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Adaptive Histories: The Role of Architectural Historians in Urban Redevelopment Outcomes

Jennifer Mitchelhill, Hannah Lewi, Cameron Logan

What if? What next? Speculations on History’s Futures. Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand | Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand | Published : 2021

Abstract

A 2001 report on protecting heritage in Melbourne highlighted community concerns about the role of property developers in determining the future form and design of urban areas. It was perceived that investors and property developers have disproportionate influence on the decisions of local and state government. In the ensuing twenty years little has changed. Through the case of Collingwood in inner Melbourne, this paper explores some future possible scenarios in which urban and architectural histories might adapt their tools and frameworks in order to find new ways of responding to the pressures of redevelopment in urban heritage precincts.