Social value goes hand in hand with heritage conservation to put meaning into buildings and keep it living. “We devalue a place if people are resistant and move out. We should keep the place important for the local community,” said Wilkinson.
EWH, an independent organisation charged with preserving the World Heritage Site, is supported by an annual grant from the city of Edinburgh and Scottish government via Historic Scotland.
Some 200 guests – including planners from the local authority, developers, architects, and representatives from various non-governmental organisations – attended the talk organised by Khazanah Nasional Bhd and the British Council.