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Heterotopia and Heritage Preservation

The Heterotopic Tool as a Means of Heritage Assessment


  • Offers a practical perspective on an otherwise traditionally theoretical discussion (heterotopian studies)

  • Presents a new method for analyzing heritage preservation, heritage values and the intervention on the built heritage

  • Interdisciplinary appeal


Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Smaranda Spanu
    Pages 1-3
  3. Smaranda Spanu
    Pages 5-150
  4. Smaranda Spanu
    Pages 151-238
  5. Smaranda Spanu
    Pages 239-386
  6. Smaranda Spanu
    Pages 421-470
  7. Smaranda Spanu
    Pages 471-477
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 479-483

About this book


This book approaches the field of built heritage and its practices by employing the concept of heterotopia, established by the French philosopher Michel Foucault. The fundamental understandings of heritage, its evolution and practices all reveal intrinsic heterotopic features (the mirror function, its utopic drive, and its enclave-like nature). The book draws on previous interpretations of heterotopia and argues for a reading of heritage as heterotopia, considering various heritage mechanisms – heritage selection, conservation and protection practices, and heritage as mnemonic device – in this regard. Reworking the six heterotopic principles, an analysis grid is designed and applied to various built heritage spaces (vernacular, religious architecture, urban 19th century ensembles). Guided through this theoretical itinerary, the reader will rediscover the heterotopic lens as a minor yet promising Foucauldian device that allows a better understanding of heritage and its everyday practices.


Heterotopia Heterotopic Space Heterotopic Principles Heritage Built Heritage Alterity Conservation and Restoration Heritage Status Heritage Practices and Policies Alternate Orderings Materialised Utopias Utopian Encoding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cluj-NapocaRomania

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