|Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
Student network on technical architecture for historic, coastal towns is launched
In the pipeline for operational activities in Essaouira, Sa´da and Guadalajara (Mexico), a cooperation agreement is being established to officialize the exchange of technical architects from the universities of Spain with students working on relevant UNESCO operational projects.
A first experience met with success in July-August 1997 in Essaouira's Medina, where three technical architects from the University of Madrid carried out architectural surveys for two buildings (a Portuguese church and an orphanage) and a socio-economic study on the old Jewish neighbourhood of the Medina. These results are being taken into account by the local authorities charged with the re-development of Essaouira's urban centre.
For the 1998-99 biennium, a formal framework will be given to this activity to facilitate the implementation of the following:
The above-mentioned official framework is being prepared in cooperation with the Permanent Delegation of Spain to UNESCO and PREMAAT* to facilitate the coordination of all technical universities of architecture in Spain in the context of this project. An evaluation, involving all partners (universities, municipalities and UNESCO), of this first experimental phase will be conducted at the end of 1999.
* Previsiˇn Mutua de Aparejadores y Arquitectos a project supported by the European Parliament and UNESCO to provide support for technical architects.
Further details on these developments can be obtained from the following units at UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris cedex 15:
Management of Social
Transformations (MOST)/CITIES Architecture,
Fax: 33-(0)1 - 45 68 57 24, attn: Brigitte Colin
Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) Unit
Fax: 33 (0)1 - 45 68 58 08, attn: Alexei Suzyumov