The V and VI editions of the six-month seminar courses of 2016 and 2017 (January - June) entitled ‘Development and Preservation in Large Cities : an international perspective’ had an extraordinary success as well as the previous editions of 2012 (I), 2013 (II), 2014 (III) and 2015 (IV). 70 participants were involved among professors, researchers, PhD students and students from the partner institutions, who received a joint certificate of participation. The course is organized by the Center of Competence on Cultural Heritage, Ecology and Economics (BENECON), institutional partner of the UNESCO University and Heritage Forum and UNESCO Chair on Landscape, Cultural Heritage and Territorial Governance, by the European Polytechnical University and the Edward J. Blustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey with the patronage of the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design at the University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ and the participation of PhD students of the Doctoral School in Architecture, Industrial Design and Cultural Heritage.
We are so pleased for the fifth straight year that professors and students at both the University of Campania in Italy and Rutgers University in the United States (U.S.) have productively collaborated in a joint annual class (See Table 1 for details). The class considers the subject of development and preservation from a cross-national perspective in Italy and the U.S. To foster cross-national dialogue and understanding, students in this class worked as joint teams (encompassing both SUN and Rutgers students) to study historic preservation topics of mutual interest. This year, the cross-national topics considered three subjects: restoration and adaptive reuse, heritage tourism, and financial and regulatory mechanisms for preservation. From the joint student work, we gleaned the following. There is much interest in historic preservation in both Italy and the U. S., with preservation more ingrained in the former country and preservation more of a recent value in the latter country.