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This edited book on the on-going process of elaboration and implementation of the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Land­scape, as developed and promoted by UNESCO since 2005, is part of an international effort to adapt urban conservation to the operational realities of the twenty-first century in which cities have assumed a critical role in human development.

A broad and growing coalition of professionals, decision-makers and community representatives in all parts of the world is participating in this process. It would be impractical to name all of them here.

We would like however to thank all our colleagues at the UNESCO Headquarters and in the Field Offices for their continued support and encouragement.

Various professionals in different parts of the world have provided critical reflections and observations on the Historic Urban Landscape as a process or product. We would like to acknowledge, in particular, the contribution of: Joseph King and Gamini Wijesuriya at ICCROM in Rome; Gustavo Araoz, Kristal Buckley and Sheridan Burke at ICOMOS; Stefania Abakerli and Guido Licciardi at the World Bank in Washington; Jeffrey Soule at the American Planning Association; Ana Pereira-Roders in Eindhoven; Marie-Theres Albert in Cottbus; Sarah Semple, Andreas Pantazatos, David Petts and Seif al-Rashidi in Durham; Karel Bakker in Pretoria; Alfredo Conti in La Plata; Muhammad Juma in Zanzibar; Susan Fayad in Ballarat; Louise Cox in Sydney; Jian Zhou in Shanghai; Lynne DiStefano in Hong Kong; Ayesha Pamela Rogers and Nadeem Tarar in Rawalpindi; Nobuko Inaba in Tokyo; Augusto Villalon in Manila; Christopher Young in London; Birgitta Ringbeck in Berlin; Jad Tabet in Beirut; Marc Breitman in Paris; Daniele Pini in Ferrara; Paolo Ceccarelli in Milan; Heleni Porfyriou in Rome; Pietro Laureano in Florence; Sophia Labadi in Canterbury; Lynn Meskell in Stanford; Paola Falini in Rome; Alessandro Balducci in Milan.

We would like to thank them all sincerely for their involvement and their dedication to the cause of urban conservation and we look forward to continued collaboration and expansion of the Historic Urban Landscape network.

Our final thank you, goes to all the contributors of this book: in total, 30 people (including the editors) offered a contribution to the reflection: 17 for the essays, 6 for the case studies and 7 for the interviews. While their texts have been in some cases revised before being integrated into the book, we have done our best to respect the meaning of the original. The editors have inserted most of the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. The interviews have been conducted and drafted by the editors and revised by the interviewee. Errors or imprecisions remain, of course, our full responsibility.

Francesco Bandarin, Paris

Ron van Oers, Shanghai

May 2014