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The urban rehabilitation of medinas

The World Bank Experience in the Middle East and North Africa
Anthony G. Bigio
Guido Licciardi
May 2010

22 août 2018

The paper presents the keys objectives of the rehabilitaion of historic centers or medinas in the Middle East and North Africa as elaborated by the World Bank on the basis of twenty years of past and present lending and technical assistance operations to the governments of the regions. There are
(i) the conservation of the urban and cultural heritage ;
(ii) the local economic development of the historic city ;
(iii) the improvement of the resident population. Such objectives must be reached simultaneously for the projects to be considered successful. The paper presents some innovative ways to classify the contemporary users of the medinas into different categories, which then become the market segments to reach via the rehabilitation initiatives, given the radically changed present role of historic cities as urban cores of much larger agglomerations.