Is it possible for one of the oldest cities to be considered the first eco-sustainable and smart city on the planet? At first, it seemed like a presumptuous idea. However, after watching the video by Andrea Moccia, science communicator and founder of one of my favorite websites, my questions fade away. I found it so interesting that I decided to adapt it for our blog to explore … [Read more...] about Matera: The world’s oldest eco-sustainable and smart city
There are more than 80 historical and cultural UNESCO sites in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, but only half of them have management plans to preserve their value. From the IDB, we work to improve urban habitat and prevent its degradation, revaluing the historical heritage of cities and preventing adverse environmental impacts. Learn more by reading our blog.
Panama City hosts a world heritage jewel: its Historic District, which is a World Heritage Site since 1997. Despite it is the most visited tourist spot in the country, this district has been subject of serious degradation over the years. Today, on International World Heritage Day, we want to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and revitalizing our cities´ … [Read more...] about International World Heritage Day: The role of the IDB Group revitalizing Panama´s Historic District
Heerenstraat Festival is a place of encounter to celebrate the living heritage of Paramaribo’s city center. The first edition of the Festival took place between September 30th and October 6th 2019 on the streets of Paramaribo’s city center, a World Heritage Site (WHS). The IDB in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Suriname partnered with The Back Lot … [Read more...] about 10 reasons why Heerenstraat Festival is not just a festival
Why pursue urban experiments in historic downtowns? It might seem counterintuitive picking the most consolidated areas of the city for experiments. However, the historic downtowns often face obsolescence processes that translate into decay, abandonment, overcrowding, or underuse. Urban experimentation breaks the inertia of such longstanding processes, transforming the … [Read more...] about Urban experiments in historic downtowns: Local identity and innovation for a more sustainable cultural heritage
COVID-19 has been advancing rapidly and disrupting our daily lives. The virus has demanded to use our creativity to convert spaces and host temporarily new emergency uses. As many of us stay home adapting our own house as office, school, nursery and/or nursing, key stakeholders in our cities are working to contain the pandemic and converting even iconic sites, adapting them in … [Read more...] about Adaptive reuse: historic practices during a crisis