How can a city’s historical fragments become driving force of urban development? Instagram us your answers.
In all cities you have fragments and layers of the past, it could be fragments from buildings, old neighborhoods, or abandoned factories.
The question is what we should do with all these remains? What is happening with these leftover objects and buildings in vibrant cities?
The Deep Cities research group is working on a conceptual “toolbox” to stimulate reflection on cultural heritage values in urban planning with a social participative perspective.
Fragmented cultural heritage
Among other things, they will look at society’s attitudes to fragmented cultural heritage, and the conservation actions that kept them inserted in contemporary functions and dynamics of cities. For instance, we will look at a penitentiary wall from the 18th century in a contemporary building in Oslo.
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What should we do with all the physical fragments from history in our cities? The Deep Cities-project is a research project that over the next two years will look at historical urban transformation as a value. Here the Norwegian case, Tukthusmuren presented by Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen. #deepcities #curbatheri #nikunorway #heritage #oslo
But the researchers also want to listen to public opinion. And this is where Instagram comes into play.
Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen is the project leader and has this to say about this people-centered approach:
“One of the things we want to learn in this project is what people in general think about this type of heritage. This is a people-centered approach to heritage and the development of cities. And in addition to our surveys and interviews we are inviting people to publish their own photos and stories about the urban fragmented past.”
“We would like to see your photos. Show us these traces of the city that you see when you walk around and discover something interesting, something anecdotal. Show us things that make you wonder what happened here? What kind of heritage is this? We would really like to hear your opinion about this.”
The CURBATHERI project is a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI), a project funded by national European research funds.
CUBATHERI is an abbreviation for Curating Sustainable URBAn Transformations through HERItage but the researchers prefer to use the term DEEP CITIES.
They use it and want to see it as a strategic concept much like “the green city” or “the smart city”.
The Deep Cities-team is made up of researchers from all over Europe such as University of Stirling in Scotland, UCL in London, University of Florence in Italy and the University of Barcelona in Spain.