Urban Heritage Strategies

General description

In cities all around the world built heritage is under pressure from economic growth, urbanisation, exploding populations, increasing density and climate change. Heritage plays an important role in a city. It reflects an image of the city, reveals stories about its past and gives character and human scale to the city. If understood and managed properly heritage can effectively contribute to the overall quality of urban areas and serve as a vital asset and vector for future urban investments.

Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) aim to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. The courses are 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 knowledge and skills to perform urban management of heritage strategies for inner-city areas as well as having exchanged expertise and experience with fellow participants.

The vision carried through in all topics is the ‘Sustainable regeneration of historical inner cities’. Typically, but not exclusively, the following topics are covered.

  • Urban heritage management
  • Green cities and infrastructure
  • Public private partnerships
  • Local economics
  • Urban planning
  • Gentrification
  • Community participation
  • Land development
  • Adaptive reuse