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Building Sustainable Historic Centres: A Comparative Approach for Innovative Urban Projects

Adriana Rabinovich and Andrea Catenazzi

in Urbanization and Development

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590148
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590148.003.0016

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Building Sustainable Historic Centres: A Comparative Approach for Innovative Urban Projects

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Since the 1980s, the promotion of heritage values has gradually become a relevant issue for urban planning. The need to turn the historic centres into areas of development for the market, through legislative measures and investments in infrastructure and services, and the re-evaluation of the heritage value of existing buildings, oscillated between policies which, linked to the mechanisms of economic and cultural globalization, promoted tourism as a source of revenue while striving to find alternatives to gentrification.The goal of this chapter is to gain a better understanding of the major challenges of the rehabilitation of inner areas with heritage values within the framework of ‘innovative’ approaches to urban planning, aiming at promoting sustainable living conditions. The reflexion is based on the comparative and transdisciplinary analysis of the decision-making processes of concrete interventions in different cities of the world: Buenos Aires, La Havana, and Bangkok.

Keywords: access to the city; decision-making; heritage values; historic centres; innovative planning; sustainable development; urban governance; urban planning; JEL classification; N90

Chapter.  7298 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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