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Heritage management and sustainable development in perspective: theory, law, and practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Loes VeldpausORCiD



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Heritage management as a cultural practice has long been primarily about conserving the fabric of the past for future generations (Pendlebury, 2009). As such it was more concentrated on the tangible and aesthetic dimensions of heritage. Newer approaches aim to be more holistic and development minded. In this context, it is very important to define ways to deal with development and change. Heritage management is no longer about allowing (or disallowing) transformation in itself, but about establishing and guiding the nature of the transformation (Dalglish, 2012; Veldpaus and Pereira Roders, 2014). That way, the future quality of the urban landscape and the relationships forming it are addressed. It positions heritage as an active change agent in the process of urban management (Bandarin and Van Oers, 2015).Urban development and heritage management have often been positioned as opposing powers in urban management. Heritage is seen as one of the "usual suspects" of local grass-roots opposition to urban development, while development pressures are perceived as endangering heritage. The three books discussed here, all address this issue from their own perspective: theory, law, and practice. The book by Taylor et al. (2015) clearly has an academic background, Kalman's (2014) book builds on years of experience in practice, and Vadi's (2014) book discusses the international legal and policy context.

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Author(s): Veldpaus L

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

Year: 2015

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Print publication date: 30/10/2015

Acceptance date: 30/09/2015

ISSN (print): 2044-1266

ISSN (electronic): 2044-1274


DOI: 10.1108/JCHMSD-09-2015-0033