Living (World) Heritage Cities at the European Association for Archaeologists in Bern

September 4, 2019 - 9:00am to September 7, 2019 - 5:00pm [AST -04:00]


Centre for Global Heritage and Development

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Centre for Global Heritage and Development Conference


The Centre for Global Heritage and Development organizes a session on archaeological heritage management and governance at the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Archaeologists in Bern.

With the majority of people living in cities and numbers of urban dwellers increasing daily, national and international policies are being directed towards stimulating livable and sustainable futures for cities. Many metropolises have a historic origin and developments through time have influenced development of the cities. Modern city life, however, constantly asks for adaptations and internal dynamics change city appearances and functions. Especially in the case of World Heritage cities adaptations are significant. The desire to assign a World Heritage status to living cities may overshadow the awareness of possible implications for the city and its inhabitants. It also raises questions whether studying the diversity of long-term urban traditions effectively informs design for sustainable urban futures, whether it is possible to find a balance between an authentic and a dynamic city life and who the stakeholders are and how are they involved in new developments.

This session crosses disciplinary and geographical boundaries in order to generate synergizing discussions on meaning and implications of ‘World Heritage Listing’, ‘Living Heritage’, ‘Outstanding Universal Values’, ‘Integrity’, ‘Place Making’, ‘Sustainable Planning’ and ‘Authenticity’.