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Urban Transformation - Cultural Heritage and Local Economic Development: The Public Sector on the Battlefront?

  • Robert KnippschildEmail author
  • Constanze Zöllter
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Abstract

Many cities of Central and Eastern Europe beyond their booming metropolitan hubs are suffering from stagnation, declining populations and poor economic development. At the same time, these cities frequently possess a rich cultural heritage, which, at a time of digital transformation and congested urban centres, can be an asset in the fight to regain economic competitiveness. Often, however, existing building stock does not meet current residential or commercial needs. Coordination between the public and private sectors, as well as within the public sector, is needed to resolve the conflicting aims of preserving cultural heritage and ensuring local economic development. Currently, the city of Görlitz is striking out in a new direction by articulating and testing a matrix designed to assess both heritage preservation and urban development. The present chapter explains this tool and discusses some initial experiences.

Keywords

Revitalization Urban transformation Cultural heritage preservation Planning instruments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development & Technische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional DevelopmentDresdenGermany

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