Transforming Historic City Centres An Integrated Approach of Urban Design & Historic preservation

The most important characteristics of recent century have been technological developments and elatedly rapid urbanization. The wave of urbanisation that is sweeping across the country represents one of the greatest opportunities as well as one of its most serious challenges. This fact has led to many problems like congestion, environmental issues.

The congestion of the city area within the walls along the 19th century and the economic and social crisis of historic centres during most of the 20th century led to their deterioration. Built heritage looked upon exclusively as landmarks of historical value, have been preserved, conserved, restored and renovated over the years, specially because of their cultural value. Historic preservation has been seen for a long time as a field completely separated from Architecture, urban planning and the economic development of a city.

An effort has been made to describe an integrated approach, of preservation and urban design to enhance eminence of the historic city centre. As we integrate traditional architecture in the contemporary context we need to find ways and means to integrate preserved old buildings to act and function on a day to day basis this will be explained through the case studies.

After this study it is seen that the integrated approach including both preservation and urban design could create an urban character that would attract people to use these urban spaces for varying activities throughout the day and also beneficial for economic generation.

Prof Seemantini Soraganvi will be speaking at the 5th International Urban Design Conference – Hilton on the Park in Melbourne 10th – 12th September 2012

The FULL PROGRAM is now available on the conference website

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