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Urban Centres in Asia and Latin America

Heritage and Identities in Changing Urban Landscapes


  • Offers a unique perspective on urban conservation and heritage in Latin America and Asia

  • Bases its empirical research on case studies of Kathmandu in Nepal, Yogyakarta in Indonesia, and Recife in Brazil

  • Presents central conclusions on the meaningfulness of global heritage paradigms in local non-Western contexts, and the need for integrated approaches that reflect the different facets of heritage as a whole


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Simone Sandholz
    Pages 1-8
  3. Simone Sandholz
    Pages 103-134
  4. Simone Sandholz
    Pages 319-329
  5. Simone Sandholz
    Pages 331-333
  6. Simone Sandholz
    Pages 335-341
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 343-379

About this book


This book presents an overview of the challenges that cities in Latin America and Asia are facing regarding the preservation of their tangible and intangible heritage. It argues that urban heritage has a value that transcends the mere object’s value, constituting a crucial source of identity for urban inhabitants. The same is true for the urban intangible values and practices that are often associated with places or buildings. The empirical research is based on case studies of Kathmandu in Nepal, Yogyakarta in Indonesia and Recife in Brazil; three cities that still comprise core areas with a high percentage of historic fabric and distinctive cultural expressions.

The comparative study of the three areas reveals the similarities and differences of urban conservation policies, past and present upgrading strategies in the core areas, and the importance of tangible and intangible heritage. All three cities demonstrate that urban heritage, habits and beliefs are still of importance to the population. While there are significant differences in the kind and level of protection the respective legal system provides, partly uncontrolled urban dynamics pose a threat to all of them.

The text is based on a PhD thesis submitted to the Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Austria. 


Urban Heritage Urban History Urban Centers in Asia Urban Centers in Latin America Urban Conservation Policies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für GeographieUniversität Innsbruck InnsbruckAustria

About the authors

The author is a human geographer with a first degree in architecture and a postgraduate degree in conservation.

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