Heritage as Intervention Thoughts

  • Very simply the villagers have ownership but do not have power in regards to heritage. Value of heritage is given through ‘experts’ in the field. With this process, villagers are not stakeholders. They are participating in the procedure of heritage management as subjects (either beneficiaries or the controlled).
  • Why do villagers do not have much say in this, even though it is their heritage? They are generally inviting of experts on historical environments, they are proud that their buildings attract attention (self-feeding loop). So in a sense they are giving away control.
  • And that is a method that gathers control on the physical fabric of the urban village.
  • And that is also therefore a method that controls the actions of villagers
  • So in a sense that this is a responsible thing to do.
  • But then what are these information used to do?
    • Used to create an authentic experience of the village
    • Where migrants are eradicated from the village and a middle-class community/tourists overtake the area
      • Either tourist development
      • Preserved monuments in a middle-class residential development
    • So we need an alternative where urban migrants would not be gentrified
  • It is also a situation where this model is shifting further and further into villages. So in the future there will be more situations like this where historic villages are made into migrant enclaves. How do we treat the situation in this case?
  • This is one of the first instances where there is a large quantity of heritage buildings in one urban village because development of the urban village is still not as much as the rest (it is not yet at the mature stage).
    • How does the heritage department participate in this situation?
    • What is your prediction?
      • Make it into a tourist spot (which is already developing)
      • There are no current alternatives
    • So we need to make a distinction between urban villages and this village which has a lot of heritage buildings
  • But if the heritage department could do whatever it does, what would it do?
    • Tear down the buildings that aren’t like the historical buildings and rebuild them to create a coherent historical space.
    • What is this space then used for – tourism
  • So the issue is regarding authenticity
    • Which is inbuilt in the definition of heritage – which is based on a nostalgic version of the past which was legitimized by the process of defining heritage itself.
    • Or shall we say that the treatment of heritage is the material image of heritage – that the appearance of materiality matters more than its authenticity
      • So what it is – using the name of authenticity under the banner of authenticity but in reality creates a
  • Role of heritage in gentrification of urban migrants in Chinese cities
  • Role of Heritage Identification in Urban Regeneration – A Study into Definition of Heritage in Materiality and its Relationship to
  • Politics of Heritage

Power effects of Heritage: A Critical Study on the Role of Built Heritage Identification in Structuring Political Power in Urban Villages in China

Keywords: gentrification, geography, regeneration, urban heritage, heritage identification

  • Heritage is a negotiation between the past, present and future
  • Heritage is not primarily about the past, but about our relationship with the present and the future. There are consequences of heritage processes on the future of cities. We need to continuously question the validity of heritage processes, including identification, conservation and management and how they are responding to the contemporary and local context to understand what role are they playing in shaping the future. In being critical about the concept of heritage, we might also need to reorient heritage so that it can better reflect what our aspirations of the present and future are.
  • Heritage is painted as part of the past? Laymen are not part of the past. Is this maybe not intentional by the government.
  • Migrants and their presence as part of the narrative of the city – and to protect this group of people from potential or real threat?
  • Or perhaps what is more in threat is the continuity of heritage – that authenticity is forgotten. And that threat is sufficient to name building craft a heritage.
  • Counterpoint: the affective qualities of material things on people in the contemporary world
  • Ownership of cultural property
  • Check the protection of timber, woodworking heritage protection. How is the protection carried out? Could the creation of craft guilds remake the link between material and process?

Solution-based problem-solving