Historic city centres as catalysts for wider sustainable urban regeneration

Elnokaly, Amira and Elseragy, Ahmed (2012) Historic city centres as catalysts for wider sustainable urban regeneration. In: Requalifying the Built Environment: Challenges and Responses. Advances in People-Environment Studies . Hogrefe Publishing GmbH Merkelstr. 3, 37085, Göttingen, Germany, pp. 30-49. ISBN 9780889374300, 0889374309

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This chapter scrutinises the historical centre of Barcelona, Spain. This is officially known as the
Core City of Barcelona, and serves as its central business district. The historical centre of this
Mediterranean city has undergone a variety of projects and strategic plans for urban regeneration,
development, and beautification. Moreover, various attempts have been made for the
improvement of environmental quality and ecological performance of this historical centre. This
is through increases in urban green spaces and public parks, increased dependence on renewable
energy technologies and adopting sustainable transportation modes as opposed to undesirable
and harmful vehicular transport. Furthermore, many urban regeneration plans have been aimed at
conserving and preserving buildings and sites that are considered symbolic of the city’s heritage
and legacy. The chapter also analyses the strategies that have been used through various urban
regeneration projects and development plans, for the improvement of the historical city centre of
Barcelona. The authors focus particularly on the strategies that have been used to upgrade the
environmental quality of the Core City of Barcelona – a case from which many lessons can be
learnt – attempting to diminish undesirable effects of development and urbanisation, and
improving the urban and environmental quality of its urban spaces for the well-being of citizens.

Keywords:ecology, energy, historic city centres, social and cultural sustainability, sustainable urban regeneration
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8486
Deposited On:28 Mar 2013 21:04

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