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Heritage, Identity and Urban Regeneration

Chapter in book
Authors Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Published in The Construction of Built Heritage, Eds Phelps, A., B. O. H. Johansson, G. J. Ashworth
ISBN 0 7546 1846 3
Publisher Ashgate
Place of publication U.K.
Publication year 2002
Published at Department of Environmental Science and Conservation, Conservation
Language en
Subject categories Building Technologies, Public Administration Studies, Settlement studies, Aesthetics


The studies in this section share the intention to address ‘place identity’ as a central concern for varying actors in processes of urban regeneration. ‘Regeneration’ has often entailed an interest in the cultural and historic dimension of the urban landscape. Replacing urban renewal within urban planning around the 1970s, it embraces an intended rejuvenation and development of existing physical structures. The main role of conservation in such processes seems to be to define which are the aspects of place identity that apply for historical values and to secure their maintenance throughout the project. In this way, defined historical values of the built physical structures – as parts of the place identity – can become ‘constants’ to which other actors and other kinds of interventions have to relate.

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