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Rehabilitation of the Old City

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Technical Information

  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Recipient
    Location:
    Shibam, Yemen
    Client:
    Local Community
    Architect:
    GTZ Technical Office
    Size:
    81'000 m²
    Completed:
    2005

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The basic strategy of this development project is not one of historic conservation but of developing the economic, social and administrative base to ensure the vitality and continuity of the city within its new regional context. The programme has two main components: technical assistance and financial assistance, allowing owners and residents of the historic city to restore, upgrade and maintain their buildings. The other task of the project is the revitalisation of the local economy. To date, about 100 owners have already renovated their houses.