Special Issue "Linking Land and Underwater Cultural Heritage Management to Technology in Smart Cities and Communities"
A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Interests: sustainable development; urban and regional planning and policy; spatial planning; participatory planning — methods and models; e-Planning; e-Participation; smart cities and communities; culture and urban/regional development — e-Culture; cultural planning; foresight methodologies; evaluation in spatial planning — methods and models; participatory evaluation; icts and urban / regional development; icts and rural development; tourism and urban/regional development — e-Tourism; renewable energy and urban/regional development; renewable energy and spatial planning
Interests: metals conservation; illicit trafficking of antiquities; conservation of underwater cultural heritage
Managing cultural heritage (CH), both land and underwater (UCH), is an issue that is nowadays high on the policy agenda for serving CH preservation objectives and leveraging sustainable local/regional development pathways. The multiple dimensions of the sustainable and resilient management of CH—such as social, economic, historical, cultural, economic etc.—have been so far highly acknowledged in various research and empirical works. Recently, as a result of the revolutionary technological developments and the rising paradigm of the concept of smart cities and communities, emphasis is also placed on the role of technology and its applications in, for example, (U)CH management as part of the smart journey of urban and regional settings. Such a development opens up new, innovative, technology-driven, research streams in support of exploring, documenting, preserving, monitoring and promoting (U)CH artefacts per se and the values they transmit; but also new challenges in the planning discipline for outlining and promoting sustainable, heritage-led development in smart urban and regional contexts.
The scope of the present Special Issue is to link (U)CH management to technology in the evolving smart cities and communities’ paradigm. In this respect, it elaborates on aspects of technology-enabled management but also on emerging concerns with respect to (U)CH as part of policy decisions as to the preservation and handling of these valuable resources in a sustainable and resilient way.
The focus is on the Mediterranean area, the cradle of the Western civilization as many claim, a privileged region in terms of cultural wealth, which is the outcome of its long historical path that is marked by the intense cultural interaction among its populations but also its role as scenery of fatal historical events of European history.
The ultimate goal is to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue for realizing the potential of technology for (U)CH management, but also increasing awareness of the constraints as well as the different perspectives and concerns inherent in managing a largely unexplored field of Mediterranean cultural heritage, UCH. Fulfilling this goal implies leveraging alternative, sustainable and resilient development perspectives for small/medium-sized cities and insular communities that are currently coping with the impacts of the deep recession in the southern part of Europe.
The Special Issue aspires to bring to light original research work that falls into two parts. The first part illuminates the technology-enabled management of tangible and intangible (U)CH in Mediterranean land, coastal and maritime areas. The second part attempts to work out issues related to UCH management in the Mediterranean, opening up discussion of emerging challenges, while presenting work carried out at both the UCH level and the region level. As such, it elaborates on paving heritage-led development perspectives in the Mediterranean that, additionally, link UCH management to blue growth strategy and the recent Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) policy directions of EU for cultural heritage handling in coastal and maritime areas.
Prof. Anastasia Stratigea
Prof. Vasilike Argyropoulos
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- (underwater) cultural heritage
- smart cities and communities
- heritage-led local development