School researchers have been awarded funding for the following projects:
The impact of urban planning and governance reform on the historic built environment and intangible cultural heritage (PICH)
Funded by the Norwegian Research Council (172,131.51 Euros)
Newcastle lead: Professor John Pendlebury
The PICH project will provide an assessment of the impact of reforms in urban planning and governance on the historic built environment and place identity in three settings: the historic urban core, sites of industrial transformation, and the wider landscape heritage.
The project is a collaborative exercise of academics, policy makers and civil society in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. Associate partners will be involved from municipalities, heritage organisations and other countries not directly funded by this call to test ideas under other conditions.
Regenerating the city: Sustaining cultural heritage, socio-economic growth and energy supply in derelict wholesale markets in city centres
Funded by The British Council (£3,350)
Project lead: Dr Neveen Hamza
Green wholesale markets' buildings in city centres were considered the hub of socio-economic activities in developed and developing countries till the mid of the 20th century. These activities were relocated in the mid of the 20th centuries nearer to major motorways, to manage vehicular access, organic waste production and storage.
The relocation of these activities led to many of these culturally and economic structures derelict and dragging urban areas around them into a state of decline.
In the UK, Spain and France, a move to halt their demolition in the 1970s onwards was led by aware local communities, politicians, city councils and community groups. These groups successfully won the long battles for conservation and urban regeneration of these structures into a well-cared for and appreciated modern economic and socio-cultural hubs (ex. Covent Garden in London, Santa Caterina market, Spain and Grainger Market in Newcastle, UK).
This research seeks to look at the lost history of the Ataba market in Cairo city centre, and attempts to open the public discourse into how these buildings can be saved for public use.
published on: 13 May 2015