The sustainability of cultural heritage assets – especially historic buildings - becomes a vital part which can be utilized in development plans.
Locally, these buildings suffer from negligence, and lack of clear policies to deal with them in development plans. Thus, the research problem represented by There is nocomprehensive framework of the catalyst historic building).To solve the research problem, a comprehensive knowledge base for the catalyst building was established, then utilizing the abstracted framework in analyzing elected urban projects representing different types of historic buildings.
The research shows a differentiation in the intervention types, the catalyst role of the historic buildings and their impact, that related to the value of the historic building, The role itself varies according to the nature of the context, these buildings could be a tool for positive change toward the future, or they could be a tool for continuity of the cultural identity.