Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Nov 28, 2018 | UNESCO

Many cities have seen collective symbols of cultural identity - tangible and intangible cultural heritages - damaged or destroyed in conflict, in an effort to erase communal identities. While place-based strategies prioritise the reconstruction of physical assets, reintegrating culture strengthens a community’s sense of belonging, and enhances the livability of the built environment. Culture can support reconciliation through the (re)construction of cultural landmarks, monuments and other places of significance to communities. This Position Paper by UNESCO proposes integration of culture into post-crisis city reconstruction and recovery, integrating people-centered and place-based policies.


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