Conserving Architecture as Living Heritage: Place Tradition and Letting-Be

By Fontaine Liu.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper provides a short discourse on the conservation of architecture as place, making an argument for letting-be place tradition to conserve architecture as living heritage. It focuses on the twin concepts of ‘place tradition’ and ‘letting-be’ in relation to conservation of architectural heritage, drawing attention to what is commonly referred to as ‘invented’ place tradition. The main points put forth in the overview are revisited using three short case examples with different positive conceptualisation of letting-be ‘invented’ place tradition where architecture is released into its own place-ness as living heritage through different means: namely, adaptation in the Cangqiao Historical Street, rehabilitation in the Sydney Opera House and creation in the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In all three instances, change and innovation were taken on board when due in the handing down of the respective place traditions and in so doing architecture was conserved as living heritage.

Keywords: Heritage Conservation, Living Heritage, Architecture, Place, Tradition, Letting-Be

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.973KB).

Dr Fontaine Liu

PhD Research Candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Fontaine is presently a PhD research candidate in heritage conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia. She holds degrees in Master of Heritage Conservation (Honours), University of Sydney, Australia, 2005; Master of Business Administration (Accountancy), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 1992; and Bachelor of Accountancy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1984. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Singapore. Her academic honours include Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2006; Rodney Connors Prize for Conservation Studies, 2006; Dean’s Honour’s List, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005, 2004; Major Assignment Prize in Development Finance, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005; Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship, Singapore, 1981; Ministry of Education Pre-U Scholarship, Singapore, 1979; and Prime Minister’s Book Prize, Singapore, 1975. Prior to her current academic undertaking, she has had extensive working experience in various industry sectors.


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