Historic Districts for All
Today, most Indian cities are not just struggling with several developmental challenges, but are also increasingly realizing the need for preservation of tangible and intangible heritage. The methodology proposed by UNESCO and UN-HABITAT suggests that an integrated revitalization approach must be adopted for historic districts, incorporating the improvement in living conditions of the inhabitants, revival and diversification of the economic base, enhancement of cultural diversity and the preservation of the important physical aspect. This requires an understanding of the socio-economic, physical, cultural, and ecological characteristic of the city, along with an awareness of its history and traditions.
UNESCO/UN-HABITAT Toolkit on Historic Districts for All - India
The UNESCO/UN-HABITAT Toolkit Historic Districts for All - India: A Social and Human Approach for Sustainable Revitalization, comprising of a Manual for City Professionals and a Brochure for Local Authorities has been developed with a view to reflect India’s complex and fast changing urban scenario, the structure of local governance, the decision-making chain and the urban reform currently underway through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The Toolkit will help to sensitize local authorities and other local actors (governmental and non-governmental) on the need to balance and harmonize economic and social needs with the original urban design without compromising the identity and authenticity of the historical fabric. It will also be informative on how to simultaneously protect and sustain these historical environments as a living part of the whole city through responsive urban renewal and revitalization policies, strategies and programmes.
There is a need to mainstream the methodology developed and illustrated in the Toolkit, with the aim of consolidating the approach towards socially sustainable urban planning in Indian historical urban areas.
For more information contact:
Ms Marina Faetanini
Programme Specialist in Social and Human Sciences
UNESCO New Delhi