Human-Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation

It is with great excitement that I share the publication of my new book, co-edited with Barry Stiefel, Human-Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation: Theory and Evidence-Based Practice, which was officially…

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What is Critical Heritage Studies and how does it incorporate the discipline of history?

At the recent meeting of the US chapter of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, a frequent question, especially from graduate students, was “what is critical heritage studies”? There was…

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Special EDRA47 intensive on using social science evidence to change built heritage conservation practice

Environmental Design Research Association Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 18, 2016 As part of my activities with the Environmental Design Research Association's (EDRA's) Historic Environment Knowledge Network, I have been…

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Are we “ensnared in the system of heritage” because we don’t want to escape?

Recently, I was reading through the papers from the 2013 Australia ICOMOS Conference in the journal, Historic Environment (vol. 27, no. 2, 2015). A couple of papers really struck my…

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Object versus subject centered heritage and the Main Street Program

Several years ago, I read John Schofield's (2009) description of "allocentric" versus "autocentric" heritage. He associates allocentric heritage with objective, scientific, fixed, and detached meanings and autocentric heritage with subjective,…

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