Historic Cities in the Age of Globalisation
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The presentation will examine through a number of examples the rapid disappearance of our historic urban heritage as a result of exponential city growth and increasing globalisation. In the opinion of the speaker, there is enough evidence to support the conclusion that our great grandchildren will not see much of this heritage left.
In order to understand the reasons for this progressive and unrelenting obliteration, the presentation will look at what has gone wrong with international planning approaches and practices. It will further advocate a change of course in the way of developing and managing cities if our urban heritage is to survive into the foreseeable future.
This change must begin with a reconsideration of our approach to city planning, where the human dimension and the interest of communities should come first, and where private resources should be gradually channelled towards harmonious and compatible forms of urban development.
The conclusion of the presentation is that an alternative is possible to the current urban emphasis on unlimited economic growth, run-away motorised traffic and iconic architecture and that such change must start with the historic cities, which are today at the very centre of a global crisis leading to their irreversible transformation and loss