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The Blog about Protection and Innovation by Regensburg by Zhang (2018) is an informative article that discusses the Bavarian city of Germany which dates back to the Stone Age. The author provided insight into how the city has managed to have its heritage preserved by collective efforts of the Central Government and the local council government. This has not only generated aesthetic value for the town but also creates a source of employment for the labour force needed to reuse and redevelop the ancient town economic value.

Evidence of the town’s effort in preserving the both through innovation can be seen by the recognition of some buildings in the Heritage list by UNESCO. With approximately 15,000 inhabitants and 984 monuments, the city has maintained its medieval appeal which has won it recognition in the coveted list. The delicate balance between old buildings, retail facilities and restaurants can also be seen in the professional restoration of buildings in the town.

In addition to the author’s explanation, there are more fascinating aspects of the city that have contributed to the city been listed in the UNESCO list. For example, the mall streets of the Regensburg city form an almost maze-like feature characterised by narrow and dark alleys. Moreover, critical information such as the history of the town is not captured. The city was built mainly by Romans who used it as a fortification and the trading area around 179 A.D (Turtle, n.d.) The Romans also introduced religion which is visible through the gothic-like temples built which later inspired the town’s general architecture. The city is primarily influenced by architectural styles of the 11th to 13th centuries, which could be proved by the preservation of the jointed buildings that keep some of the most essential town amenities together (figure 1).

Figure 1: Romanesque inspired architecture in Regensburg (Source Time travel Turtle, n.d.)

The city has a modern part of the town which is seen by the development of digital centres in the city. For example, companies such as Toshiba, Siemens and Amazon have set up hubs in the Bavarian city, while motor companies such as BMW have a production plant in the German town. However much of the town as the author states has remained in its original state within the historical centre which is separated from the modern buildings in the city.

Overall, the blog provided essential and basic insight into the town’s foundation and its efforts in maintaining its heritage.

References

Turtle, M. (n.d). The Old Town Regensburg. [Online]. Available from https://www.timetravelturtle.com/old-town-regensburg-germany/

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