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Circulation of Sites and Localities as Heritage

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Publicerad i Association of Critical Studies Conference: Canberra 2-4 December 2014
Sidor 46-47
Publiceringsår 2014
Publicerad vid Institutionen för kulturvård
Sidor 46-47
Språk en
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Ämneskategorier Kulturstudier, Arkitektur


Circulation of Sites and Localities as Heritage This paper explores the ways in which urban sites and localities qualify on the re:heritage market. Akin to what Thrift (2008:201) calls ‘the urban glue’ – a whole host of ‘activities of repair and maintenance’ constantly involving the general population – emphasis is in this paper put on the palette of generic practices of re-use of the urban fabric. The transformation of urban built environments into heritage is generally associated with middle class gentrification processes, involving investment in restoring and renovation of old inner city apartments as part of class constitution (Jager 1986) and entailing the establishment of second-hand stores, antiquities shops and art galleries as a new economic arena (Zukin 1982). While it has been claimed that gentrification needs to be contextualized within and derived from ‘rent gaps’ in the cycles of real estate exploitation (Smith 1986, 1996), other researchers instead have pointed at the ‘black box’ of gentrification in terms of ‘desire’ (Caulfield 1989) and of particular ‘historicizations’ (Holmberg 2006) that were merged in the late 1960:s from i) an urban politics of sanitization, ii) institutional restructuring within the official heritage sector, and iii) academic knowledge production directed towards objects outside of ‘the monument’. Pushing the transformation of urban built environments into heritage in the direction of mobility (Sheller & Urry 2006, Soderström et al 2013) this paper will depart from the notion of ‘circulation’. Circulation in this context entails 1) the reshuffling of spatial meanings, from an original function-based, into one based on heritage conceptions; 2) the real estate and property market where sales items (predominately homes) have become as a core hub for augmented market values through particular modes of presentation and spatial rearrangement that put at the fore the ‘heritage aspects’ of each sales items; 3) the increasing market for old building details or structures – such as used doors, windows and fittings, authentic paint or original tiles – intrinsically connected to particular know-how, skills and craft. Drawing on notions of tradition, ‘pastness’ and history, these different kinds of circulation meet in the reverential activities of renovation, restoration and maintenance of the built environment. References Caulfield, J. (1989) ‘Gentrification and desire’, Canadian Rev. of Sociology and Anthropology 26(4) Holmberg, I. M. (2006) På stadens yta: Om historiseringen av Haga, Diss, Göteborg: Makadam förlag. Sheller M & Urry J. (2006) ‘The new mobilities paradigm’, Environment and Planning A 38(2) 207 – 26. Smith, N (1996) The new urban frontier: gentrification and the revanchist city, London: Routledge. Smith, N. & P. Williams (1986) Gentrification of the city, Boston: Allen & Unwin. Söderström, O., S. Randeria, et al, Eds. (2013) Critical Mobilities, London Routledge Thrift, N. (2008) Non-representational theory. Space-Politics-Affect. Abingdon: Routledge Zukin, S.(1982) Loft living : culture and capital in urban change, Johns Hopkins studies in urban affairs, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P.

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