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Sustaining culture in Japanese architecture: preservation, relocation and adaptive reuse


Bell, EK, Sustaining culture in Japanese architecture: preservation, relocation and adaptive reuse, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia, 4-5 September 2009, Wellington, Zealand, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-0-475-12346-6 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The UNESCO World Heritage listed buildings at Nara (奈良), including the temple complex of Tôdai‐ji (東大寺), the Edo Tokyo Tatemono‐en (江戸東京たてもの園, Edo‐Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum), and the architectural and economic renewal of Naoshima (直島), an island located in the Seto Inland Sea, offer three approaches to maintaining architectural, and intangible culture in Japan. Here sustainability of physical and intangible culture is necessarily interwoven with matters of governmental policies, economics and tourism, and with matters of the valorization and commodification of the built environment and intangible cultural practices, and their attendant consequences for sustainable practice. Each of these three examples foregrounds issues of architectural ‘authenticity,’ where sustainability is in part addressed through strategies of preservation and continual rebuilding, through relocation, or through adaptive reuse coupled with new architectural projects.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Japan, Nara
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural design
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Bell, EK (Dr Eugenie Keefer Bell)
ID Code:94846
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2014-09-18
Last Modified:2014-10-27

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