UN Habitat-III

Regional Report on Urban Conservation and Regeneration – South Asia

The report is aimed at understanding the urban history, culture and urban growth in the South Asian region along with Afghanistan and Iran and providing recommendations for culture-based urban conservation and regeneration for the region. The study involved research of various strategies for urban conservation in historic cities, understanding governance structures, urban revitalization and rehabilitation schemes, community participatory approaches and culture and heritage as a key asset for social cohesion and inclusion.


  • Understanding and identifying historic urban centres in the region
  • Understanding region-wide trends of urbanization and development
  • Outlining various typologies of cities and urban areas
  • Identification of strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of urban conservation and heritage
  • Understanding tangible heritage, intangible heritage and Historic Urban Landscapes
  • Identification and analysis of governance structures, infrastructural services, tools, policies and frameworks at national, regional, state and local levels and its impact on urban heritage and conservation
  • Identification of potentials and challenges of culture and heritage to urban regeneration and rehabilitation
  • Analysis of key development challenges, economic and job creation strategies in historic urban areas of the region
  • Understanding the role of culture in social cohesion, mixity, and community empowerment for urban regeneration


  • UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India

The summary of the report (Study Area 5) can be viewed in the following website http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246291E.pdf