Production of Heritage
The Politicisation of Architectural Conservation
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Underpinned by an active understanding of the conservation philosophy of William Morris, the book presents five case studies from the UK and North and South America that speak about different facets of heritage value, such as urban identity, commodification, authenticity, materiality and heritage as an intellectual and ethical framework. Heritage is never neutral; its definition is privileged yet its influence is political. Art, landscape and archaeology all offer examples of how the operational ideas of adjacent disciplines can influence an integrated idea of heritage conservation, and how this is communicated in order to determine significance and share in its custodianship.
This book provides insights into how to identify and challenge these limitations, expanding inclusion by describing tactics for changing how people can relate to and build on the past. Clearly written for all levels of readership within the conservation professions and community custodians of heritage buildings and places, the book provides strategies and tactics for understanding the heritage significance of materials, their fabrication, detail and use. The narratives that historic fabric contains can help shape the meaningful involvement of local people, providing a roadmap for those navigating the double-bind of using the past to underpin the future.
Format: 25 x 19 cm
- Bevaring av bygninger og bygningsmaterialer
- Museumsvitenskap og kulturarvstudier
- Arkitektur: profesjonell praksis
"The conservation of buildings is messy and complicated. The philosophically-led decisions that seemed easy to make in the office are almost always harder to implement when the project becomes a live building site. I welcome this book because it embraces those challenges and shows how a thoughtful architect can find practical solutions that remain true to the original design principles. It also demonstrates that the tenets of conservation philosophy proposed by William Morris remain valid today if we choose to care for our heritage in a way that puts people at its heart." - Sara Crofts, conservation architect and SPAB Scholar»
Michela Pace is a researcher at the IUAV University of Venice in the field of urbanism; she has previously worked and collaborated with universities including UEL London, PoliTo Turin and PoliMi Milan, UH Hasselt and Tongji University Shanghai. She studied the rising centrality of the ’heritage’ rhetoric within processes of urban financialization worldwide, and the use of notions of memory, legacy, patrimony and tradition inside city marketing. Heritage, in particular, was observed in relation to real estate activities and the phenomena of land privatisation and gentrification in Western and Eastern global cities. At the same time, as an architect, she deepened her experience of community-based research, collaborating with a different spectrum of partners and clients for the making of local projects. These include local communities and schools, councils and policymakers, international NGOs, charitable foundations and private clients. Merging the observations of ‘heritage’ promotion and protection at the global and local scale has the ability to disclose those mechanisms able to promote an idea of city, and the language and the rules able to distribute it. What is at stake is not only the concept of past and the power of history, but also the collective ability to imagine alternative futures.