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Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture: an impetus for the regeneration of the historic city

Cânâ Bilsel, Tümay Arıcan


The initiative for Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, which started as a civil organisation, has been presented as a project of citizenship, besides its apparent goal of increasing the publicity of Istanbul as a multi-cultural metropolis. In this framework, highlighting the city’s cultural heritage has been one of the principal objectives of the project. The organisation of Istanbul 2010 ECOC has been engaged to provide exemplary projects especially for the sites inscribed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO, by promoting participatory urban experiences based on knowledge-based, multi-action coordination models. Although the ECOC process has not been completed yet, one can argue that the Istanbul 2010 Agency has achieved its objectives in a number of urban rehabilitation projects, while «urban renovation projects» led by district municipalities still remain highly controversial.

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Rivista di Scienze del Turismo. Ambiente Cultura Diritto Economia
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (15/09/2008 n. 530)
Online ISSN 2037-7908 - Print ISSN 2037-7916

Executive Editor: Nicola Boccella - Associate Editor: Azzurra Rinaldi
Editorial Staff: Andrea Billi - Patrizia Laurano - Antonio Magliulo - Angelo Quarto
Editorial Board: Alberto Abruzzese (Iulm Milano), Victor Aquino (Universidade de São Paulo), Sergio Arzeni (Ocse), Piero Barucci (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Nicola Boccella (Sapienza Università di Roma), Michael Crang (Durham University), Anya Diekmann (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Renato Guarini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Roberto Grossi (Federculture), Han Yong Liang (Zhejiang University), Jorge Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Michel Maffesoli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Vanda Perretta (Sapienza Università di Roma), Marina Righetti (Sapienza Università di Roma), Azzurra Rinaldi (Unitelma - Sapienza Università di Roma), Irene Salerno (Sapienza Università di Roma), Pasquale Sandulli (Sapienza Università di Roma), Manuel Valenzuela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)