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Protecting historic Hanoi in a context of heritage contestation

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posted on 1996-12-01, 00:00 authored by William LoganWilliam Logan
Since the introduction of the doi moi (renovation) policies in 1986, economic liberalisation and modernisation have led to redevelopment pressures on the cultural heritage of Vietnam's cities. A lively debate has ensued, most notably in the capital. Hanoi, about what is worth keeping. The views of international and local developers are opposed to the 'Vietnamese heritage only' of the most narrowly nationalistic of politicians and planners. The complicated decision-making environment is made more difficult by the presence of Western planning advisers who argue for the protection of the French and Russian layers in Hanoi's cultural landscape. This is part of a long history of heritage contestation and redefinition in Hanoi which largely reflects the succession of political regimes controlling the city. Consideration of key philosophical and practical issues is timely given the current intervention by the Australian Hanoi Planning and Development Control Project team which is helping shape the future of a variously-defined 'historic Hanoi'. © 1996 Intellect Ltd.

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Journal

International Journal of Heritage Studies

Volume

2

Issue

1-2

Pagination

76 - 92

Publisher

Taylor And Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1352-7258

eISSN

1470-3610

Language

eng

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CN.1 Other journal article

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