Most countries, regions and states utilise heritage listing as a means of protecting heritage assets, but many of these lists are faulty, omissive, repetitive or incomplete. Quite often, as a cultural heritage advisor, I have come across buildings in conservation areas that are un-listed, yet they possess vary rare and distinctive fabric. Likewise, I come across many buildings that are neither listed nor in conservation areas that should be listed but are blatantly not. Who keeps tabs on this and who decides to list buildings in the first place?
In NSW, we have a complex system of cultural heritage listing. Most of the items are locally listed. Some are state-listed; a few are listed on the Commonwealth Heritage Register and even less on the National Heritage Register. In Australia, we have 18 World Heritage listings (UNESCO); three of which are buildings and places – the rest being of natural heritage significance.
Heritage – alienation from the means of production? Many years ago, Karl Max and Friedrich Engels coined the phrase; ‘alienation from the means of production’. What is intended by the phrase is that the very people producing the goods that are consumed have extremely limited decision-making powers in the way and the conditions in which…Read More
Michael Wolf – author of ‘Corner Houses’ published in 2010 by Hong Kong University Press writes that there are two major historic events that are fundamental to the creation of the post WW2 Shop Houses.Read More