Lessons from the Past: Managing vernacular heritage sites in times of climate change

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Vernacular heritage has been considered to be resilient and its vulnerabilities have been largely disregarded. However, there are many unresolved issues regarding the preservation of these undesignated heritage sites and intangible values attached to them. The city of Rize in the Eastern Black Sea region in Turkey exemplifies not only vernacular heritage but also issues brought by climate change, including extreme rainfalls, flooding, and deforestation. The unstructured interviews with local people reveal a lot about past knowledge of climate and landscapes, present issues, and climate-resilient settlements for the future. The insights, experiences, and knowledge of local communities help us understand the climate-induced damages in the context of rural sites and the ways to tackle them. As a result, the findings from the selected case will present lessons to learn for climate resilience from vernacular heritage sites.
Period18 May 2022
Held atDurham University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational