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Setting the Cultural Heritage Scene: – A Case Study of the Historic City of Nablus
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Integrated cultural heritage conservation into today urban growth and development is a rationale outcome of the increased recognition to cultural heritage and its conservation values. Poverty, low-living conditions and imbalanced urban development between historic and newly developed areas are rapidly increased aspects of the modern rapid urbanization movement. The needs to prevent such aspects combined with recognition of cultural heritage values have introduced cultural heritage conservation as a tool for city growth and poverty alleviation.A case study ‘the Historic City of Nablus, Palestine’ is introduced in the present paper to examine how cultural heritage conservation is possible to contribute in the city growth and development, poverty alleviation, improvement of living conditions and promotion of Historic City image and attractiveness. Site visits and field observations, key informants interviews in addition to documents and maps analyses were a threefold method that used in the case study analyses.The study contributions are introduced to the existing conservation policy as acknowledgments at three different levels: policy; institutional; and, design level. This policy is formulated based on a slow-steps concept and interpreted into a strategic priorities and framework for action in the Historic City. Its strategies introduce a prerequisite need for institutional capacity building based decentralization approach and cross-sectoral collaboration. Civic engagement in the conservation practices and public private partnerships are also presented as two main variables in reaching a sustainable conservation. The findings of the study are hoped to be of direct use strategies and policies of the local authorities, municipalities and local community representatives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , 103 p.
Trita-INFRA. EX, 05-039
Keyword [en]
Palestine, Cultural Heritage, Occupation, Urban Development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87108OAI: diva2:501413
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Regional Planning
2005-03-18, URS's seminar room, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Fine Art
Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-14Bibliographically approved

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