BEST PRACTICES

Best Practice: Monitoring the Historic Centre of Porto World Heritage
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2014
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Portuguese Commission for UNESCO
Description: In accordance with the Management Plan (2010), the city of Porto undertakes a regular monitoring process in order to fight and overcome irregularities, helping to promote and ensure the historical and architectural authenticity of buildings and the promotion of the aesthetic and functional quality of the classified area.

Key Words: Monitoring; Management Plan; Historic Centre of Porto
Links/PDF: https://issuu.com/cbc_unesco_pt/docs/unesco_portugal_e_o_patrim__nio_mun
 

Best Practice: Guides for Young People through the Historic Centre of Porto World Heritage
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2014
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Portuguese Commission for UNESCO
Description: “Porto World Heritage step by step. From S. Bento Station to Casa do Infante” and “Porto World Heritage step by step. From Praça dos Leões to Casa do Infante” are two guides designed to support visits to the oldest and more charismatic monuments and streets of the Historic Centre of Porto, Morro da Sé and Morro da Vitória. The guides are designed for young people, aged 9-15 years old. Their content includes both historical references and recreational/educational activities aimed at increasing the young generation’s awareness regarding the importance of protecting, preserving and safeguarding World Heritage.

Key words: Education; Awareness-raising; Historic Centre of Porto
Links/PDF: https://issuu.com/cbc_unesco_pt/docs/unesco_portugal_e_o_patrim__nio_mun
 

Best Practice: “My Porto is World Heritage”
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2014
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Portuguese Commission for UNESCO
Description:  This project aims at raising awareness of 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers about the importance of preserving the Historic Centre of Porto through a continuous approach during four sessions: the 1st, in the classroom, during which the meaning, value and different types of World Heritage are explained; the 2nd, through a walking guided visit to the site, to identify its major characteristics; the 3rd, in the classroom, to watch Patrimonito films, in which the diversity and the need for preservation of World Heritage are exploited; and the 4th, in which students participate in an activity of artistic expression stimulating both the creativity and recognition of details about the World Heritage site of Porto.  

Key words: Education; Awareness-raising; Historic Centre of Porto
Links/PDF: https://issuu.com/cbc_unesco_pt/docs/unesco_portugal_e_o_patrim__nio_mun
 

Best Practice: Action Program of Urban Rehabilitation of Morro da Sé District – CH.1
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2012
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Organization of World Heritage Cities
Description:  Urban rehabilitation of Morro da Sé in order to implement a project highlighting social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions and revealing how necessary it is to revitalize what the site has to offer.

Key words: Rehabilitation; Revitalization; Historic Centre of Porto
Links/PDF: https://www.ovpm.org/en/action_program_urban_rehabilitation_morro_da_se_ch1
 

Best Practice: Two good practices relating to interventions in public spaces
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2014
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Organization of World Heritage Cities
Description:  Two good practices relating to interventions in public spaces:
1. Redevelopment of the public space known as Eixo Mouzinho/Flores, in the middle of the historic district of the World Heritage, a major link between the lower port area and the riverfront. This project has renovated a cluster of streets that, due to the steeply-sloping terrain, had become somewhat unmanageable and haphazard, transforming it into a better-planned space with an improved landscape, and above all providing a degree of accessibility not hitherto found.
2. Installation of the first tactile crossing in an area with a large volume of motorised and pedestrian traffic, an important aid for the visually impaired.

Key words: Mobility; Public Space; Historic Centre of Porto
Links/PDF: https://www.ovpm.org/es/secretarias_regionales/noticias/folleto_accesibilidad_y_patrimonio_sresm_ocpm
Best Practice: Conservation of multiple occupation buildings
Year of recognition of the best practice: Not available.
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: EUROPA NOSTRA AWARD
Description:  EWH has engaged in the conservation of buildings in multiple occupation, both in its current form and through its predecessor bodies since 1970. It has particular skills in using financial and social tools to bring diverse groups together in agreement around the often complex and expensive conservation of their historic buildings. The majority of dwellings in the World Heritage Site are in tenement (apartment) form and so their conservation is essential to ensuring the state of conservation, authenticity and integrity of the WHS.

