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Heritage has value for the city – join our discussion

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Join the International Cultural Centre in Krakow and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage at the World Urban Forum for a panel discussion titled “Heritage has value for the city! Why is cultural heritage important for the sustainable development of cities? – experiences and challenges from the Polish perspective”.

On June 28, the World Urban Forum in Katowice will host a discussion with the participation of the following panellists:

- Dr hab. Monika Bogdanowska – National Institute of Cultural Heritage

- Michał Krasucki – Capital City Heritage Protection Department

- Dr Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga – International Cultural Centre / Krakow University of Economics

- dr hab. inż. arch. Piotr Gerber – Europa Nostra, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

dr hab. Monika Murzyn-Kupisz – Jagiellonian University


- Dr hab. Katarzyna Zalasińska – Director of the National Institute of Cultural Heritage


- Dr Michał Wiśniewski – International Cultural Centre / Krakow University of Economics


The 1970s revealed the weakness of the existing models of development and brought the need to revise the approach to observed transformation. There was a sharp conflict between the concept of “infinite growth” and the problem of dwindling natural resources. It was the starting point for the debate on the necessity to introduce transformation in a sustainable way.

The concept of cultural heritage is closely related to the principle of sustainable development. It requires the responsible use of resources inherited from the past, without diminishing their value. Properly conducted protection of heritage is conducive to maintaining the continuity of the place, its character and specificity, it is extremely important for the formation of a sense of identity and connection with inhabited place.

The rapid civilisational changes in urban environment require a new, holistic view of urban space. Such a perspective allows for the integration of cultural, social, identity-related, historical, and artistic elements. Meanwhile, neither the protection of heritage, nor the use of its potential to lay the foundations for sustainable urban development are considered as permanent elements of urban policies.

During the discussion, experts will answer the following questions: what limitations and what opportunities does heritage present in achieving the goals of sustainable urban development? What can you learn by looking at Polish examples of heritage management in cities? What are the challenges facing Poland in integrating heritage and sustainable development goals?


Date: June 28, 2022, at 14.15-15.45

Venue: World Urban Forum in Katowice, Polish Pavilion at WUF11, Urban EXPO Zone



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