Project facts

Duration: 2013-11-01 - 2015-11-01
Project coordinator: Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands)
Project consortium: Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands) Newcastle University (UK) University College of Dublin (Ireland)
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: Built Heritage, Heritage Management, History, Methods - Procedures, Sustainability, Tangible Heritage, Urban Heritage
Budget: 240,000€


  • This project has established a collaborative network of researchers with a common interest in changing practices in urban planning and management of historic cities.
  • It brought together research on planning practices for the historic urban core from three countries to apply a common theoretical framework.
  • It has developed new comparative understandings of evolving practices and their consequences.
  • The method of analysis has brought existing research and scholarship in the three countries into a common cross-national conceptual framework.

Impacts & Results

  • The project has, for the first time, provided a comparative perspective on the management of the historic urban core in Europe. It has provided an empirical understanding of the impacts of contemporary political values on the planning and management of historic urban core in northwest Europe.
  • It has extended the theoretical understanding of heritage management particularly in respect of the application of strategic planning theories and in understanding the extent of ‘conceptual equivalence’ of heritage management in varying cultural conditions.
  • The project has provided practical outputs in terms of lessons on re-writing rules and practices in local strategic planning and management of the historic urban core, particularly in respect of relations between public, private and civil society stakeholders.
  • The practice applicable academic output has been pre-eminently suitable for implementation in the education program of the universities which have participated in this project. The output has been of public domain knowledge and we have encouraged other universities and also other public and private parties to use the output of this project.
  • The project has provided a platform for more in-depth comparative research by the network.


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