Key Words: Conservation; tenement.
Links/PDF: Not available.
 

Best Practice: Shopfront restoration and regeneration.
Year of recognition of the best practice: Not available.
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Description:  
We consider the impact of the city at eye level to be critical to the understanding of the everyday person of the city. Consequently we have built up experience in bringing about the conservation and repair of historic shopfronts on key routes. There are particular challenges in relation to this typology due to the relationship between land owner and tenant, language, cultural values and knife-edge economics.
 
Key Words: Conservation; shopfronts.
Links/PDF: Not available.
 

Best Practice: Community engagement in conservation.
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2010
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Inter-American Development Bank
Description:  EWH has long taken the bottom up approach to conservation, with the view that local actors and stakeholder need to provide the impetus for conservation. A failure to gain strong community engagement at an early stage tends to lead to disengagement and a lack of sustainability in the project. Nearly all EWH projects have community engagement built into them to one degree or another.

Key Words: Community; engagement; stakeholder; conservation.
Links/PDF: https://publications.iadb.org/bitstream/handle/11319/5108/thesustainabilityofurbanheritagepreservation.pdf?sequence=1
 

Best Practice: Conservation and change of public spaces / realm.
Year of recognition of the best practice: Not available.
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Not available.
Description:  The main public interest in a city is in the public spaces, which form the setting to their historic buildings. Small changes in historic spaces and lead to fundamental shifts in perception and behavior. Our work in public spaces in focused around encouraging these shifts, from simple changes in lighting to complex engineering works (such as with the National Museum steps). 

Key Words: Public spaces; public realm; behaviour.
Links/PDF: Not available.
 

Best Practice: Energy efficiency in historic buildings.
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2009
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: CIC Start Online
Description:  We recognized early on the importance of influencing thinking around energy efficiency in historic buildings on the grounds that poorly considered interventions could be highly damaging to the architectural and historical significance, with consequent impacts on community valorization. Our work has focused on a series of trials in real -life situations to demonstrate what is possible, and has also included community based training, such as draft-proofing traditional windows.

Key Words: Energy efficiency; sustainability; community; intervention.
Links/PDF: Andy Jack (December 2009) - Gilmour's Close: Edinburg
World Heritage Site Low Carbon refurbishment
 

Best Practice: Social monitoring
Year of recognition of the best practice: Not available.
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)
Description:  This is a relatively new area for EWH, in which we are seeking to understand and measure the social impact of bringing groups of owners together in the conservation of their buildings.
Projects are often evaluated through the tangible outcomes they deliver, described as quantitative. But they also deliver substantial qualitative social outcomes that are more difficult to assess because they are intangible. To assess social outcomes, it is crucial to set up an engagement strategy in order to evaluate the project impact on the community and individual behaviours and perceptions. Analysing the situation before and after the project will help define the changes that happened thanks to it.

Key Words: Energy efficiency; sustainability; community; behaviour; engagement.
Links/PDF: https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/SEEP
 

Best Practice: International Programme (capacity building and training).
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2018
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: RIAS and IHBC recognise EWH as a CPD content provider.
Description:  EWH’s International Programme focuses on capacity buildings within and outwith the organization. Based on our analysis of Edinburgh World Heritage core competencies, apparent needs within the city, and the availability of national and international examples of best practices, we focus on:
1. Historic city management
2. Sustainable tourism
3. Traditional buildings trades
4. Community engagement
We are expanding our training remit within our international project work to include more work with young people through educational programmes, and the first week-long Heritage Leadership School to teach leadership skills in the heritage management sector. We are also growing our expertise in GIS and are developing a policy agenda regarding sustainable tourism. Moreover, EWH delivers a series of continuing professional development (CPD) training sessions open to conservation architects, heritage professionals, students, and anyone else interested in learning more about topics relating to Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. Topics so far include stonework, fire and heritage buildings, and maintenance.

