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Rematerialising heritage

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Cristina Garduno Freeman, A Fredman, V Leibowitz
The Rocks is one of Sydney’s premier tourist locations; its identity largely founded on the perception of it as a historically significant site. This perception is steeped in complex notions of the ‘authentic tourist experience offered at The Rocks, which arguably originates from the retention of some of the early streets and architectures of the area. However, implicit in the act of retention is also the act of deletion. Throughout the area of The Rocks, gaps exist. These are the spaces where buildings, houses, outhouses, lanes and indeed whole streets have been eradicated to make way for urban progress or to redefine areas of the city according to political or economic aims. Heritage here is constructed, not only from that which is retained and preserved but also from that which is deleted and destroyed. This paper seeks to examine the fate of one particular street in the Rocks – Princes Street – that was eradicated in 1927 to make way for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The physical demolition of the street and subsequent erasure of any material sign of it has effectively allowed the street to disappear. The predominant historical narrative that results reveals the extent to which current notions of the past are fundamentally understood through the existence of the material artefact. Yet this paper argues that definitions of the past can be drawn, not only from the material or architectural object that operates as historical proof but also from the social, performative and touristic acts that might be undertaken around the object, the architecture or even its representation.

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Event

Expanded Architecture at The Rocks. Symposium (2013 : Sydney, N.S.W)

Pagination

66 - 70

Publisher

Broken Dimanche Press

Location

Sydney, N.S.W

Place of publication

Berlin, Germany

Start date

2013-11-08

End date

2013-11-08

ISBN-13

9783943196214

Language

eng

Publication classification

E Conference publication; E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2013, Broken Dimanche Press

Editor/Contributor(s)

C Perren, S Lovett

Title of proceedings

Reverse Projections: Proceedings of the Expanded Architecture at The Rocks 2013 Symposium

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