Katharina Höftberger (2021)


Managing Change in Heritage Cities. Evolving Understanding of the Historic Urban Landscape in Khiva, Uzbekistan.

Cities are always in transformation, shaped by global pressures, local developments and the everyday activities of their inhabitants. At the same time, however, many cities have historical centres that are perceived as worthy of preservation and where change is a matter of debate. The conflicts between development and conservation in heritage cities have intensified over the last decades due to increasing pressures from urbanization and cultural tourism, among others. UNESCO has recognized the dynamic nature of heritage cities and the need to develop special approaches to deal with their preservation. This thesis focuses on the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape that was adopted by the General Conference in 2011. It explores the approach to heritage conservation and urban development that is inscribed in this UNESCO policy and its implementation in the World Heritage city Khiva in Uzbekistan. Khiva serves as a case study to retrace the lines of conflict between conservation and development and to discuss the effects of the application of first steps and tools of the Historic Urban Landscape approach.
Submitted   at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Supervision   Dr. phil. DI (FH) Sabine Knierbein