1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific

Edited By Kapila Silva Copyright 2020
    680 Pages
    by Routledge

    680 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific sheds light onto the balancing act of urban heritage management, focusing specifically on the Asia-Pacific regions in which this challenge is imminent and in need of effective solutions. Urban heritage, while being threatened amid myriad forces of global and ecological change, provides a vital social, cultural, and economic asset for regeneration and sustenance of liveability of inhabited urban areas worldwide.

    This six-part volume takes a critical look at the concept of Historic Urban Landscapes, the approach that UNESCO promotes to achieve holistic management of urban heritage, through the lens of issues, prospects, and experiences of urban regeneration of the selected geo-cultural context. It further discusses the difficult task that heritage managers encounter in conceptualizing, mapping, curating, and sustaining the plurality, poetics, and politics of urban heritage of the regions in question. The connective thesis that weaves the chapters in this volume together reinforces for readers that the management of urban heritage considers cities as dynamic entities, palimpsests of historical memories, collages of social diversity, territories of contested identities, and sites for sustainable liveability. Throughout this edited collection, chapters argue for recognizing the totality of the eco-cultural urban fabric, embracing change, building social cohesion, and initiating strategic socio-economic progress in the conservation of Historic Urban Landscapes.

    Containing thirty-seven contributions written by leading regional experts, and illustrated with over 200 black and white images and tables, this volume provides a much-needed resource on Historic Urban Landscapes for students, scholars, and researchers.

    List of Contributors



    Francesco Bandarin

    Introduction: Reimagining the conservation of Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific

    Kapila D. Silva

    PART I: Conceptualising Historic Urban Landscapes

    Chapter 1

    Cities: Palimpsests of cultural memory and their management

    William Logan

    Chapter 2

    The Ideology of the Urban Cultural Landscape Construct

    Ken Taylor

    Chapter 3

    Conserving Asia’s vernacular water urbanisms

    Vinayak Bharne

    Chapter 4

    Re-imagining Eurasia: Past Flatland stories of urban and landscape heritage

    Manu P. Sobti

    Chapter 5

    Human Aspects of Historic Urban Environments

    Jeremy C. Wells

    Chapter 6

    Historic Landscapes in rapidly transforming Asian cities: Contestations, commodification, and learning from grounded observations

    Nihal Perera

    PART II: Mapping Tangible Urban Heritage

    Chapter 7

    Evolution and repercussions of heritage designation process in Sindh, Pakistan: Lessons from Karachi and Shikarpur

    Anila Naeem

    Chapter 8

    Urban morphology and historic urban landscape management: The case of Kolkata, India

    Mahbub Rashid

    Chapter 9

    The Historic Urban Landscape: New methodologies for exploring sense of place

    Steven Cooke and Kristal Buckley

    Chapter 10

    Creating Information Management Systems for cultural World Heritage: Experiences from Central Asia

    Ona Vileikis

    Chapter 11

    Conservation of historic open space urban landscapes of Chittagong, Bangladesh

    Maharina Jafrin, Beau B. Beza and Shamsul Hossain

    Chapter 12

    The role of natural landscape in historic Chinese cities

    Junheng Lai

    PART III: Safeguarding Intangible Urban Heritage

    Chapter 13

    The Sensory Heritage of Asian Cities

    Nisha A. Fernando

    Chapter 14

    Ghats on the Ganga in Varanasi, India: The making of a vernacular urban landscape and its conservation

    Amita Sinha

    Chapter 15

    Safeguarding ritual landscape of living urban heritages: A case of Navadurga masked dances festival of Bhaktapur, Nepal

    Sudarshan Raj Tiwari

    Chapter 16

    Intangible dimensions of urban heritage: Learning from holy cities of India

    Rana P.B. Singh, Pravin S. Rana and Sarvesh Kumar

    Chapter 17

    Cultural Routes in China: The urban heritage trails of Chóngqing

    Junli Chen and David Jones

    Chapter 18

    Finding human well-being in historic urban landscapes

    Julie Williams Lawless

    PART IV: Fostering Sustainable Urban Heritage

    Chapter 19

    Integrated Management Systems of the urban World Heritage properties of Kathmandu and Samarkand

    Kai Weise

    Chapter 20

    Erasure and Appearance: A critical view on urban heritage management practices in China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

