School of Architecture

  • URBAN CONSERVATION AND REGENERATION

    The work of this research group focuses on the conservation, regeneration and management of the historic built environment. Our research emphasises the value of cultural heritage to sustainability, including the environmental, social and cultural benefits of re-use, the benefits of community approaches to urban conservation in achieving social sustainability and recognising the value of cultural heritage in place making and maintaining unique place identities in a globalised cultural Milieu. Current research of group members and PhD students includes investigations into the role the preservation of heritage plays in tourism development and the ways in which it is being manipulated and re-assessed in the process image and identity creation; methods and approaches to the reuse and adaptation of historically and architecturally significant buildings; heritage, tourism and rural regeneration; and the management of complex urban World Heritage Sites.