Balancing Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Urban Development

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WITH THE POPULATION of cities expected to increase by 2.5 billion between now and 2050, cities face a multitude of challenges. Urban sprawl and transportation congestion are expected to worsen, and the effects of climate change will increase the vulnerability of cities to natural hazards and climate-induced displacement. Such consequences will affect people’s welfare and bring unprecedented challenges to the planet’s environmental sustainability. For many years now, the concept of heritage conservation has been the main agenda for George Town’s development, which led to its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Many policies are driven by heritage conservation, ...


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