Urban heritage

A.R. Roders

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Urban heritage is a social construction, a selection of resources in urban contexts which communities hold in common and deem valuable and, therefore, are willing to conserve. Urban heritage can be designated under varied legal status, such as municipal, national and World Heritage. Urban heritage can refer to a variety of urban resources, such as tangible, intangible, movable, immovable, natural, cultural, digital, analog. Urban heritage is the product of a traditional model of resource consumption and production, whereby urban resources can be destroyed or forgotten, unless deemed valuable and/or listed as heritage. The exception is to conserve and reuse urban resources. Urban heritage is a notion at risk of extinction during the XXI century with its expanding definition, and, the further enhancement and adoption of more sustainable models of resource consumption and production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-56845-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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