The long-term goal of the Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative, is to contribute to the advancement of this area of practice by undertaking research, creating and disseminating key texts, developing and delivering training, and carrying out field projects that address a number of the key challenges affecting the successful conservation of the world's urban heritage. Read More

Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment

Developing criteria for new buildings and assessing contemporary architecture's impact

Urban Conservation Planning in Southeast Asia

Improving urban conservation practice

Organization of World Heritage
Cities Symposia

Developing scientific programs and mayor's workshops for biennial congresses


Identifying challenges and potential partnerships for historic environments


Workshops and training for city officials and urban planners

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Last updated: September 2015