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Prof. Despina Dimelli

Technical University of Crete, Greece

Title: New approaches in historic centers preservation


Historic and cultural landscapes are an invaluable part of each state’s heritage and important to preserve and protect for future generations. The key to understand and manage historic urban environments is the recognition that the city is a subject to dynamic forces in the economic, social and cultural spheres that shaped it and keeps shaping it.

Today for the preservation of the urban historic landscape, strategic and dynamic alliances need to be built between various actors in the urban scene, foremost between public authorities that manage the city and developers and entrepreneurs that operate in the city.

The special session will focus on issues as:

  • Case studies of the past and the present for the historic centers preservation. What can we learn from the past? Which planning principles are followed today?
  • How can we integrate urban heritage values and their vulnerability status into a wider framework of city development?
  • What is the role of participatory planning and stakeholder consultations to decide on the future of historic centers?
  • What practices can help us undertake a full assessment of the city’s natural, cultural and human resources?
  • Which mechanisms can be used for the coordination of the various activities between different actors?


  1. Assist.Prof. Alexios Tzompanakis, School of Architecture, Technical University of Crete.
  2. Prof. Renzo Lecardane, PhD, Licensed Architect, Architecture and Urban Design Dipartimento di Architettura - Scuola Politecnica dell’Università di Palermo
  3. Prof. Michael Lucas, RA , Professor of Architecture / Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Architecture and Environmental Design California Polytechnic State University
  4. Prof. Mosè Ricci, Composizione architettonica e urbana Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Ambientale e Meccanica Universita di Trento
  5. Prof. Concetta Fallanca, Ordinario di Urbanistica, Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria
  6. Matteo Ieva, Professor in Architectural design, Polytechnic of Bari, Faculty of Architecture
  7. Andrea Palmioli, Visiting Fellow at University of Hong Kong, Division of Landscape Architecture.
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