    John Stallmeyer and Lynne Marie Dearborn

    Chapter 21

    Sustainable Urbanism and Historic Urban Landscape Conservation

    Farhana Ferdous, Julie Williams Lawless, and Kapila D. Silva

    Chapter 22

    Regeneration of historic urban landscape with pedestrian-oriented streetscape design: The case of Deoksugung-gil Street in Seoul, South Korea

    Sung-Kyun Kim

    Chapter 23

    Towards safer and resilient urban environments

    Rohit Jigyasu

    Chapter 24

    Rural development: A strategy for urban heritage management in the Asia-Pacific region

    Dennis Rodwell

    PART V: Localizing Heritage Stewardship

    Chapter 25

    Community-focused urban regeneration: Preserving and activating the HUL in Malaysian cities

    Richard A. Engelhardt and Neil Khor

    Chapter 26

    Community involvement in heritage conservation: The case of Kotagede, Indonesia

    Punto Wijayanto

    Chapter 27

    Transient heritage values, conflicting aspirations, and endangered urban heritage in the Historic Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

    Amanda Rajapakse and Kapila D. Silva

    Chapter 28

    Conserving the Historic Port Town of Tomo, Seto Inland Sea, Japan: Repositioning urban heritage in the ‘shrinking society’

    Yushi Utaka

    Chapter 29

    Understanding community-based heritage values: The case of the Tamil Brahmin Settlement in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

    Vaisali Krishna Kumar

    Chapter 30

    Wurundjeri-al Biik-u (Wurundjeri Country), Mag-golee (Place), Murrup (Spirit) and Ker-up-non (People): Aboriginal living heritage in Australia’s urban landscapes

    Mandy Nicholson and David Jones

    PART VI: Assessing Urban Heritage Policies

    Chapter 31

    The Historic Urban Landscape approach in the Australian context: Evolving heritage practice and city management frameworks

    Susan Fayad and Kristal Buckley

    Chapter 32

    The monument and the city: Examining India’s legacy of monument centric conservation in the context of the Historic Urban Landscape approach.

    Jyoti Pandey Sharma

    Chapter 33

    Historic urban landscapes of China: Issues of conservation and management

    Zhe Geng and David Jones

    Chapter 34

    Conserving historic urban cores in Iran: An overview

    Rana Amirtahmasebi and Mohammadsaeid Izadi

    Chapter 35

    ‘Land is a very limited definition of place’: Navigating urban heritage conservation in the Pacific Island nations

    Anita Smith

    Chapter 36

    Historic Urban Landscapes in the Indian Ocean waters: Challenges of urban heritage custodianship for the Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion, and Seychelles

    Zaheer Allam and David Jones

    Chapter 37

    A Tale of Two Cities: How tourism development is treated in Yangon and Macau’s urban heritage planning

    Hilary du Cros


    Kapila D. Silva is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Design of the University of Kansas, USA. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, from which he received a doctorate in architecture, and at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, from which he received professional training in architecture. He is the lead editor of Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns and Prospects (Routledge, 2013) and Cultural Landscapes of South Asia: Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management (Routledge, 2017).

    'The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific provides innovative perspectives on urban heritage conservation and development. A must read for students, teachers and researchers interested in contemporary issues facing urban heritage conservation and management in the Asia-Pacific.' - Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology, University of Kent, UK

    'The book provides a critical widening of the debate on conservation where historic urban landscapes get resituated in discussions about broader planning processes, enabling us to understand how "change" can be productively embraced and resisted simultaneously.' - Rahul Mehrotra, Architect and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University, USA

    'This is a highly engaging book on an increasingly important topic in international heritage conservation policy. In a region where many cities and cultures stretch back thousands of years, and in contexts where economic development is transforming lives and livelihoods, innovative, contextually grounded analyses are in high demand. Kapila Silva’s exciting and geographically ambitious collection of essays tackles such issues head on. Timely and much needed, it fills an important gap in the study of heritage in the Asia-Pacific.' - Tim Winter, Professor in Critical Heritage Studies, University of Western Australia

    'As an academic interested in critical heritage studies along with holistic management approach, I see this handbook as a timely contribution on the HUL idea and associated practices. Spanning the Asia-Pacific region, the chapters - written by renowned and competent authors, navigate through logical sequence of themes – conceptualizing HUL, mapping the tangibles, safeguarding the intangibles, fostering sustainable urban heritage, localizing heritage stewardship, and assessing urban heritage policies. It is a good reference for learners and practitioners both.' - Neel Kamal Chapagain, Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Heritage Management, India