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Chapter 2 Challenges in Conserving and Managing Heritage in Asian Urban Areas

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-911396-58-1-4056

ISBN: 978-1-911396-58-1

Published: November 2018

Component type: chapter

Published in: The Planning and Management of Responsible Urban Heritage Destinations in Asia

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-911396-58-1-4018



This chapter builds on the ethical setting presented in Chapter 1. It discusses the challenges facing residents in Asian urban areas and provides an overview of the context in which urban planning, design and management in Asia occurs. Based on this analysis, the chapter then examines the problematic nature of the interface between heritage conservation and the planning, design and management of urban areas, including the impact of tourism in heritage environments. This discussion will provide the context for the case studies and examples that follow in Chapters 3, 4 and 5.
Urban areas in Asia vary in size and include metropolitan areas, regional towns and large cities, as well as portions of cities, such as historic districts. They also differ in terms of geography, economic conditions, political systems and cultural and social systems. Given these differences, it is difficult to generalise about them. However, Asian urban areas have certain similarities, one of which is that their populations are growing at unparalleled rates (see Figure 2.2). Also, the populations of these fast-growing and rapidly-expanding urban areas are demanding infrastructure development at a pace that is often far beyond local economic, financial and human capacities. Such urban areas often have poorly-developed urban management structures and weak decision-making systems, however. Furthermore, these cities have planning and governance approaches that are neither comprehensive nor robust enough to deal with the growth and complexity of the urban situation. In the very largest cities, the limits of liveability have been reached and they are unsustainable in their current form.

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  • Walter Jamieson (Author)
  • Richard Engelhardt (Author)

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  • Professor Walter Jamieson, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University (Author)
  • Professor Richard A. Engelhardt, former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific (Author)

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Jamieson & Engelhardt, 2018

Jamieson, W. & Engelhardt, R. (2018) "Chapter 2 Challenges in Conserving and Managing Heritage in Asian Urban Areas" In: Jamieson, P.W. & Engelhardt, P.R.A. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-911396-58-1-4056


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