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Reviewing Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment Tools through Critical Heritage Studies

Journal article
Authors Luciane Aguiar Borges
Feras Hammami
Josefin Wangel
Published in Sustainability
Volume 12
Issue 1605
Pages 15
ISSN 2071-1050
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Conservation
Pages 15
Language en
Keywords sustainable development, urban sustainability, Leed-nd, Critical Heritage, BREEAM-C, neighborhood sustainability assessment (NSA)
Subject categories Architecture, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Human Geography, Other Civil Engineering, Other Humanities not elsewhere specified, Other Social Sciences


This article reports on a critical review of how cultural heritage is addressed in two internationally well-known and used neighborhood assessment tools (NSAs): BREEAM Communities (BREEAM-C) and LEED Neighborhood Design (LEED-ND). The review was done through a discourse analysis in which critical heritage studies, together with a conceptual linking of heritage to sustainability, served as the point of departure. The review showed that while aspects related to heritage are present in both NSAs, heritage is re-presented as primarily being a matter of safeguarding material expressions of culture, such as buildings and other artifacts, while natural elements and immaterial-related practices are disregarded. Moreover, the NSAs institutionalize heritage as a field of formal knowledge and expert-dominated over the informal knowledge of communities.

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