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June 2012

US/ICOMOS 5th International Symposium
"The HUL Approach: The Way Forward"
Patricia M. O'Donnell, FASLA, AICP, ICOMOS, IFLA, Principal, Heritage Landscapes, and
Michael Turner, ICOMOS Israel, UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
San Antonio, TX

This paper, like the presentation in Azerbaijan in April 2012, presented the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) process as a new tool for the management of urban change, change wherein heritage, quality of life, social fabric, economic vitality, tangible and intangible values, and creativity and innovation are all embraced.  Viewing urban heritage as a group of tangible and intangible values at risk, UNESCO's HUL offers an integrated approach to the dynamic nature of living cities, with protection and sustainable management of that heritage as the way forward.  HUL establishes a broader framework for our global commonwealth of urban heritage, through recognition that tangible and intangible heritage is valued for differing reasons and motivations by politicians, residents, tourists, developers, employers, government officials, and the preservation community.  The HUL approach asserts that the conservation of urban heritage is a shared integrative undertaking that affirms this significant heritage as a sustainable element of the future. 

This paper, on one hand explored the application of these four groups of tools set forth in HUL, and on the other measure their effectiveness in continuing values of the urban heritage. Identifying the current shared heritage within a comprehensive environment will provide for spatial, in addition to temporal, sustainability.  This needs to be attained through the consideration of the processes at work and the management of change through the cultural integration of socio-economic policies focused on the valued urban places and pervading their local, national and international communities.


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