PICH – project summary

The PICH project aims to provide a much-needed development of the state of the art on the impact of wider forces on the management of the urban cultural heritage in the context of the different mix of models of urban planning found in the four case study countries (UK, NL, IT, NO). In particular, the project will be able to explain changes in the management of the urban cultural heritage and their effects in relation to different dominant models of urban governance and planning. It will also explain more explicitly the relation between the planning and management of the tangible heritage to the intangible place identity. The associate partners will assist in extending the findings to other countries and testing the relevance of findings in places where there is a different mix or approach to urban planning.

The central objective of this proposal is to understand how reforms in urban governance and planning are affecting the management of the cultural heritage; to identify the consequences for place identity; and to explain how practice can respond most effectively to promote more sustainable management of the cultural heritage. The PICH project will provide a platform where academic, government and civil society partners can explore and share knowledge about these processes, learn about both good and bad experiences under very different conditions, and understand the potential for transferability of solutions.

The project aims to answer following research questions:

  1. How is the governance and planning of the historic built environment changing in response to external forces?
  2. How are relationships between the physical built heritage and the intangible cultural heritage, particularly place identity, considered in the governance of the urban heritage?
  3. What are the consequences of governance reform for the historic urban environment and the intangible cultural heritage, notably collective place identity?
  4. How can policy makers and other stakeholders best take account of place identity when planning the physical transformation of cities, and with what tools?

Download the full proposal here


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