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Policy Brief-Culture and Cultural Heritage: A key asset for sustainable development and transition in cities

Culture and cultural heritage are central touchpoints for the sustainable development of cities and towns. Culture and heritage includes, among others, architecture and the built environment, food, the arts and creative industries, religion, traditions and lifestyles. As a mediator between social-ecological-economic pillars, and the root of human action, culture is seen as the foundation and structure for sustainable development. Furthermore culture is capable of preserving values, beliefs, and assumptions that constitute the basis for mutual understanding in sustainability related ambitions. Looking forward, “the capacity to aspire is a future-oriented cultural capacity”. Thus, culture has the unique power to drive forward debates and action on our common urban future.