European Standards for Vocational Training in Urban Regeneration

Our partnership aims at establishing proper and reliable standards of vocational training in integrated urban regeneration. The principle is to provide a basis for thinking about urban regeneration and therefore the partnership involves academics and practitioners. We would like to achieve through provision of manuals containing examples of best practices in urban regeneration form Europe. The project is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci fund to develop a strong partnership and framework for future collaboration; however we are planning to expand the project through a different stream of funding.

In the first year of the project partners exchange know-how in field of urban regeneration as a interdisciplinary subject of didactic and vocational activity, comprising heritage management, financial aspects of regeneration projects, GIS analysis, sustainability and innovative applied urban conservation methods. The main approach will be continuous dialogue between partner institutions during meetings, mutual visits and through exchange of didactic and training materials.

During the second year of the project the partners will develop manuals for practitioners from each partner country focused on different aspects of urban regeneration, based on the most up to date case studies from each partner. This approach will ensure that partners can present good examples of practice in their countries and provide an opportunity to think how these could work in other places.

The final manuals should form a basis for programmes of vocational training and for formulation of uniform standards for vocational training in the field of urban regeneration. Its particular value is in focus on the World Heritage Site Cities, which are required to maintain highly effective management regimes in order to meet standards set up by the Word Heritage Committee, not only in spatial terms, but also social, concerning outreach schemes. The outcomes of the project will be translated into native languages of each partner.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Typology of heritage-led regeneration

Typology of heritage-led regeneration
– case of Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and recommendations for Polish cities

by Aleksandra Jadach - Sepioło, PhD

Although heritage-led regeneration is supposed to be the most appropriate scheme for urban regeneration in Poland, it is still in the beginning. You can find huge repositories of documents, analysis and expertise concerning the cultural, symbolic and the material value of heritage, prepared especially during the communist period with no reference to the regeneration, of course. After the transformation many of these analysis were put on shelves or archives (esp. in towns and medium cities). They are no more used. None takes this kind of documents during programming activities in urban regeneration. The material heritage is treated with no distinction, just as a factor for receiving higher donation for projects. There are only few programs in Poland, in which the richness of the cultural heritage enhanced the new value because of using the traditional techniques of work, materials, etc. Bearing in mind the variety and the value of Polish build-heritage the key element of analysis in the paper is the exemplification of different projects in heritage-led regeneration. The benchmark is the scope of projects realized by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. The choice was rather simple as the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust is one of the most important and recognizable organizations in Europe, active not only in the management of  UNESCO World Heritage Site but also as in fund-raising for a different kind of heritage projects (infrastructural, social, educational, symbolic, etc.) and lobbying for a proper place for the heritage in urban regeneration schemes.
The analysis comprises many aspects: the range of partners involved in the projects (from individual owners to many powerful stakeholders), partners’ role (e.g. renovator, fund-raiser, technical advisor, owner, landscaping), costs of the project, economic and social impact of the project for the site regeneration, etc. The typology prepared on this basis is juxtaposed to the typology of Polish projects with heritage background and this comparison highlights diversity of possibilities for new kinds of projects in Poland.
(whole text of the paper will come soon)

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