22.12.2017 - UNESCO Venice Office

Walled Cities, Open Societies second regional workshop. Registration is now open

Ivo Glavas - Sibenik, Croatia

The second workshop on “Walled Cities, Open Societies: Managing Historic Walls and Fortifications in Urban World Heritage Properties in Europe” will take place in Šibenik, Croatia from 5- 6 March 2018. This year’s meeting will focus on means to implement the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape within World Heritage properties with significant presence of historic walls, fortifications and fortified urban areas. Potential participants are invited to register to the workshop by 4 February 2018.

High-level representatives of 25 cities from all over Europe met in Siena (Italy) on 26-27 January 2017. The meeting was convened by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and hosted by the City of Siena, to discuss the management of urban areas within historic walls in World Heritage properties. It focused on the current role and functions of historic walls and on their new symbolic values. Their impact on community involvement, participatory approaches and the integration of historic walls within broader site management systems were discussed through keynote presentations and debates, during an intense and fruitful 2-day programme.

Building on the cooperative atmosphere of the Siena event, the Ministry of Culture of Croatia offered to host a second workshop in order to reinforce networking among relevant cities and further advance their capacities on the management of this specific cultural heritage. The workshop is hosted by the Šibenik-Knin County and organized by UNESCO, through its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Croatia, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO and the Mediterranean UNESCO Chairs Network - MUNCH. 

This second workshop especially aims to improve the participants’ knowledge about the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach and facilitate its implementation by sharing experiences and introducing tools, particularly in urban areas within and around historic walls and fortifications. It will also contribute to reinforcing networking among relevant cities, raising awareness on importance to adequately manage historical walls within broader urban contexts, and further advancing their capacities on the management of this specific cultural heritage through the HUL approach.

The Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation, approved in 2011, defines “Historic Urban Landscape” as an “urban area […] result of a historic layering of cultural and natural values and attributes, extending beyond the notion of ‘historic centre’ or ‘ensemble’ to include the broader urban context and its geographical setting”. It provides the basis for a comprehensive and integrated approach for the identification, assessment, conservation and management of urban heritage within an overall sustainable development framework and seeks to increase the sustainability of planning and design interventions, by taking into account the existing built environment, intangible heritage and cultural diversity along with local community values.

Safeguarding the Historic Urban Landscape also starts with the understanding and management of the main issues threatening historic cities, such as rapid and uncontrolled urban development, inadequate spatial planning, climate change consequences, market exploitation, and mass tourism. An inclusive management approach, aiming for strategic and dynamic alliances between various actors in the urban scene, shall be enhanced and strengthened, shaping communities identity and helping creation of a future vision, in line with the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Are expected to participate in the workshop: representatives of city governments (mayors, deputy mayors, city councillors) or other managing authorities of selected World Heritage properties in Europe with significant presence of historic walls and fortifications; city professionals; UNESCO Chair holders in the field of urban preservation and regeneration; among other participants.

Participation to the workshop is free of charge, prior submission and acceptance of the registration form accessible on the workshop’s website. A maximum of 50 requests for registration by qualified applicants will be retained. Only complete registration forms will be considered. The deadline for registration is: 4 February 2018, 12pm (Central European Time).

Website: https://www.walledcities2018.com/




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