WHS and Public open spaces Dynamics within the Development of Liverpool. Case Study Pier Head

May Abdelhakeem Newisar

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The urbanness of WHS presents a series of challenges related to the designation, assessment and management of protecting the physical entities in the context of dynamic and heterogeneous urban systems. This is due to the vagueness and uncertainty for their development criteria as it includes a wide range of historical background, geographical location, culture, and socioeconomic attributes of each site. This escalated the problem or the WHS to be a site for politics and power relationships more than how the urban experience is treated and why. The new introduction’s assessment of a heritage setting has proved to be one of the most critical problems to WHS and urban design as well. Liverpool WHS is one of the examples which has witnessed different challenges that contributed to the conflict taking place between sustaining the tangible and intangible values as well as achieving the aimed urban and economic developments. As a result of overcoming the deterioration in the socio-economic development of the city. A top-down approach was used which considers heritage as consumable experience and urban regeneration as the economic development for it. In particular, the commodification of heritage brings with it contention. Currently, knowledge regarding the relationship between the physical built environment of the heritage sites including the intangible values and the design development of the public open spaces is limited. A meaning-making approach will be used in order to understand and articulate how the development of Liverpool World Heritage site and its value could influence and shape the design of public open space Pier Head in order to attract a different level of tourists to be used as a tool for economic development. This is through the wider social forces and tactical positioning that took place in the political and economic frames within which it works.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
EventAESOP Congress 2019: Planning for Transition - Università Iuav di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Duration: 9 Jul 201913 Jul 2019


ConferenceAESOP Congress 2019
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  • Policy@Manchester


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