Posts Tagged historic city center

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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The Undoing of Dharavi’s Redevelopment

This article in the Economic Times (Calls to scrap Dharavi makeover gain ground) highlights the tailspin that the Dharavi redevelopment plan has been in. Having gone from a proposal that attracted the interest of bidders from all over the world to one that started to repel investors […]

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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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What Is, What Could Be, What Should Be

Hyderabad is home to the glorious monument of Charminar. The monument itself is an important piece of history, culture, architecture and tourism. The neighborhood around it is another story all together… It never fails to surprise us how neighborhoods around key national monuments and tourist attractions in […]

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Kolkata’s Urban Heartbeat

Park Street (Park Street-2 on google maps) is the heart of the city of Kolkata. It is the main commercial drag that connects with the administrative and main commercial area in the city. In spite of its location and relevance, most of its historic colonial buildings are […]

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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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UNESCO’s Sustainable Revitalization Work and Old Delhi

SCA’s meeting with Marina Faetanini, Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences Sector at United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) India was fortunately timed with the release of their report (with UN-HABITAT) on India – part of a series entitled “Historic Districts for All – A […]

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HUDCO’s Hopes for Heritage and Rehabilitation

SCA met with Ramesh K. Safaya, Executive Director for Works & Disposal at the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), a techno-financing institution with an additional lending mandate, to talk about his passion and support for heritage preservation, affordable housing projects and workforce training, which has included […]

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