Communities, heritage and planning: Towards a co-evolutionary heritage approach

Karim van Knippenberg*, Beitske Boonstra, Luuk Boelens

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Community engagement is becoming a key part of heritage management processes. Community-heritage engagement, however, also means that heritage management processes become more dynamic and versatile, as participation and community engagement is often complex, multifaceted, open-ended and unpredictable. This paper introduces a third, more radical perspective on community-heritage engagement, which we coin ‘a co-evolutionary heritage approach’. We argue that a co-evolutionary heritage approach is alive to the adaptability, flexibility and complexity that comes with the diversity of heritage valuation by communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021

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