THE MEDINA Edited by Marcello Balbo

Published by I. b. Tauris

The countries of the southern Mediterranean enjoy a rich cultural heritage, at the … heart of which lie the medinas – the historic city centres, often dating back to medieval times. Although their cultural value is now widely recognised, they have nevertheless been subject to neglect and decay and as yet no coherent restoration policy is being implemented. This book brings together a team of experienced professionals, including urban planners, architects, economists, and financial experts to address the pressing problem of how to revitalise and restore the medinas in a sustainable way.

The first part provides an introduction to the problems and issues involved in restoration. The second part presents examples of different medinas including Damascus, Cairo, Meknes, Fez and Azzemmour – together with important material on the financing and project management of such initiatives.