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Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation

1st Edition

Edited by Vinayak Bharne, Trudi Sandmeier


528 pages

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Hardback: 9781138962989
pub: 2019-02-27
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The act of identifying, protecting, restoring, and reusing buildings, districts, and built landscapes of historic and cultural significance is, at its best, a reflective and consequential process of urban and socio-economic reform. It has the potential to reconcile conflicting memories, meanings, and cultural tensions, bridging and expanding the perceived boundaries of multiple disciplines towards bigger aspirations of city-making and social justice.

How and where do such aspirations overlap and differ across nations and societies across the world? In places with different histories, governance structures, regulatory stringency, and populist dispositions, who are the specific players, and what are the actual processes that bring about bigger and deeper change beyond just the preservation of an architectural or urban entity of perceived value?

This collection of scholarly articles by theorists, academics, and practitioners explores the global complexity, guises, and potential of heritage conservation. Going from Tokyo to Cairo, Shenzhen to Rome, and Delhi to Moscow, this volume examines a vast range of topics – indigenous habitats, urban cores, vernacular infrastructure, colonial towns, squatters, burial sites, war zones, and modern landmarks. It surfaces numerous inherent issues – water stress, deforestation, social oppression, poverty, religion, immigration, and polity, expanding the definitions of heritage conservation as both a professional discipline and socio-cultural catalyst. This book argues that the intellectual and praxis limits of heritage conservation – as the agency of reading, defining, and intervening with built heritage – can be expansive, aimed at bigger positive change beyond a specific subject or object; plural, enmeshed with multiple fields and specializations; and empathetic, born from the actual socio-political realities of a place.

Table of Contents


Preface & Acknowledgements

Introduction: Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation by Vinayak Bharne & Trudi Sandmeier


    1. Re-examining World Heritage and Sustainable Development by Sophia Labadi (University of Kent)
    2. Re-conceptualizing ‘historic urban landscapes’ by Kalliopi Fouseki (University College London)
    3. Earthquakes and Afterlives: Heritage Conservation and Seismicity by Elizabeth Aitken Rose (University of Auckland)
    4. Beyond Nostalgic Appeal - The Means and Measures Dictating Heritage Management Trends in Pakistan by Noman Ahmed and Anila Naeem (NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan)
    5. Formal Order Out of Informal Chaos – a New Latin American Dialogue between the Official Practice of Heritage Conservation and the Concept of Self-Organization by Jaime Correa (University of Miami)


    1. Towards an integrative and empathetic heritage conservation: The Case of Kandy, Sri Lanka by Kapila D. Silva (University of Kansas)
    2. Rural Cultural Landscapes and the Purposes of Heritage - the case of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province (Indonesia) by Kristal Buckley, Deakin University (Australia)
    3. Continuing Culture and Meeting Modernity: The World Heritage Villages of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama, Japan by Rana P.B. Singh (Banaras Hindu University)
    4. Visioning Cultural Heritage and Planning: Banaras, the Cultural Capital of India by Rana P. B Singh & Pravin s. Rana (Banaras Hindu University)
    5. Natural, Cultural, and Heritage Landscapes: Intersections of authenticity, preservation, landscape, and heritage in rock art conservation by Kristin Barry (Ball State University)


    1. Revaluing Industrial Heritage: Transformation of the Port District in Nantes, France by Ann Borst (Wentworth Institute of Technology)
    2. Accumulating Memory: The Shenzhen Value Factory by Eric Schuldenfrei (University of Hong Kong)
    3. From obsolete military infrastructure to public space: the evolving identity of Latvia’s Riga Central Market by Mia Bennett (University of California Los Angeles)
    4. The Once and Future Dingbat: Conserving Dingbats’ Future will Require Redressing their Past by Elizabeth Faletta (University of Southern California)
    5. Dwelling in Possibility? A Case Study of Deep Heritage Conservation: Liverpool’s Temple of Humanity byMatthew Wilson (Ball State University)


    1. Ritual Practice and Place Conflict: Negotiating a Contested Landscape along Jamaica Bay by Alison Hirsch (University of Southern California)
    2. Modern Infrastructure and Historic Urban Landscape: Re-Evaluating Local Conservation Practices in Light of Hanoi’s Metro Project by Huê-Tâm Jamme (University of Southern California) and Floriane Ortega
    3. Chinatowns as Territorial Trope: A Case Study of Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles by Mari Fujita (University of British Columbia)
    4. Theming as a preservation tool? On the authenticity of Thames Town, the English village of Shanghai by Maria Francesca Piazzoni (University of Southern California)
    5. Designs upon Jerusalem: Bezalel Academy occupies the historic Russian Compound by Christopher Pokarier & Erez Golani Solomon (Waseda University)




    1. Heritage Preservation as Survival: Mediating Social and Ecological Risk and Resilience at the Slave Port of Badagry, Nigeria byCharisma Acey (University of California Berkeley)
    2. The Identification, Preservation, and Interpretation of Slavery Sites in the United States byMary Ann Heidemann (Ball State University)
    3. Heritage Conservation and the Transformation of Institutions of Incarceration into Community Arts Centers in Postcolonial Australia by Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne)
    4. South Africa’s Constitutional Court : Landscape of Resistance, Inversion, and Civic Re-imagination by Jocelyn Eisenberg Zanzot (Auburn University)
    5. Reinterpreting Fascist Built Heritage: The Reuse of Rome’s Foro Mussolini byAnna Mascorella (Cornell University)


    1. Social Housing with a Human Face: Conserving Moscow’s Soviet Era Housing Legacy, by Nathan Hutson (University of Southern California)
    2. Fragile, Even the Best of Them: New Zealand’s Modern Heritage Buildings by Julia Gatley (University of Auckland)
    3. Historic Preservation Battles: The Historic Hotels in Los Angeles byKarolina Gorska and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (University of California Los Angeles)
    4. The Future of the Recent Past: Challenges Facing Modern Heritage from the Postcolonial Decades in India by Manish Chalana (University of Washington Seattle)
    5. Tokyo’s Modern Legacy and the 2020 Olympic Games by Christian Dimmer (University of Tokyo) & Erez Golani Solomon (Waseda University)

About the Editors

Vinayak Bharne is Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism and Heritage Conservation at the University of Southern California, USA, and Principal and Director of Design at the architecture and urban design firm Moule & Polyzoides, USA. His books include The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms (2012), Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India (2012), and Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism (2013).

Trudi Sandmeier is the Director of Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation and an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California, USA. Her work centers on the conservation of the recent past and efforts to make visible the impact of underrepresented constituencies on the historic built environment.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation / General