What is it about?
This paper is grounded in a rancorous debate in built-heritage studies concerning heritage policies and the disputes associated with them. Despite the seeming dominance of architectural considerations in decision-making about heritage protection, factual evidence from previous studies shows that not one, but five factors are involved, in differing doses, in the decisionsmade by planning bodies: architecture and design, city-planning, social considerations, economics, and property-related considerations. This paper categorizes each of these elements and frames them in a new conceptual framework. . The framework analyses the five factors from the perspectives of two prisms: support or opposition to heritage protection policies. Through a prominent case-example of Tel Aviv’s conservation plan, we then demonstrate that the new conceptual framework can be utilized to better understand the multifaceted debates – overt or covert – surrounding heritage protection. The case study and the conceptual framework suggest that although urban form and design issues are quite dominant, other non-physical considerations shape the dynamics of conflicts, practices, and policies surrounding heritage protection.
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Why is it important?
The essay flags a variety of issues that come to the fore in heritage disputes. It then moves on to discuss how these issues materialize in real-life conflicts. The conceptual framework developed herein can help preservationists, heritage scholars, and policy-makers to better-understand the root causes of heritage conflicts and to address them.
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This page is a summary of: Architecture is not everything: a multi-faceted conceptual framework for evaluating heritage protection policies and disputes, International Journal of Cultural Policy, September 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2018.1518978.
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