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Heritage as an Asset for
Inner-City Development

An Urban Manager’s Guidebook

Jean-Paul Corten, Ellen Geurts, Paul Meurs,
Remco Vermeulen (edited by)

Published by NAI010 Publishers, Rotterdam | Paperback | 192 pages | 20x25cm | illustrated (colour) | with contributions by Donovan Rypkema, Spyridon Stavropoulos and Ronald Wall et al | Design: Beukers Scholma, 2014 | ISBN 9789462081161

Heritage is playing an increasingly emphatic role in the development of the contemporary city. It is an important location-determining factor for a new generation of city dwellers, newly developing companies in the service sector and creative industries and also for recreation and tourism. At the same time, unrestrained urban growth is putting historic inner cities under increasingly greater pressure. Accordingly, it is time for a new orientation toward the historic city. How do we utilize a city’s existing qualities for a vital future?

How do we reverse the increasing threats that can be felt in all historical inner cities? What is the economic significance of heritage for a city that wants progress? What possibilities and limitations does heritage offer for the challenges we continually face in our design assignments?

Heritage As an Asset for Inner City Development draws on the broad experience of teachers and participants in the Urban Heritage Strategies course and takes you on a fascinating trip to eight cities around the world: Accra, Jaffna, Moscow, Paramaribo, Pretoria, Pulicat, Recife and Surabaya. Each in their own way, these cities all have historical tie with the Netherlands. This book is the upshot of the first Course on Urban Heritage Strategies that was organized by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the IHS – the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.


• Cees van ’t VeeN
• The image of urban heritage. Strengths / Weaknesses

• Present Challenges, Jean-Paul Corten
• From Monument to Urban Heritage, Paul Meurs
• The image of urban heritage. Opportunities / Threats

Urban Heritage Strategies
• Integrated Conservation, Ellen Geurts and Jean-Paul Corten
• The Economics of Heritage Conservation, Donovan Rypkema, Spyridon Stavropoulos and Ronald Wall
• Urban Heritage and Intervention, Paul Meurs

Case Studies, ed. RMIT
• Recife
• Paramaribo
• Pretoria
• Accra
• Moscow
• Pulicat
• Jaffna
• Surabaya
• List of Heritage Cities
• Biographies
• Further Reading
• Notes
• Image Credits
• Credit 

Jean-Paul Corten
 he is presently employed as senior policy officer at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and is involved in many urban revitalization projects.
Ellen Geurts, MSc currently works at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Paul Meurs he is a partner at SteenhuisMeurs, a research and consultancy firm specialized in heritage and transformation. Since 2006 he is professor of restoration and transformation at Delft University of Technology.
Remco Vermeulen he works as an event manager at Ovation Holland, part of MCI Global, and as a freelancer in the field of heritage management and education.