Key Words: Training; capacity building; conservation; skills; young people.
Links/PDF:   http://www.ihbc.org.uk/learning/cpd_providers/index.html
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Best Practice: Management Plan of the Historic Centre of Florence
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2017
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS International
Description:  "In January 2016, the City Council adopted a new Management Plan for the Historic Centre of Florence, produced following wide community consultation (2013-15), and including the Buffer Zone approved in July 2015. The plan aims "not only to preserve but to enhance the integrity and authenticity of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Historic City of Florence", grounded in sustainable development and elaborated around three core themes: Knowing, Living, and Safeguarding the property. It identifies five key objetives, Credibility, Conservation, Capacity Building, Communication and Communities; and five major risks or threats:
  • Congestion of the historic centre due to mass tourism
  • Conservation of the monumental heritage
  • Urban Transport and air pollution
  • Danger of flooding of the river Arno and risks connected with climate change
  • Depopulation of residents in the historic centre.
Related to the core themes, 24 specific projects are identified for delivery within 1-6 yearsm and review of the plan is envisaged on a five-year cycle. All the key objectives of the plan and risks that one would expected are adressed in the Plan, which at 104 pages (plus appendices) is commendably strategic and readable, despite the potential volume of available data. Emphasis is placed on the virtuous circle of planning, implementation, monitoring, and review, which in turn informs further action. Implementation is supported by funding raised from city tourist taxes and from the state." (Extract from the UNESCO/ICOMOS Advisory Mission report 2017).

Key words: Management Plan; Historic Centre of Florence
Links/PDF: http://www.firenzepatrimoniomondiale.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Piano-gestione-en-web.pdf
http://www.firenzepatrimoniomondiale.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/mis-174-may2017.pdf
Best Practice: Development of the Bassins district afloat
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2012
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Organization of World Heritage Cities
Description:  Design of a global urban project based on the spirit of places, the participation of all potentially affected stakeholders (negotiated town planning) and the invention of operational tools aimed at the sustainable involvement of these actors in the project.

Key Words: Not available.
Links/PDF: https://www.ovpm.org/fr/amenagement_du_quartier_des_bassins_flot
 

Best Practice: Gallienus Palace
Year of recognition of the best practice: Not available.
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: Organization of World Heritage Cities
Description:  Burdigala, nowadays Bordeaux, was founded in the 6th Century B.C. The Bituriges Vivisques, a gallic tribe coming from the region of Bourges, settled around 50 B.C. when Rome established its sovereignty over Aquitania, making the city the most important administrative centre of South-West and one of the most opulent cities in the whole Gaul. Many constructions were carried out (aqueducts, thermal baths, forum, temples…) but only visible remains are those of the amphitheatre known as the Gallienus Palace. Built between the second half of the 1st century and the end of the 2nd century AD, it was used for gladiator games and could accommodate about 22.000 people.
The amphitheatre was abandoned in the 3rd century AD and nothing was done to preserve the monument until the 19th century. A research program, including archaeological excavations, is underway. It will allow visitors to access the site.

Key Words: Not available.
Links/PDF: Not available.
 

Best Practice: 2008 Valorisation du patrimoine «Bordeaux inventorie ses paysages urbains pour un PLU sur mesure»
Year of recognition of the best practice: 2008
Entity responsible for the recognition of the best practice: 
Territoria, Observatoire national d l'innovation publique:
 
http://www.territoria.asso.fr/
 
Description: Dans les quartiers situés entre les cours et les boulevards, en périphérie du secteur sauvegardé, procéder au recensement exhaustif à la parcelle des ensembles d’intérêt pour encadrer leur évolution et obtenir un règlement « sur mesure » à intégrer dans le PLU.
 
Key Words: Patrimoine, Inventaire, plannification urbaine
Links/PDF: http://www.bordeaux2030.fr/bordeaux-unesco/valorisation-label/mission-recensement