Posts Tagged adaptive reuse

Challenges of Heritage Conservation in the Developing World and Urban Impact Investment (Part 1)

As the new and rapidly growing urban areas of the developing world reach to build dynamic, competitive cities, promoting heritage conservation is a central issue – not just for foreign tourism, as is often thought – but also for promoting livelihoods, economic development, cultural identity and urban […]

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Beirut’s Real Estate Boom and Its Heritage Buildings: Tragedy, Development or Both?

The Financial Times article “Property boom raises fears for Beirut heritage” points up the struggle going on in developing country cities all over the world. In the absence of a strategy to leverage heritage buildings into value for the city, residents and also developers, often these buildings […]

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Amplifying Innovation in Our Cities Ourselves: A Review on Two Urban Exhibits in NYC

In cities everywhere, our own New York City included, communities are developing a myriad of ways to live together resourcefully and comfortably. These innovative mindsets in sustainable urban living are undoubtedly necessary to ensure the recovery and continuation of human society on Earth; as William Gibson said, “The future is here. […]

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Culture and Urban Regeneration

Not all city center revitalization projects are big-budget, high-end and large scale. Urban heritage districts need revitalized housing, market and commercial areas, social infrastructure, physical infrastructure and services to rebuild deteriorating communities. They also need cultural institutions. This New York Times article is a great example of […]

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Urban Treasures: Under-The-Radar in Kolkata

One of Kolkata’s special features among Indian cities is the way its cultural and historical fabric extends beyond a singular city center, or a walled medieval old town into several city neighborhoods throughout Central and North Kolkata. Most of these neighborhoods are dense districts providing housing for […]

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A Fresh Foray into Revitalizing an Inner City Historic District

Nizammuddin Basti is a dense residential neighborhood that surrounds the religiously significant Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in South Delhi. Two notable revitalization efforts are taking place in this area, a dense neighborhood supporting a large low-income, majority Muslim population. Any redevelopment effort faces the challenge of […]

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