Prompted by the high-tension disagreement between Liverpool and UNESCO, Engage Liverpool hosted a series of seminars in October-November 2017, to gauge if local decisions regarding development were representing the voice of the people (Proctor 2017, pers. com.). The seminar saw representation from stakeholders at all levels, and the unanimous verdict of Module 2 (0923294): Are Conservation and Development Mutually Exclusive in the Historic Urban Landscape? A Study of Liverpool and Vienna.
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the jury (attendees themselves largely represented by local residents) was that Liverpool should do everything possible to retain its unique identity inspired by its past, including retaining WHS status (Enagage Liverpool, 2017).
Prior to the arrival of the UNESCO head of North America and Europe in Liverpool, on 2 October 2017, “in a bid to work closer with the DCMS to “reset the relationship with UNESCO”,” (Liverpool City Council, 2017; Liverpool Confidentials, 2017), Mayor Joe Anderson announced the setting up of a World Heritage Task force, an independent advisory body that will impartially assess the situation and put forth its recommendations.
On 18 December 2017, Prix Versailles announced an international student competition titled “Inspiring a Sustainable City: Designs for the World Heritage Docks and a New Stadium in Liverpool”. The brief is to present creative yet functional designs that utilise heritage and cultural capital to empower required socio-economic and infrastructural development in the face of inevitable change (Prix Versailles, 2017). Module 2 (0923294): Are Conservation and Development Mutually Exclusive in the Historic Urban Landscape? A Study of Liverpool and Vienna.
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Figure 15: Engage Liverpool seminar series flyer– Liverpool UNESCO World Heritage Site: A Status Worth Fighting For? (Source: Engage Liverpool, 2017. Available at https://www.engageliverpool.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Seminar-Flyer-2017.pdf) showing representation from stakeholders at international, national and local levels as well as academic and heritage management experts as well as developers. Module 2 (0923294): Are Conservation and Development Mutually Exclusive in the Historic Urban Landscape? A Study of Liverpool and Vienna.
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3. HISTORIC CITY OF VIENNA
European capital of music, former seat of power for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now a millennial capital city, Vienna has always been associated with affluence, power and culture. Today, the historic urban core not only stands testimony to three centuries of change, but is also a modern city that has kept up with transforming times (City of Vienna, 2014:7,9).
The fact that Vienna beautifully represents its historical evolution coupled with, high levels of authenticity that have been retained in its architecture and urban fabric and, its intangible cultural offer of being an