date Stored:2001/02/02Document Date:2000/12/31
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Cultural Policy; City Development Strategies; Cultural Heritage & Preservation; Culture in Sustainable Development; ICT Policy and Strategies
ISBN:isbn 0-8213-4904-xLanguage:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Social ProtectionRegion:Europe and Central Asia; South Asia; Middle East and North Africa; Latin America & Caribbean; OTH
Report Number:21711Sub Sectors:Other Social Protection
Volume No:1  

Summary: This report investigates the tolls that overpopulation and poverty often take on historic cities and sacred sites. More importantly, it demonstrates that taking care of humanity's cultural heritage can regenerate the self-esteem and self-identities of disempowered peoples and revive moribund economies. This report expands the dialogue on state-of-the-art preservation approaches based on actual cases set in a range of economic and social contexts. The 51 chapters of this volume are organized in 8 parts on specific themes. Each part is accompanied by an Editors' Note--an executive summary highlighting the key points contained in each chapter. Part 1 seeks the philosophical and spiritual origins of historic cities and sacred sites. Part 2 discusses the governance, planning, and management of cultural patrimony based on fresh policy and operational material from new empirical research and original conceptualizations. Case studies focus on cities in Brazil, the Middle East, the Netherlands, North Africa, North America, and Norway. Part 3 addresses the range of rescue strategies for built heritage at risk, which include reconstruction, transformation, and the adaptation of historic structures to new uses. Part 4 discusses the issue of urban and cultural heritage preservation during periods of economic transition. Part 5 analyzes processes and instruments to appraise heritage investments, the role of incentives, and strategies to attract private sector participation.

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