Urban Heritage Strategies course
This Urban Heritage and Strategies short course consists of 2 parts. Part I is offered remotely (online) in the summer of 2020. Part II takes place on campus in the Netherlands in the summer of 2021.
The current course is tailored to four World Heritage Cities, designated by UNESCO: Willemstad (Curaçao), Paramaribo (Suriname), Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Sawahlunto (Indonesia). The course participants should either work in or have profound knowledge of the selected cities for this course.
The countries in which the cities are located, have a partnership on heritage conservation with the Netherlands. For that reason, the Dutch government provides a full tuition fee waiver for selected applicants of this course. Admitted candidates will receive additional information on how to apply for the waiver.
UHS post-graduate diploma is obtained after successful completion of part 1 and part 2.
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August 3 - August 14, 2020
August 2 – August 6, 2021
Lectures, discussions, assignments
Field excursions, symposium, group work
In cities all around the world, built heritage is under pressure from either over- or under development, climate change and water challenges. Especially World Heritage Cities struggle to combine desired conservation with necessary development. Meanwhile, we may observe that heritage plays an increasingly important role in the present-day city. It reflects the image of a society, reveals stories about its past and fosters the cultural identity of a city. If managed properly heritage can effectively contribute to the urban quality and serve as a vital asset for future development.
Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) aims to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. The course is developed by IHS in close cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. The curriculum draws upon the different IHS specialisations and the knowledge of experts of the Cultural Heritage Agency. UHS develops the capacity of participants in terms of cognitive knowledge and practical skills to perform management of historic urban cores. It also aims at the exchange of experience with fellow participants and wants to build professional networks.
How will I learn?
The course is developed by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (EUR - Erasmus University Rotterdam) in close cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Department of Architectural Engineering of Delft University of Technology. The curriculum draws upon the different IHS specialisations and the knowledge of experts of the Cultural Heritage Agency TU-Delft.
The short course on Urban Heritage Strategies consists of 2 parts.
Part I (online)
Part I is offered remotely and consists of online activities, including interactive lectures and discussions, group work and individual self-study components and assignments. The online course takes place between August 3rd and 14th, 2020. Part I is directed towards three learning objectives.
- Cognitive knowledge on ‘integrated conservation’ in the context of World Heritage Cities
- Applicable skills (Assessing tools for the preparation of a strategic plan in the context of World Heritage Cities)
- Besides that, you will already start to build and expand your professional networks by means of group work and peer learning.
The themes and tools will be covered from both a generic perspective and from a World Heritage-perspective. You will apply the obtained knowledge by means of individual and/or group assignments, which will be assessed individually and/or by means of presentations.
Part II (face-to-face)
Part II builds upon the lessons learned during the online course (Part I) and takes place in a face-to-face setting in the Netherlands for the duration of one week in the summer 2021 (August 2nd – August 6th). The content of the training is tailored around a case study approach. You will work on your World Heritage City, following the steps of the Strategic Planning Methodology. Besides that, field excursions and a symposium with leading experts in the field will take place during this week.
What will I learn?
In cities all around the world, built heritage is under pressure from either over- or under development, climate change and water challenges. Especially World Heritage Cities struggle to combine desired conservation with necessary development. Meanwhile we may observe that heritage plays an increasingly important role in the present-day city. It reflects the image of a society, reveals stories about its past and fosters the cultural identity of a city. If managed properly heritage can effectively contribute to the urban quality and serve as a vital asset for future development. UHS develops the capacity of participants in terms of cognitive knowledge and practical skills to perform management of historic urban cores. It also aims at the exchange of experience with fellow participants and wants to build professional networks.
Overall questions which guide Part I and Part II of the course are:
- What are the development opportunities and what are the development threats for the World Heritage City?
- How to manage the interests of all different stakeholders?
- How can the Outstanding Universal Value of the site support social cohesion?
- What is the economic significance of the Heritage Attributes?
- Which are the environmental constraints of the listed site?
Throughout the course (Part I and II), you will critically reflect on which strategies work in which contexts and the reasons behind it.
Part I (online)
Part I of Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) aims to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. The online course covers a range of topics (economic, social, environmental and morphology & design) and tools (planning and governance) and connects them with urban heritage management in World Heritage Cities. In this way, urban management tools will be brought into relation with heritage conservation and vice versa. You will learn about the potentials, challenges, and risks the World Heritage Cities face. At the end of Part I of UHS you will be able to explain how different urban disciplines interact with heritage conservation. You will get to know specific urban heritage conservation approaches, like the Historic Urban Landscape Approach, and learn about Heritage Impact Assessment tools.
Part II (face-to-face)
In Part II you will refresh and apply the gained knowledge of the online course. Based on the first draft of your strategic plan for your case study of Part I, you will be guided to further develop a strategic plan. This means that as a participant, you will learn to critically reflect on and apply urban heritage strategies to your own practice which involves the consideration of different perspectives of related disciplines to your local case. At the end of Part II, you will have a draft version of a strategic plan for your World Heritage City which can build the base for future policy documents of your city.
Am I suitable for this training course?
If you are engaged in urban management or heritage conservation as a government official, working for the private sector or at an NGO; if you are working as a consultant, advisor or lecturer; when you are an academic researcher in urban management or heritage conservation, then this is the right course for you.
In addition to that, the participants to this course should either work in or have profound knowledge of the selected World Heritage cities.
Please check our admission requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the course.
Typically, but not exclusively, the following thematic areas are covered.
- Outstanding Universal Values and their Attributes
- Management Plans
- Historic Urban Landscape Approach
- Heritage Impact Assessment
- Urban planning and governance
- Public-private partnerships
- Local economics
- Community participation
- Adaptive reuse
How to apply
Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? The application will be open from 27th of February 2020 till 30th of June 2020. You will find an “Apply now” button which directs you to the application form on this page. For questions regarding the application procedure and admission requirements, visit our dedicated information page.
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