The Institute has a unique expertise in the revitalization of historic districts.
I2UD is a member of the core group of institutions in the Cultural Heritage and Development Network. Launched in January 1998 by UNESCO and the World Bank, this initiative aims to coordinate the activities of development aid organizations and international institutions involved in the preservation and conservation of the cultural heritage. The Network has grown to include individual specialists and a broad range of institutions providing expert advice, technical assistance, and capacity building in the field of culture and development.
Featured ProjectIntegrated Area Management Action Plan for Icheri Sheher
Cultural Support Heritage Project
François Vigier, Mona
Serageldin, John Driscoll
The Walled City of Baku (Icheri
Sheher), including the Shirvanshah’s Palace and the Maiden Tower, was
selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 2000 as “an
outstanding and rare example of an historic urban ensemble and
architecture with influence from Zoroastrian, Sassanian, Arabic,
Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman and Russian cultures.”
Recent development pressures were cited by UNESCO as a threat to the integrity of Icheri
Sheher and the site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in
Danger in 2003.
In 2006, The World Bank financed the preparation of a comprehensive
management plan for Baku’s old city that included:
Institutional framework for a new administration of the Old
Strategic interventions including necessary infrastructure
improvements to remedy current weaknesses and develop its tourism
Participatory mechanisms to ensure the involvement of
stakeholders and the transparency of the decision making process.
The management plan prepared by the Institute team (Francois Vigier [PI],
Mona Serageldin, John Driscoll, Christa Lee-Chuvala) was adopted by the
relevant central and local authorities and endorsed by UNESCO as an
appropriate strategy to safeguard and restore the site and guide infrastructure investments.