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Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration in the Context of WH Listing: Lessons and Opportunities for the Newly Inscribed City of As-Salt in Jordan

Walsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Bute Building, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3NB, UK
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Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4557; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084557
Received: 4 February 2022 / Revised: 28 March 2022 / Accepted: 8 April 2022 / Published: 11 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Topic Sustainable Built Environment)
The nomination of a city on the UNESCO WHL is usually followed by urban regeneration with emphasis on tourism development and the OUV assigned to the city. In doing so, other heritage values are likely to be excluded, while new urban challenges are unintentionally triggered such as gentrification, touristification, social exclusion, amongst others. Following the recent inscription of As-Salt City in Jordan on the UNESCO WHL in July 2021, this paper traces the urban regeneration initiatives in the city from the first attempt of its nomination on the WHL in 2014 to its inscription in 2021. Based on a survey of the local community members’ perceptions and priorities, conducted in November 2020, the paper highlights the opportunities and the challenges that have resulted from the urban transformations triggered by the WHL nomination processes of As-Salt. In addition, key lessons are drawn from the urban regeneration trajectories of world heritage cities in the MENA region that have been on the WHL for a number of decades. These lessons combined with the result of As-Salt community survey are used to develop a list of prioritized short, medium, and long-term recommendations for the city of As-Salt to address how the urban regeneration practices that have already started can be nudged to change to more sustainable trajectories. View Full-Text
Keywords: heritage-led urban regeneration; world heritage list (WHL); As-Salt City; the MENA region; tourism heritage-led urban regeneration; world heritage list (WHL); As-Salt City; the MENA region; tourism
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El Faouri, B.F.; Sibley, M. Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration in the Context of WH Listing: Lessons and Opportunities for the Newly Inscribed City of As-Salt in Jordan. Sustainability 2022, 14, 4557. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084557

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El Faouri BF, Sibley M. Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration in the Context of WH Listing: Lessons and Opportunities for the Newly Inscribed City of As-Salt in Jordan. Sustainability. 2022; 14(8):4557. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084557

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El Faouri, Bayan F., and Magda Sibley. 2022. "Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration in the Context of WH Listing: Lessons and Opportunities for the Newly Inscribed City of As-Salt in Jordan" Sustainability 14, no. 8: 4557. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084557

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