1st Edition

Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations
Deep Cities





ISBN 9780367784980
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
294 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations introduces the concept of ‘deep cities’, a novel approach to the understanding and management of sustainable historic cities that will advance knowledge about how the long-term, temporal and transformative character of urban heritage can be better integrated into urban policies for sustainable futures. Contrary to the growing emphasis on green or smart cities, which focus only on the present and future, the concept of ‘deep cities’ offers an approach that combines an in-depth understanding of the past with the present and future.





Bringing together chapters that cover theoretical, methodological and management issues related to ‘deep cities’, the volume argues that using this approach will force researchers, managers and consultants to actively use the heritage and history of a city in the planning and management of sustainable cities. Exploring different definitions of ‘deep cities’, the book reveals varying and sometimes conflicting views among stakeholders concerning how, where and when the depth of a city should be conceptualized. Despite this, the book demonstrates how this new approach can help to create robust cities for the future, as new and innovative solutions are combined with the preservation and strengthening of historical features.





Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations is the first international collection on the subject of sustainable historic cities. As such, the book will be of great interest to academics and students engaged in the study of heritage, heritage management, architecture, heritage conservation, anthropology, development studies, geography, planning and archaeology.

Table of Contents



  1. Heritage and sustainable urban transformations: a 'deep cities' approach 




  2. From modern utopia to the ‘deep city’: heritage as history, collective memory and embodied energy




  3. Archaeology as a conceptual tool in urban planning




  4. Embodying local identity as heritage in transition: the case study of Onitsha Markets, Nigeria






  5. ‘Deep’ in memory: urban space and ‘visuality’ in Cyprus






  6. The temporal dimension in planning for the ‘compact city’: a case study from Bergen, Norway






  7. Urban ‘regeneration’ in historic places: the case of King’s Cross Central, London






  8. ‘Deep mapping’: narrating meanings of cultural heritage in China






  9. Building on experience: the potential of oral history to conserve the ‘deep city’ in Australia’s national capital






  10. Small-scale heritage: the canary in the coal mine






  11. Empowering communities to identify, treat, and protect their heritage: a cultural landscape case study of the Horto d’El Rey, Olinda, Brazil






  12. The politics of densification and sustainability in urban green heritage spaces






  13. High-rise buildings and the threats to the character of Malta






  14. The role of archaeology and heritage in sustainable urban planning with reflections from Turku, Finland






  15. Integrating a ‘deep cities’ approach into sustainable urban transformation practices: the way forward

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