The Historic Urban Landscape Approach in Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns: Implementation of Projects on the Ground in a Living Capital City

  • Adam WilkinsonEmail author
Part of the Creativity, Heritage and the City book series (CHC, volume 2)


The Historic Urban Landscape Approach represents a holistic, value-based approach to the management of complex urban areas. Since 1970, efforts to conserve Edinburgh’s historic centre have relied upon similar approaches and methodologies that are now being adapted to the new paradigm. The main actor in this is a third party, Edinburgh World Heritage, which uses its position between the community and government to build consensus around projects that serve to enhance the World Heritage Site to the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. A number of key tools are deployed in this work – community engagement, partnership working, expertise and financial tools. While individual projects act as a microcosm of the HUL approach, ensuring the implementation of the HUL approach at municipal level in a UK context requires a change of mindset: many of the individual steps of the HUL approach are already in place.


Edinburgh Urbanism Community engagement Stakeholder World heritage Tenement Conservation Interpretation Urban landscape 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edinburgh World HeritageEdinburghUK

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