Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Urban Heritage

  • Anna Karlström
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1137


As a concept, urban heritage is global and has a worldwide scope, but at the same time it harbors a number of notions and must be seen in relation to the different and specific contexts with which it deals. Urban heritage issues engage not only heritage managers and archaeologists but also geographers, landscape and urban planners, engineers, architects, anthropologists, and historians, among others. As cultural heritage issues in general, those concerning the urban heritage are interdisciplinary and multifaceted. The urban heritage often has a position “in between.” On one hand, it is constantly changing and under the threat of being destroyed due to the nature of urban development, and on the other hand, it is protected and conserved because of its historical values. Heritage structures are often regarded as a passive setting to the broader scope of the growing modern city. The ultimate goal is to strive for integration so that historic qualities and modern urban...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Queensland, Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander Studies UnitBrisbaneAustralia