Design for the Conservation of Cultural heritage in Cities

Supervisors: Prof. Saija Hollmén (Aalto) and Prof. John Fien, Prof. Esther Charlesworth (RMIT) and Industry Mentor Mohammed Habib, Director, Department of Urban and Rural Planning, Zanzibar

Option 1 Mediating Cultural Heritage and Urban Development

Project: The conservation of cultural heritage is essential in maintaining the environment and identities of local communities. However, many sites of cultural heritage are fragile and endangered. For example, the World Heritage listed City of Zanzibar is low-lying and rapidly expanding and, therefore, in urgent need of new approaches to urban planning and design. The project will identify ways of mediating between historical cultural heritage conservation and sustainable urban development.

 

Option 2 Capacity building in cultural heritage sites

Project: Working in partnership with the World bank project “Boosting Inclusive Growth for Zanzibar”, this project focuses on ways of building local capacity to conserve the historical cultural heritage of the city in the face of rapid urbanisation. It will investigate the kinds of urban planning and community participation tools and methodologies that can build capacity for heritage conservation through the transfer of knowledge and embedding the emerging expertise in local practices.

 

Option 3: Disaster risk management of cultural heritage

Project: Cultural heritage is often vulnerable to impacts of climate change. The project investigates how architectural design and urban planning can mitigate disaster risk and improve resilience of endangered cultural heritage in the City of Zanzibar. It seeks to identify how community engagement and raising awareness can strengthen this resilience. It aims at identifying localized methods for building resilience and reducing the impact of climate change in the context of Zanzibar.

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Reference

Aalto-DC2

Research Areas

Architecture, Environment and Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability & Urban Planning, Cultural Heritage & Urban Conservation

Research Host

Aalto University

PhD awarding institution/s

Aalto University & RMIT University

RMIT University

Other Vacancies

Supervisors

Prof. Tor Helge Aas (UiA) and Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Agder (UiA) & RMIT University

Supervisors

Prof. Tor Helge Aas (UiA) and Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Agder (UiA) & RMIT University

Supervisors

Prof. Mikko Pynnönen (LUT) and Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT) Juha Kauppinen (Mikkeli Development, Miksei Ltd)

PhD awarding institution/s

Lappeenranta – Lahti University of Technology (LUT) & RMIT University

RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains