Walled Cities, open Societies: Managing Historic Walls in urban World Heritage properties

In January 26-27 2017 the Office of the World Heritage site of Florence will participate in the workshop Walled Cities, open Societies: Managing Historic Walls in urban World Heritage properties, hosted by the City of Siena and organized by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice, Italy), in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

The workshop aims at promoting the sharing of relevant experience among city managers, scholars/researchers and other relevant practitioners, and at developing their capacities to manage this heritage for the benefit of local communities. Special attention will be paid to exploring the links between culture and sustainable development, highlighting how heritage-based innovative approaches can serve urban development and regeneration.

The workshop will explore the integration of walled historic cities’ specific built heritage in their urban and socio-economic environment, including the relevant planning and institutional frameworks. It will look into how modern needs are addressed in a historic setting, through a series of thematic panels and case studies focusing on different links between development issues and heritage values, with special focus on World Heritage walled cities in Europe.

The meeting will also be an opportunity to strengthen cooperation among participating cities, universities, and other relevant actors, with a view to develop partnerships for promotion, research and innovation, and resource mobilisation.

Expected participants in the workshop are mayors and other representatives of the managing authorities from selected World Heritage cities in Europe, notably city planners; scholars and researchers; World Heritage focal points at country level; together with UNESCO staff and other international resource persons.

Source: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/venice/about-this-office/single-view/news/walled_cities_open_societies_managing_historic_walls_in_ur/