Improving the Resilience of Small Towns using Cittaslow Principles

Matta, Ellyn and Caballero, Gabriel Victor (2016) Improving the Resilience of Small Towns using Cittaslow Principles. In: 53rd IFLA World Congess: Tasting the Landscape, 20-22 April 2016, Torino, Italy. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

In the wake of pressures brought about by rapid urbanization of urban centers around the world, loss of unique settlement character, unsustainable urban development and mass migration to megacities are changing many small towns and metropolises. Urban thinkers and policy makers are seeking for alternative approaches that create a more sustainable environment, while uplifting the wellbeing of communities and preserving cultural heritage. Nearly 200 cities around the world are achieving “La dolce vita” through joining an Italian born movement which works to combat the negative effects of globalization by protecting and enhancing a city or town’s unique, local and historic resources. Influenced by the Slow Food movement, Cittaslow is an international network of small towns and cities that seek to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and protect and uphold local identity by living life “slowly”. Cittaslow is thought to be a possible solution to help strengthen citizens’ sense of place, which helps increase the demand for local products and expand citizen’s awareness in places where they live. By engaging with communities, supporting the local economy and adopting green practices, the world’s Slow Cities are also becoming among the world’s most resilient cities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Matta, Ellyn
Caballero, Gabriel Victor
Languages: English
Keywords: Cittaslow; urban resilience; sustainable urban development; Slow Cities; Cultural identity; cultural significance; historic towns; historic town centres; town planning; town planning schemes; international projects; Cultural policy; case studies; italy
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 14. Theory of town planning
D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 14. Historic urban landscapes
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
Q. LANDSCAPES > 12. Urban landscapes
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Orvieto
UNESCO WHC Number: Tentative List - 344
Depositing User: Mr Gabriel Victor Caballero
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 10:25
References: Caccavello, D. (employee at tourism office in Orvieto) Personal Invterview. January 13, 2015.

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