In reflecting upon the role of environmental capital as represented by old towns in smart cities, the author reveals the consequences of re-plastering the facade of ancient buildings while emphasizing the resulting risk of globalization of historic districts. This is followed by a critical consideration concerning the active protection of old towns and their cultural typicality and geographical context, prerequisites for the development of specific guide-lines for the European Union. Explanation is also provided about how the restoration dynamics of the old towns are irreversibly changing the urban landscape in European cities. Strict regulations regarding the preservation of European old towns will become increasingly essential to preserve local cultures and material authenticity.
|Title of host publication||The Usefulness of the Useless in the Landscape-cultural Mosaic: Liveability, Typicality, Biodiversity - Proceedings of the 18th IPSAPA/ISPALEM International Scientific Conference Catania (Italy) July 3rd - 4th, 2014|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|