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The third instalment of the four Thresholds panel discussions will be debating the roles and responsibilities of Designing the Past.
Environmental and cultural heritage values play an important role in most planned place making projects. But who determines which histories, practices, attachments and meanings are represented? And what of the intangible identifications that historians never mention?
The default position of contemporary urban design is erasure, followed by the tokenistic incorporation of what has been destroyed into the new consumer offering. Heritage survives as branding. The power of the past is to change not in our new places, where the object is to pretend nothing has changed.
Have designers a role in counteracting the planner’s determination to neutralize memory? Are they (or should they be) equipped to detect the everyday mechanisms people use to live together? Is responsible place design really a kind of dramaturgy?
- Paul Carter
- Harriet Edquist
- Quentin Stevens
- Charles Anderson
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