Markus Kip produced with Paula Marques, Maciek Czeredys and our Levente Polyak a new podcast for Open Heritage. This podcast episode is the first of a series of collaborations between the Open Heritage project and the Urban Political podcast. It was recorded in the context of the 7th Informed Cities Forum in Warsaw on October 16, 2019.
“Among critical scholars and urban activists, the care for heritage of an urban area is often associated with strategies to commercialize, to touristify the area and ultimately to pave the ground for gentrification. Neighbourhood development based on its heritage all too often is geared towards creating a unique selling point of the area to attract more visitors and to create commercial services to accommodate visitors: from tourist shops to pricey restaurants, hotels and furnished holiday apartments. Facades may be rehabilitated, streets renovated, but at the same time rent prices and other living expenses go up and the area may become increasingly inhabitable for long-term residents.”
In this episode, you are going to hear about inspiring cases in which communities have used their cultural heritage as a resource to resist gentrification.
Paula Marques, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon in charge of Housing and Urban Development, comes from a citizen movement. She is working now on a large-scale affordable housing project to counter touristification and real estate speculation. Previously she helped to create BIP/ZIP, a programme to empower citizens and community initiatives in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Maciek Czeredys is an architect and urbanist working in the field of adaptive heritage re-uses and culture, examples include the Sinfonia Varsovia Centrum and Nowy Teatr. He is also part of the Open Heritage project. His team is co-managing the Praga Heritage Lab. The Lab has it’s own participatory digital platform.