Mind-map showing themes related to societies and vision for humanity: changes in technology, finance and values.

Local examples of common themes

In relation to the challenge, societies and vision for humanity, is one or more of these themes expressed in your local area?

Through investigating the challenge of societies and vision for humanity, we have discovered that heritage challenges can involve buildings and places which have passed their use-by date. Most of these heritage assets have values in spite of their dereliction.


The most common themes that link heritage challenges include:

  • Changes in technology: Technological advances which render the original building form obsolete. Adaptive reuse may be necessary to ensure the viability of the building.
  • Finance: The cost of maintenance sometimes results in lack of repairs, leaving buildings in a state of dilapidation.
  • Values: Some heritage places are valued for other reasons, eg land value, rather than for their heritage significance. This may lead to significant change to the building fabric and or demolition of the heritage asset.

Using Kinkabool as an example, you can see how these three themes are demonstrated in the mind-map. Click the image below to enlarge.

Mind-map example: Kinkabool

To view the mind-map as text, access the Mind-map example: Kinkabool at the bottom of the step under the heading ‘Downloads’.

Your task

In the previous step we looked at a specific heritage challenge, societies and vision for humanity. This task focuses on the themes you may encounter when addressing this challenge (and others).

  1. Within your local area, explore the challenge of societies and vision for humanity. Identify a place that exemplifies this challenge.
  2. What are some examples of the themes (ie changes in technology, finance and values) that apply to the place you have identified?

You may find that making a mind-map will help you to organise your ideas. You could do this with pencil and paper or digitally using an online mind-mapping tool (eg Bubbl.us).

In the comments share your examples of the themes in your local place. If you have created a mind-map, include a link to your mind-map (on Google Drive, OneDrive, Flickr, etc).

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This article is from the free online course:

Cities of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Why Heritage Matters

Griffith University