By Simone Sandholz

This booklet offers an outline of the demanding situations that towns in Latin the United States and Asia are dealing with concerning the protection in their tangible and intangible historical past. It argues that city background has a cost that transcends the mere object’s price, constituting an important resource of identification for city population. an analogous is correct for the city intangible values and practices which are frequently linked to locations or constructions. The empirical learn is predicated on case reviews of Kathmandu in Nepal, Yogyakarta in Indonesia and Recife in Brazil; 3 towns that also include middle components with a excessive percent of ancient textile and designated cultural expressions.

The comparative learn of the 3 parts finds the similarities and modifications of city conservation regulations, previous and current upgrading options within the center parts, and the significance of actual and intangible historical past. All 3 towns display that city history, conduct and ideology are nonetheless of value to the inhabitants. whereas there are major variations within the style and point of security the respective criminal method presents, partially out of control city dynamics pose a hazard to all of them.

The textual content relies on a PhD thesis submitted to the Institute of Geography, college of Innsbruck, Austria.

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1 Urban Concepts of Collective Memory, Identity and Place Attachment 11 Petermann 2014). To French sociologist Rautenberg (2010: 133) societies need to invent collective imaginaries of themselves ‘in order to know what they are’. As a consequence there are as many memories as there are groups (Halbwachs 1980 [1950])—a concept which found entry in different recent documents and charters, in particular the 1994 Nara Document of Authenticity (see Sect. 4), pointing out the relativity, plurality and variability of values over time and in different cultural surroundings (Rautenberg 1998, 2010, 2011; Scazzosi 2011).

In: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works) and United Nations University—Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) (ed) World Risk Report 2014—Focus: The city as a risk area. Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works) and United Nations University— Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Berlin/Bonn, pp 5–10 8 1 Introduction Qadeer MA (2012) Urban Development. In: Sanyal B, Vale LJ, Rosan CD (eds) Planning ideas that matter: livability, territoriality, governance, and reflective practice.

As a consequence, social attitudes and values are altered globally; modernity led to a disengagement of direct links of local contexts 18 2 Theoretical Background and Research Approach (Townroe 1996). Places are no longer clear supports of local identity (Giddens 1990; Morley and Robins 1995). Opinions on the value of places vary, so do emotional connections. Sense of place is a personal matter that might change and even get lost (Schofield and Szymanski 2011). The urban functional segregation of the past decades has led to a decreased personal identification with the city and an increased identification with few clearly defined spaces (Grünberg 2004).

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