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|Workshop sponsored by the Global Urbanization Knowledge Platform and the Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Thematic Group
Economics of Uniqueness:
Cultural Heritage Assets and Historic Cities as Public Goods
May 2-3, 2011
World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC
The Urbanization Knowledge Platform is a collaborative partnership that aims to become a ‘go to’ hub for knowledge on how to manage our rural-to-urban transition. Over the next two years, the World Bank will roll-out a number of core components, including:
• a rolling series of tightly focused knowledge exchanges between peers, amongst practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and academics—focused on very practical questions of ‘how to’ bring about impact and change;
• an online space for knowledge exchanges—particularly by ‘matching’ urban civil servants through a kind of professional dating service;
• a data platform for city data.
Current core partners include the World Bank, McKinsey Global Institute, Cisco, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, USAID, Brookings, the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements, Cities Alliance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other organizations and individuals. The World Bank will be holding a series of soft-launch events in the next four months in Sao Paolo, London, Barcelona, Washington DC, Istanbul, Seoul, Singapore, Brisbane, Moscow, Johannesburg, and Bogota. Through the Knowledge Platform, the World Bank hopes high-level debates such as this one on Cultural Heritage and Historic Cities can reach a far wider audience and can meanwhile benefit from wider participation.
This Economics of Uniqueness Workshop is a learning event aiming at helping World Bank staff enhance their understanding of cultural heritage assets and historic cities as public goods. The event will feature presentations by scholars and researchers who have been active players of the scientific community and have authored papers consistent with the World Bank approach to urban development. The presenters are involved in an ongoing pioneering work on heritage economics the World Bank is leading, which will result in a groundbreaking publication on this topic. Presentations include theoretical framework, impact on poverty reduction and job creation, impact on real estate values, PPP for historic city regeneration and urban renewal, sustainable tourism, creative industries, brownfield redevelopment, and valuation techniques for estimating the economic rate of return of investment projects. The event will be video recorded and webstreamed, encouraging country office to connect in video conference.