| Title: Sustainable development of urban historical areas through an active integration within towns
Contract Type: CSC Contract Number: EVK4-CT-2000-00017 Start Date: 01-12-2000 Duration: 36 months
Problems to be solved
The networks of buildings, monuments, streets, squares and parks uniquely define the European towns and cities that are the palpable, if unconscious, cultural horizon for those who live and work in them. Built heritage, as well as satisfying the mundane requirements of shelter and comfort, brings essential stability and richness to our lives and provides the singular, evolving expression of the achievements, values and identity of specific communities. As a consequence present conservation policies tend more and more to consider entire urban areas as significant pieces of cultural heritage. Yet the preservation and conservation of European historical urban areas raise specific questions. These areas are living systems, involving social dynamics, technical and building networks and the presence of people living in it. Their sound conservation suggests they must be kept within sustainable development activity cycles. As a consequence the active conservation of such historical areas should fall under the present Environmental Impact Assessment directive (97/11/EC) as well as the forthcoming Strategical Environmental Assessment directive (COM (99)73). These procedures will constitute a reference framework within the SUIT research.
Scientific objectives and approach
The SUIT project aims at establishing a flexible and consistent Environmental Assessment methodology to assist with the active conservation of historical areas. This methodology will be designed to help municipalities and local authorities in assessing the suitability of new urban developments which will promote sustainable exploitation of urban and architectural cultural heritage. The methodology will also help to match existing historical areas with current socio-economic requirements, through an active integration of this heritage within new development projects. This general objective has been declined along three tangible research activities : 1) Development of an Environmental Assessment methodology devoted to the active conservation of historical areas, from the identification of urban heritage issues to the evaluation of effectiveness of the adopted conservation measures. 2) Development of tools and methods devoted to historical areas quality analysis, capable to support an objective and reliable Environmental Assessment procedure. 3) Development of knowledge and ability training supports to encourage experts, stakeholders and decision-makers to gain a common urban culture throughout the process of an Environmental Assessment applied to the active conservation of an historical area.
The outcomes of the research will mainly be targeted at municipalities and town councils, which normally lack the expertise to handle complex research prototypes and state-of-the-art techniques. It has thus been considered that the main operational outcome of the project should consist of the camera-ready version of a "Guideline about the Environmental Assessment of the effects of certain plans, programmes or projects upon the heritage value and long-term sustainability of historical area".
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|1||Guideline/Handbook/Code of Practice
||"Guidance for the Environmental Assessment of the impacts of certain plans, programmes
or projects upon the heritage value of historical areas, in order to contribute to their