Design and Heritage: The Construction of Identity and Belonging

Grace Lees-Maffei (Editor), Professor Rebecca Houze (Editor)

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Design and Heritage provides the first extended study of heritage from the point of view of design history. Exploring the material objects and spaces that contribute to our experience of heritage, the volume also examines the processes and practices that shape them.

Bringing together eighteen case studies, written by authors from the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Norway, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the book questions how design functions to produce heritage. Including provocative case studies of objects that reinterpret visual symbols of cultural identity; buildings and monuments that evoke feelings of national pride and historical memory; as well as landscapes embedded with trauma, contributors consider how we can work to develop adequate shared conceptual models of heritage and apply them to design and its histories. Exploring the distinction between tangible and intangible heritages, the chapters consider what these categories mean for design history and heritage. Finally, the book questions whether it might be possible to promote a truly equitable understanding of heritage that illuminates the social, cultural and economic roles of design.

Design and Heritage demonstrates that design historical methods of inquiry contribute significantly to critical heritage studies. Academics, researchers and students engaged in the study of heritage, design history, material culture, folklore, art history, architectural history, and social and cultural history will find much to interest them within the pages of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages294
ISBN (Electronic)9781003096146
ISBN (Print)9780367540487, 9780367560263
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameKey Issues in Cultural Heritage


  • Design
  • Heritage
  • Design History
  • Heritage Studies
  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • national identity


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