Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Urban Heritage Strategies

Tailor-made course in Rotterdam for urban heritage professionals from Russia

18-29 September 2017

Application period closed
The Urban Heritage Strategies course (UHS) is designed on the basis of IHS semi-centennial experience in the spheres of urban development, housing and city planning.

About IHS
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international centre of excellence of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, operating on a global scale by offering post-graduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.

Today more people live in cities than ever before. Our urban future confronts us with great innovations and challenges. Cities need urban professionals who can understand, face and manage these developments to create urban futures that improve the quality of life in cities. IHS trains and advises these professionals on a global scale through its integrated approach in education, advisory services and research that offers practice and theory on urban management and development.

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Course description

Urban Heritage Strategies is a two-week course for professionals, interested in understanding the best world practices and learning to use them in real projects in their local countries.

Heritage plays an important role in a city; it reflects an image of the city, reveals stories about its past and gives character. If understood and managed properly, heritage can effectively contribute to the overall quality of urban areas and serve as a vital asset and vector for future urban investments.
This two- week course on Urban Heritage Strategies gives a base for a better understanding of the complex relationship between the urban development and heritage management.

Strategic partner: the RCE (The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands) is involved in listing, preserving, sustainably developing and providing access to the most valuable heritage. Being the link between policymakers, academics and practitioners, RCE provides advice, knowledge and information.

Unique features
Action planning methodology
Action planning is a unique methodology, which enables participants to tackle a larger challenge in the field of urban heritage and spatial planning. It helps to define what the actual problem is and to develop an action plan, which is a realistic first step to take on a larger challenge that otherwise seems unmanageable.
Case studies
There will be two case studies: one in Rotterdam on which the participants will work in groups, each group from a different perspective. It will be a case study to which the participants can relate, and from which they can learn the Dutch approach and apply it in their work back home. The second case of Moscow Lefortovo area will be used as an example of intercultural approach to public space development.
Multidisciplinary approach
You will not only be looking at heritage management in an urban context, but also to different themes and perspectives: economics, social, intervention and design, sustainability and water management. Integrated conservation approach is relevant because with an urban heritage or spatial planning challenge there are always a number of stakeholders involved with their own goals.
Tailored forRussia
The programme is tailored so that the knowledge can be perfectly applied in Russia. There will be top-level local experts, whose goal is to teach participants to use the UHS experience in their local countries.
Rotterdam case comparison with the Russian one is another tool to keep the course related to country pecularities.
Training topics
The Urban Heritage Strategies course consists of five interrelated and complementary themes. The approach of integrated conservation is multidisciplinary and comprehensive by nature. Given the limited timeframe, all topics are dealt with briefly only – the main purpose is to map out the complexities and interlinkages of heritage in particular relating it to urban management.
Urban Heritage Management
Aim: Identifying strategies to optimize the use of cultural heritage for future needs
a) how can historical features be identified and valued?
b) what are their potentials?
c) how can benefits for society be optimized (policies, treaties, other strategies)
d) what is the role of local, national and international heritage policies?
e) how can urban heritage be managed (including reuse)
Economic aspects
Aim: Defining and increasing the economic value of heritage
a) what is the economic position of the inner city, historically and currently?
b) how can economic value of heritage be quantified and enlarged?
c) how can maintenance and (re)development of cultural heritage be financed?
d) which instruments for financing can be applied (including revolving funds)
e) how can the private sector be involved in heritage development and branding?
f) what contribution can heritage bring to economic growth?
Social Aspects and Capacity Building
Aim: Community Driven Revitalization; Gaining insight in the processes of community participation
a) what is the value of sense of place, and how does heritage contribute to this?
b) how does heritage affect inclusion, identity and local commitment?
c) how to implement development strategies?
d) how to recruit the right persons?
e) What are the needs of the retail trade?
f) How to market your aims?
Sustainability and Water Management
Aim: Unraveling the potentials and threats of heritage in its environment
a) which risks does the environment pose on heritage (e.g. climate, water, earthquake)
b) how to adapt heritage environmental (e.g. energy-use) friendly?
c) how can traditional safety measures be employed for environmental risks today?
d) what is the historical relationship between water and heritage in inner cities and how can this be exploited today?
Intervention and Design
Aim: Using historical features for current and future need
a) how to adapt heritage to new functions? (e.g. redesign, financing, finding new uses)
b) what is the role of architects and urban designers in transformation?
All the experts are recognized practitioners, who are involved in various education projects organized by IHS and RCE. Register for the course to learn more about the team.
In addition, there are recognized experts from Russia, whose goal is to add a practical value to course.
The course takes place in Rotterdam – the city with a mix of experimental architecture and unique heritage areas. One of the Top-10 cities of the world (according to NY Times), the biggest European harbour, home to the brightest festivals and much more.
You will work with the real city objects and develop heritage strategies for them following the Action planning method.
2 weeks

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Tuition fee
€1 500
Who is it for?
A mix of professionals from Russia engaged with heritage and urban management issues. Such as: local politicians; civil servants working in heritage, planning, building, infrastructure, tourism, economic, departments: other heritage organisations such as museums etc; academics working around heritage management; NGOs working on heritage; and other relevant experts with work experience.
Admission requirements
1) Professional activity connected to cultural heritage/urban development
2) English language skills not lower than Intermediate level
3) Bachelor, specialist or master degree
Tuition fee
Tuition fee is €1 500 per person. Accommodation, visa and travel costs are not included.
All the Russian participants are eligible for €1 000 fellowship offered in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. Fellowship programme for UHS in 2017 is closed.

Course review
The reality has exceeded all the expectations! I have already been in touch with the Dutch culture, but the course programme appeared to be so interesting and intense, that each day felt like a week.
Anna Soloveychikova
CEO referent at design institute "Spetsproektrestavratsiya"
Read the full version of the interview (in Russian)
Application period for UHS course is closed, but you can leave you contact details below. We will email you as soon as the next course will be scheduled.

You can also leave us your contact information and our consultants will give you all the details and assist with the admission process
Kirill Zakharov
IHS Liaison in Russia
+7(903) 516-04-37
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