Contesting urban monuments: future directions for the controversial monumental landscapes of civic grandeur

Adams, David and Larkham, Peter J. (2022) Contesting urban monuments: future directions for the controversial monumental landscapes of civic grandeur. International Journal of Heritage Studies. ISSN 1352-7258

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Abstract

Decision makers are being increasingly called on to confront controversial urban histories to create more inclusive, diverse monumental landscapes. Although many prominent and officially ‘authorised’ public monuments radiate troublesome heritage, the monumental landscape is also richly complex, and demands an evaluation of the shifting relationship between design intention and public reception, as social, political and local contexts alter the heritage-making process. Based on documentary research, secondary analysis of qualitative interviews and an evaluation of media discourse associated with two examples of monumentality in Birmingham, UK, this paper argues that examining these forces is a necessary and urgent step for actors involved in creating sustainable urban environments. This paper concludes by considering how urban actors might effectively deal with those competing historical and political narratives and generate more contextualised and community-oriented responses to the shaping of the heritage landscape during times of economic uncertainty.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2022.2092764
Dates:
DateEvent
13 June 2022Accepted
23 June 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Monuments, civic grandeur, contested heritage, civic pride, place attachment
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-01 - architecture
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
CAH26 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01-03 - human geography
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Peter Larkham
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 16:00
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2022 13:38
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13304

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