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Cities of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Why Heritage Conservation Matters

Get an introduction to what heritage conservation is, and why it's important to you and your local community.

Cities of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Why Heritage Conservation Matters

Understand the past through heritage conservation

We are able to make sense of who we are and the world around us because of our past. Find out why heritage conservation is so important to us all, with this course from Griffith University.

You’ll get an introduction to the value of heritage within built environment contexts, and the different global strategies for heritage assessment and conservation.

You’ll analyse heritage case studies from across the world and recognise the impact on local communities. You’ll develop a knowledge of the social values of heritage, and learn how to get involved with heritage conservation and preservation.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsWhat do all of these places have in common? They represent our cultural heritage through the surroundings that we've created. Is heritage important? Can we live without it? It's from our heritage that we establish our identity, who we are, and how we make sense of the world. Our heritage inspires us to be creative. It shapes our lives and our communities. The High Line project is just one example of this. The New York community banded together to transform a derelict old railway track to create a new green space above the west side of Manhattan. The residents preserved their heritage and met the needs of a modern community.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsJoin us in the course as we explore examples in your country and many others with experts from Griffith University, drawing on cutting edge environmental and urban research to create sustainable solutions for a growing global population. Hello. I am Karine Dupre. I have been an architect, planner, and researcher over 20 years now. I have been involved in the evaluation of building heritage and building districts, the adaptive reuse of building heritage and the identification, planning, and management of heritage for tourism purposes. I am passionate about the built heritage, as to me, it speaks about our roots. I'm also very convinced that we need to preserve heritage to pass it on to the next generation. Hi. I'm Caryl Bosman.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsAnd I've taught in both architecture and planning programmes. And I've worked as an architect in London, South Africa, and in Australia. Amongst one of my roles, I was a heritage advisor. I'm passionate about teaching people about our built heritage, because I believe it is our built heritage that is our link to the past and it also informs our future. In this course, we'll delve into why heritage conservation matters by revealing the social value of heritage within built environment contexts. We'll do this through investigating strategies for heritage assessment and conservation, analysing heritage case studies, and considering both global and local perspectives. Join us as we answer the question, "Can we live without heritage?"

What topics will you cover?

  • Definitions of heritage in different built environment contexts
  • Globally adopted heritage frameworks and guidelines
  • Global case studies of different heritage challenges across different scales and how this impacts on local and global communities
  • Recognising and acknowledging community values in policy and practice
  • Levels of engagement and different career opportunities in heritage studies, preservation and conservation
  • Prompts to pathways to find out more about getting involved

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the meaning of heritage and its value.
  • Discuss the guidelines and frameworks that apply to heritage in your local area.
  • Evaluate the impact of changes, at all scales, to the built environment, on local and global communities.
  • Investigate options for future engagement and career opportunities with heritage studies.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in heritage conservation and preservation, on a local and global scale.

Who will you learn with?

Karine Dupre

I am a registered Architect and a practising academic, holding one PhD in Urban Planning and another in Contemporary History. Working at Griffith University, my research focuses on Cities and Tourism.

Caryl Bosman

I am an Associate Professor teaching Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University Gold Coast campus. I have worked in architectural practices and as a heritage consultant.

Who developed the course?

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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