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2nd Edition

Heritage Planning
Principles and Process

ISBN 9781138605220
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
454 Pages 218 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This new and substantially revised edition of Heritage Planning: Principles and Process offers an extensive overview of the burgeoning fields of heritage planning and conservation. Positioning professional practice within its broader applied and theoretical contexts, the authors provide a firm foundation for understanding the principles, history, evolution, debates, and tools that inform heritage planning, while also demonstrating how to effectively enact these processes.

Few published works focus on the practice of heritage planning. The first edition of this book was developed to fill this gap, and this second edition builds upon it. The book has been expanded in scope to incorporate new research and approaches, as well as a wide range of international case studies. New themes reflect the emerging recognition that sustainability, climate resilience, human rights, social justice, and reconciliation are fundamental to the future of planning.

Heritage Planning is indispensable reading, not only for professionals who transform the built environment, but for anyone who wants to understand the ideas and practices of heritage planning and conservation.

For the benefit of student readers, twelve chapters—designed to accommodate the academic semester—are augmented with concise summaries, key terms and definitions, questions, and learning objectives.

Table of Contents


  1. The nature of heritage planning
  2. Organization of the heritage sector

  4. Regulating heritage
  5. Conservation charters and conventions
  6. Ethics and human rights
  7. Sustainability and resilience
  8. Best practices

  10. Understanding the historic place
  11. Community engagement
  12. Value and significance
  13. Managing change
  14. The Heritage Plan

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Harold Kalman earned a PhD in architectural history from Princeton University, undertook conservation studies at the University of York and Cornell University, and has academic appointments in heritage conservation at the Universities of Victoria and Hong Kong. He managed a Canadian-based international practice in conservation and heritage planning for four decades. Kalman is the author of A History of Canadian Architecture and many books and articles on conservation.

Marcus R. Létourneau teaches heritage conservation planning at Queen’s University at Kingston, the University of Waterloo, Algonquin College, and the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, all in Canada. He has a PhD in historical/cultural geography, an MA in cultural geopolitics, a diploma in peace and conflict studies, and a certificate in heritage conservation planning. He completed heritage training in China from ICCROM. He is the Managing Principal of an Ontario-based heritage consultancy and is a practicing professional planner.


Kalman and Létourneau’s revised Heritage Planning is an important work appearing at just the right time. This volume situates heritage conservation as a dynamic professional practice in contemporary society, while establishing clear and comprehensive frameworks for project-centered work. It manages to be a sophisticated scholarly treatment as well as a practical professional reference. The reach of examples is global; and it connects to issues of great urgency (sustainability, resilience, public health, indigenous societies). Practitioners and educators alike will find this an extremely valuable volume.

—Randall Mason, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The best book on built heritage planning just got better. Heritage Planning is extensively illustrated and packed with information for students and practitioners alike. The new edition is re-organized and augmented for classroom use, while retaining the global coverage and best practices that make it a valuable reference for heritage professionals.

—David Gordon, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

One of the key objectives of critical heritage studies has been to identify and consider the social, political and ethical implications of heritage planning and conservation practices. By contextualizing the practicalities of heritage planning within broader interdisciplinary debates this important textbook will be an important resource for those working toward building more equitable and inclusive heritage practices.

—Laurajane Smith, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University, Canberra