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UNESCO Chair in the Social Sustainability of Historical Districts (829), established in 2008 at the Yonsei University (Republic of Korea).


Architecture, urban design, building conservation, sociology and history.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the fields of architecture, urban design, building conservation, sociology and history. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in the Republic of Korea, as well as in the Asia and the Pacific region.

The development objective of the Chair shall be to:

  • raise awareness among academics, city professionals and research institutions on the role they can play in providing decision makers with tangible research results for the selection of balanced strategies and policies for a sustainable revitalization of historical districts;
  • promote the principles of an interdisciplinary approach to urban revitalization which takes into account cultural and socio-political specificities relating to the built areas and 'social fabric' of the cities in East Asia;
  • clarify notions on urban revitalization in historical districts by the elaboration of a specific glossary in order to find a common language at the regional level, while taking into account the shared values set out in the UNESCO and UN-HABITAT international documents on urban governance;
  • help local professionals to improve their methods of intervention through a presentation of methodological themes, concrete tools and international references; and
  • create a website and an e-forum.

Host Institution

Yonsei University UNESCO Chair website.



UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Office Beijing.


Prof. Kim Han-Joong, Yonsei University
Work Phone - +82-2-2123-5741
Fax - +82-2-362-6444
- Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu
City - Seoul
Postal Code
- 120-749
Country - Korea