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World Heritage City Lab: Urban Heritage and Traditional Building Practices for Sustainable Development

12-14 September 2022
© Ayuntamiento de Cordoba, UNESCO, WMF

On 12, 13 and 14 September 2022, the World Heritage City Lab in Cordoba wrapped up the celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation). The event was organised by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, World Monuments Fund Spain, and the Municipality of Cordoba, with the collaboration of American Express, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and ICOMOS Spain. The event took place in a hybrid format, both online and on-site.

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The event addressed the topics of traditional building practices and local communities to discuss holistic historic city management for resilience and sustainable development. It presented a mosaic of cases from around the world addressing intertwining topics in historic cities and their sustainable management of heritage, adaptation and resilience, and the engagement of local communities. The objective was to discuss transversality and coordinated strategies for the historic city in the current context. Experts and professionals exchanged with the private sector, academia and civil society and explored the replicability of previous experiences and recommendations, discussed their relevance at a global scale and defined new ways for collaborative action.

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Opening

12 September 2022

The World Heritage City Lab was opened by the Director of World Heritage, UNESCO, His Excellence the Mayor of Cordoba, and Most Illustrous Lectoral Canon of the Cathedral Chapter of Cordoba, amongst others. The opening was followed by keynote lectures by the Deputy Director of World Heritage and the architect-conservator of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

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Sustainability and resilience

Morning of 13 September 2022

Master lectures by Dr Hassan Radoine, Director of the School of Architecture, Planning and Design at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Morocco, and Dr Bakonirina Rakotomamonjy, architect, associate researcher and Project specialist at CRAterre, AE&CC, ENSAG, University of Grenoble-Alpes, France. The lectures were followed by a conversation and round table discussion including heritage experts, researchers and practitioners Laura Lieto, Jose Marquez and Raul Valles. 

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Governance and communities

Afternoon of 13 September 2022

Master lectures by Dr Minja Yang, heritage expert, and Lorena Perez and Natalia Cruz, from Fundación ProCultura, Chile. The lectures were followed by a conversation and round table discussion including heritage experts, researchers and practitioners Julia Rey, Felipe Manosalvas, Zhou Jian and Gaia Redaelli. 

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Economy and tourism / Global and local 

14 September 2022

Master lectures by Dr Christian Ost, President, Raymond Lemaire International Conservation Centre, KU Leuven, and Greg Richards, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University. The lectures were followed by a conversation and round table discussion including heritage experts, researchers and practitioners Erminia Sciacchitano, Dina Shehayeb and Patricia Rodriguez. Closing remarks by UNESCO, World Monuments Fund and the City of Cordoba.

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When

Monday, 12 September 2022
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

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Where
Cordoba, Spain