Living Urban Heritage: Understanding and measuring living heritage in the urban century

PhD Candidate: J. (Ji) Li
Supervisors: Pieter van Wesemael, dr. Ana Pereira Roders, dr. Sukanya Krishnamurthy
Project Financing:  China Scholarship Council (CSC) and TU/e
Chair: UUA
Project Period: September 2017 - August 2021



Heritage is defined as “our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations” by UNESCO. Due to its outstanding universal value, heritage conservation and management is becoming a global attraction among international institutes, national governments, professionals, practitioners, tourists, and local communities.

Modern approaches to urban conservation and heritage planning are promoting heritage as living, to be integrated in planning processes and contribute to the quality of life of their communities. Depending on the city, living heritage can embrace different aspects of continuity such as functions and communities, uses and users. Thus, the role of cultural heritage and its conservation is to promote wellbeing of both communities and their identities.

This proposed Ph.D. research concentrates on understanding and measuring the evolution of living urban heritage, including its attributes conservation and community migration, using a World Heritage Site case study. Findings of this research will help us better understand living heritage and improve the way we manage cultural heritage in the modern world.