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Below you can find the following videos concerning Heritage Values:

1. Independent Assessment of the Visual Impact of the Golden Horn Metro Crossing Bridge on the World Heritage property “Historic Areas of Istanbul” By Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Kunibert Wachten and Dr.-Ing. Michael Kloos, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University.


For several years, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has been planning to build a new metro bridge across the Golden Horn, the former harbour in Istanbul’s inner city. The bridge is meant to connect the two European headlands of the city centre in order to minimise the enormous traffic load in Istanbul’s city centre. However, UNESCO voiced concerns about the bridge design, mainly due to its potential visual impact on Süleymaniye Mosque, one of Istanbul’s most significant World Heritage areas. As a result, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality commissioned the UNESCO Chair in World Cultural and Urban Landscapes / RWTH Aachen University to draw up a Heritage Impact Assessment Report in order to obtain an independent view on whether the realisation of the Metro Bridge would impair the Outstanding Universal Value, the visual integrity and the authenticity of the World Heritage Site Historic Areas of Istanbul.

The Study had to be carried out in a very restricted timeframe. The UNESCO Chair therefore put together a preliminary report at the beginning of the study period which was meant to inform all stakeholders in a transparent manner about the findings of the assessment. The conclusion of the preliminary report was that Süleymaniye Mosque would be negatively affected by the bridge. As a result, a panel of international experts was incorporated into the evaluation process by the UNESCO Chair. Already during the evaluation process, the panel cooperated with local stakeholders to explore alternatives and improvements for the bridge design in order to minimise the negative impact of the bridge.

Since then, the bridge has been realised and most of the suggestions of the expert panel have been incorporated into the design. A major conflict such as the one about the Waldschlösschen Bridge, which led eventually to the delisting of the World Heritage site Dresden Elbe Valley, could thus be avoided.


2. Heritage Values in master education: educational value of Second World War heritage in The Netherlands.
To read the full story see blog “Heritage values in eduction” by Dr. Monique van den Dries.