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What values are associated with heritage structures and landscapes that are allowed to undergo transformation and change?

The Transformation theme seeks to document how the practice of cultural remembrance can be sustained with materials and landscapes that are allowed to undergo active processes of change and transformation. Within this broad area of interest, the work has a particular interest in the way in which a focus on process, rather than permanence, renders the distinction between natural and cultural heritage unworkable, and unsustainable. This theme considers the future dilemmas associated with the management of change by working within two distinct domains of practice: built heritage and transitional landscapes.

Interventions

Talk

Curated Decay: Arts of Losing, Noticing, Listening

02/06/2018 — 02/06/2018

Talk by Caitlin DeSilvey for Tuned City Messene

 

How might a focus on material process and persistence, rather than preservation and permanence, reorient heritage practice? What new relationships with the past (and the future) emerge from intentional accommodation of transience and decay? When change is inevitable, can we move past discussion of loss and ‘letting go’ to think instead about metamorphosis and ‘letting be’?

 

Caitlin DeSilvey

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@HeritageFutures

and a road and bridge returned from UNDER the water #transformation https://t.co/YyGyVnckXq

Twitter

@HeritageFutures

#Transformation RA Nadia Bartolini reflects on experiences of loss at Orford Ness and asks how can we prepare for -… https://t.co/h8n8AvL7uj

Interventions

Media coverage

Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving

22/06/2017

Hosted by UCL, a panel discussion of Caitlin DeSilvey’s new book, Curated Decay, with guest speakers Professor David Lowenthal, Dr Haidy Geismar and Professor Rodney Harrison.

The book has been featured and debated through various media outlets, with articles in The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Eastern Daily Press, and Cornwall Live – to name a few. DeSilvey was also interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall, and BBC Radio Solent.

Rodney Harrison
Caitlin DeSilvey

Natural Heritage Management