Tuesday, March 20, 2018

27 March 2018: Workshop on "Sustainable Cities through Heritage Revival: Asian Case Studies"

Olga Chepelianskaia
Founder of UNICITI and Program Manager of Seher Intach

Indian cities face an unprecedented urbanization pressure (50% of India’s population will reside in cities by 2050, UN), which reflects in a rapid and uncontrolled built infrastructure development. Such development often takes place at the expense of natural eco-systems, human scale and cultural distinctiveness, which in turn significantly compromises sustainability, resilience, social cohesion, inclusiveness and economic opportunities. Climate change and extreme weather events further exacerbate negative effects of this unsustainable urbanization process and further deepen poverty and vulnerability in cities. In this context, achieving the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda targets imperatively comes to reviving and harnessing on cities’ unique natural and cultural assets. Yet, the potential of built heritage to address urban development challenges in India has hardly been explored and tapped into.

A number of Asian cities have however demonstrated that such a joint approach unlocks the rich potential of heritage to bring wide economic, social and environmental benefits at both the national and the local level. SEHER INTACH initiated a series of related analytical case studies with the objective of identifying successful heritage integrating policies, institutional set ups and interventions. This talk presents selected Asian cities’ cases and highlights how these learnings could apply to the Indian context.

SEHER INTACH – Sustainable Cities through Heritage Revival – is an integrated urban initiative launched by INTACH in 2017 to respond to equally critical needs of preventing built heritage from demolition and of ensuring that urbanization is inclusive, human scale and environmentally sustainable in India.

Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 03:45 P.M.

Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

This workshop is free and there is no registration required.


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