Sustainable “Conservation”

The reuse of historic buildings or site for the development of cultural tourism

Santo Stefano di Sessanio (AQ), Italy

22nd September 2020

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm GMT +2

The conference will take place in one of the most emblematic villages of central Italy, abandoned throughout the twentieth century and returned to the local context thanks to new hospitality models more suited to the conservation of the built environment and the protection of local culture. The conference is aimed at discussing sustainable models of reuse of buildings and historical contexts that we have had a significant impact at the local level thanks to the triggering of new tourist or economic dynamics in general, starting from Italian models and then confronting with examples brought by organizations and from the invited guest countries as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tajikistan.

CONFERENCE

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Sustainable tourism: The recovery of territories and sites of historical value

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Start: 22 Sept, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
End: 22 Sept, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

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Conference Program

RESTORATION WEEK 2020
Conference
TITLE: Sustainable “Conservation”: the reuse of historic buildings or site for the development of cultural tourism
Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Location: Santo Stefano in Sessanio (AQ)

The conference will take place in one of the most emblematic villages of central Italy, abandoned throughout the twentieth century and returned to the local context thanks to new hospitality models more suited to the conservation of the built environment and the protection of local culture.

The conference is aimed at discussing sustainable models of reuse of buildings and historical contexts that we have had a significant impact at the local level thanks to the triggering of new tourist or economic dynamics in general, starting from Italian models and then confronting with examples brought by organizations and from the invited guest countries as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tajikistan.

14:30 – 15:00 Registration and entry of the audience

15:00 – 15:15 Daniel Khilgren
Greetings and presentation of the model Sextantio in Matera and Santo Stefano di Sessanio

15:15 – 15:35 Alessandra Vittorini, Director Fondazione Scuola Beni e Attività Culturali
Superintendent for Archaeological, Artistic and Architectural Heritage and Landscape for L’Aquila and its Seismic Crater 2012-2020
L’Aquila. Back to the future. Cultural Heritage and reconstruction challenges

15:35 – 15:50 Lorena Aldana Ortega, Europa Nostra
Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe: preserving our past, building our future
Robust evidence demonstrates the multiple benefits of reusing heritage places to foster socio economic regeneration and local development. By reusing existing building stock, cultural heritage can also contribute to Europe’s pressing environmental challenges. At a moment when Europe is struggling with an unprecedented crisis, heritage-led regeneration in historic cities, villages and the countryside can become a real ‘game changer’ towards a greener and more sustainable Europe. Through the analysis of relevant case studies within the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards scheme, this intervention will highlight how cultural heritage can be a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe.

15:50 – 16:05 Heidi Shalaby – National Organization for Urban Harmony, Cairo Egypt
Sustainable Conservation of Heritage Sites, The Egyptian Case Studies
And it is present a quike bakeground about the role of the National Organization for Urban Harmony to safegard the Egyption Heritage areas and valiable buildings. In this context, the presentation will incloude three case studies from the Egyptian heritage projects, frist one is the dowentown Cairo as a valiable heritage district, the scond one is the restoration of old buildings in Siwa Oasis and the third one is the mude-bricke village by the international archetect Hassan Fathy in Luxor named El-Gorna.

16:05 – 16:20 Doris Alimerko, Ministry of Culture Albania
Restoration and Urban requalification of the historic city centers of Vlora and Korca
The historical center of Vlora, a coastal city near the Mediterranean Sea was neglected during the last decades, containing 13 cultural monuments, numerous buildings and sites with cultural and historical significance. The revitalization project turned this area into a powerful small business community and made it one of Vlora’s touristic destinations and landmarks. About 20.000 sqm of plazas and pedestrian connections were upgraded, 51 historical buildings restored and 15 informal buildings renewed. The main objective of the project was conservation and rehabilitation of the traditional houses and cultural heritage sites. This intervention brought to light one of the most important historical areas within the city that holds testimony to the city’s past.
On the other hand, the Old Bazaar of Korça is an ensemble of trade, craft, and residential buildings with urban-architectural and artistic values that dates back to the 19th century. The collection of buildings is a testimony to the existence of craftsmen and tradesmen who at that time had a deep influence on the economic and social life of the country. The bazaar has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city, a must-see experience. The restauration portion was completed by October 2015. The businesses operating in the area are still supported with advisory services as well as small grants in order to improve their efficiency and make the best use of the new opportunities which are being created.
Both Vlora and Korca were turned into Tourism Improvement Districts (TIDs) strive to increase the number of overnight visitors and are managed through non-profit steering associations which work with businesses and the local governments. Both these project were founded by the AADF, which has partnered with the Government of Albania and the Municipalities.

16:20 – 16:45 Andrea Dall’Olio, Wolrd Bank
Tajikistan: leveraging historical assets to foster local economic development
Tajikistan, a small, landlocked country in Central Asia is located at the crossroad of several branches of the Silk Road and possesses a rich cultural history. So far a small number of tourists have been attracted to Tajikistan by the Pamir mountains and other unique natural assets, but only recently tourism has been identified as a sector with the potential to create economic opportunities for his population. To support the Government’s efforts, in 2019 the World Bank launched the “Rural Economy Development Project” aimed to develop the regions of Tajikistan along the border with Afghanistan by leveraging tourism as one of the key sectors. The intervention includes the rehabilitation of four major historical sites (among which the iconic fortress of Yamchun in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast), the provision of matching grants for households and small businesses to develop tourism infrastructure (guesthouses, restaurants, rest areas) and capacity building to public and private stakeholders to develop a diversified tourism offer centered around a mix of cultural and natural assets.

16:45 – 16:55 Salvatore Ranucci, Stil’è Magazine attached to Sole 24 Ore24
Presentation of the monographic release Restauro made in Italy 2020

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