Heritagescaping and the aesthetics of refuge: challenges to urban sustainability

Winter, Tim 2016, Heritagescaping and the aesthetics of refuge: challenges to urban sustainability. In Logan, William, Craith, Mairead and Kockel, Ullrich (ed), Companion to heritage studies, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, SXW, pp.189-202.

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Title Heritagescaping and the aesthetics of refuge: challenges to urban sustainability
Author(s) Winter, TimORCID iD for Winter, Tim orcid.org/0000-0002-5825-6012
Title of book Companion to heritage studies
Editor(s) Logan, William
Craith, Mairead
Kockel, Ullrich
Publication date 2016
Series Blackwell companions to anthropology
Chapter number 13
Total chapters 37
Start page 189
End page 202
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
Place of Publication Chichester, SXW
Keyword(s) Anthropology
Urban sustainability
Historic cities
Summary The year 2012 marked the fortieth anniversary of UNESCO’s Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, or World Heritage
Convention. Regarded by many as a hugely successful project, World Heritage has
provided a framework for safeguarding a wide array of historic built environments.
The choice of “sustainable development and the role of communities” as the theme of
the fortieth anniversary was, however, recognition of the significant problems and
challenges this arena of cultural and spatial governance has created for those living in
and around listed sites. Cities have proved particularly challenging, and resistant to
prescriptive modeling at the level of international policy. Evictions, punitive
legislation, rising living costs, and loss of community are the now familiar by‐products of worldheritage that continue to go undocumented and ignored.
Against this backdrop, this chapter traces recent developments and trends surrounding urban heritage conservation, highlighting recent turns towards community‐driven approaches and discourses of sustainability. It then raises the issue of gentrification, with a particular focus on where such problems take on critical importance: small‐scale urban environments. Focusing on Galle in Sri Lanka, the final part of the chapter explores the emergence of a form of “heritagescaping” oriented by an aesthetics of solitude, tran-quility, and quiet comfort. In offering a contribution towards debates around urban sustainability and the role of heritage therein, it is argued that such processes present significant obstacles to the development of more community‐based, culturally sustainable forms of heritage conservation.
ISBN 9781118486665
Edition 1
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2015
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley Blackwell
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