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Aggregated Management Plan helps preserve the spirit of historic urban sites

Historic urban sites are valuable cultural environments. How can we best conserve and develop them? In her dissertation, Anca Dumitrescu examined Old Rauma, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1991.

In her dissertation, Anca Dumitrescu applied a multidisciplinary approach in studying historic areas from a historic urban landscape perspective. Her selected research targets were a group of historic urban Fennoscandian areas, with special attention given to towns on the Unesco World Heritage List. The main focus of the study is on Old Rauma, one of the best preserved historic towns in Finland.

“It represents the most valuable and, at the same time, vulnerable and delicate historic urban landscape discussed and managed in a contemporary manner,” Anca Dumitrescu explains.

According to Dumitrescu, historic urban environments should be developed in a holistic manner. As a part of her study, she developed the ‘Aggregated Management Plan’, which is a tool that enables changes: the development, preservation and conservation of historic urban sites without losing the genius loci of the place.

“The goal is no longer solely the preservation of the original substance, but rather finding the significance of the place. A successful conservation strategy requires an up-to-date description of the site, an evaluation of the site in terms of value and significance as well as a risk assessment,” Dumitrescu says.

It is important to involve all stakeholder groups in this work. A coherent vision for the future of the site can help harmonize conservation, preservation, development and tourism strategies.

The Aggregated Management Plan tool Dumitrescu developed can also be used universally in the development of other historic urban sites.

“The solutions cannot be the same for all sites, which is why careful planning is key,” she notes.

Public defence of a doctoral dissertation on Friday, 8 January 2016

MArch Anca Dumitrescu’s doctoral dissertation in the field of architecture entitled ‘The Management Of Change In Finland’s Wooden Historic Urban Landscapes: Old Rauma‘ will be publicly examined at the School of Architecture of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Auditorium RG202 in the Rakennustalo building (address: Korkeakoulunkatu 5, Tampere, Finland) at 12 noon on Friday, 8 January 2016. The opponent will be Professor Jukka Jokilehto. Professor Olli-Paavo Koponen from the School of Architecture at TUT will act as Chairman. The dissertation has been prepared with the support of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Anca Dumitrescu (30) comes from Bucharest, Romania, and presently works as an architect in the Arkkitehdit Oy Latva ja Vaara architecture office in Lahti.

The dissertation is available online at http://URN.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-15-3675-5

Further information: Anca Dumitrescu tel. +358 (0) 45 106 2223,

News submitted by: Tiina Leivo
Keywords: science and research, aggregated management plan, historic urban landscape, old rauma