About the author
Francesco Bandarin is the Assistant Director-General forCulture of UNESCO, formerly the Director of the UNESCO WorldHeritage Centre and the Secretary of the World Heritage Committee.He is trained as an Architect (Venice 1975) and Urban Planner (UCBerkeley 1977) and has pursued an academic career as Professor ofUrban Planning at the University of Venice (IUAV) and aprofessional career as consultant for international organizationsin the field of urban conservation and development. He has beenactively involved in the Venice Safeguarding Project and in thepreparation of Rome for the year 2000 Jubilee. As Director of theWorld Heritage Centre he has promoted the revision of the UNESCOrecommendation on historic cities and has contributed todevelopment of the debate on the role of contemporary architecturein historic cities, on the management of their social and physicalchanges and on the role of communities in the conservation ofhistoric values.
Ron van Oers is Vice Director, World Heritage Instituteof Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific (WHITRAP). He wasformerly Programme Specialist for Culture at the UNESCO WorldHeritage Centre, coordinating the World Heritage Cities Programmeand the international effort to develop new guidelines for urbanconservation, which were adopted as the 2011 Recommendation on theHistoric Urban Landscape. He is trained as an Urban Planner (Delft1993) and received his doctorate (PhD, Delft 2000) on a researchinto the principles of Dutch colonial town planning (published asbook). He is the Founding Editor (together with Dr. AnaPereira-Roders) of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Managementand Sustainable Development (JCHMSD), published by EmeraldGroup Publishing (UK) and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Boardof Change Over Time: International Journal ofConservation and the Built Environment, published by PennPress, University of Pennsylvania's School of Design(USA).