In recent years, heritage conservation has become a growing subject of concern across all built environment disciplines. Built heritage, including not only architectural monuments but also diverse types of buildings, former industrial sites, large-scale infrastructures and entire landscapes are being increasingly revitalized for new uses and inscribed with new values and significance. These developments highlight heritage conservation as a dynamic, future-oriented practice that will play a key role in guiding long-term planning of cities and regions and providing alternative models of sustainable development.

The growing emphasis on socio-cultural processes and value production in heritage conservation has been reflected in UNESCO’s incorporation of the concept of “cultural landscapes” in the World Heritage Convention, and more recently with the introduction of “historic urban landscape” as a framework to interpret, conserve and manage urban heritage. These emergent approaches to heritage acknowledge that all places are shaped by the complex interplay of culture and nature within larger social and ecological systems, thus bringing to the fore ideas of continuity and resilience as well as the agency of diverse communities.

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