Topical Seminar, Urban Regeneration in The Americas: The Conservation and Development of Urban Heritage Areas

HSPV 703-401

Topical Seminar, Urban Regeneration in The Americas: The Conservation and Development of Urban Heritage Areas

The research and practice of urban heritage preservation is rapidly moving to a new paradigm focused on the sustainable use of urban heritage sites for social and economic development. City governments and investors increasingly use adaptive rehabilitation approaches to put the urban heritage to contemporary uses. This tend responds to multiple interrelated factors including the growing interest of urban communities to preserve their intangible and tangible heritage that sometimes conflicts with the growing demand for residential, retail, craft production, and office space in historic neighborhoods of cities of all sizes. These issues are at the cutting edge of the research and practice of urban heritage conservation, city planning, urban design and architecture, making their study suited for a multi-disciplinary approach. This seminar focused on the Historic Center of Cartagena, with students conducting research on adaptive reuse, policy, planning, and public spaces that touch base on the intangible and tangible traits of heritage.

A stone tower with a clock and a statue of a man
Crowded street scene with old buildings
Street scene with old buildings covered in graffiti
View of a city from a rooftop
Facades of two old buildings
Man riding a motorcycle past a building with graffiti
View of a busy street with cars and buses
Street scene with a bus station
Photo of an elaborate metal gate
Flower vendors along a walkway
Stenciled text on a wall
Photo of a stone tower with a clock
Photo of an old door with packages set on the ground