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id eaea2015_t3_paper19
authors Nevens, Lize; DeVroey, Laure
year 2015
title Heritage for the Future? Towards an Operational Definition of Heritage in Hay Mohammadi, Morocco
source ENVISIONING ARCHITECTURE: IMAGE, PERCEPTION AND COMMUNICATION OF HERITAGE [ISBN 978-83-7283-681-6],Lodz University of Technology, 23-26 September 2015, pp.456-465
summary This article searches for a broader conceptual definition of what heritage is and might mean in today's urban society, drawing from the fascinating but disregarded quarter of Hay Mohammadi, in the outskirts of Casablanca, Morocco. On the one hand, we explore how current heritage actors and strategies maintain a somewhat odd distance between the quarters' immaterial heritage (stories, histories and memories) and material heritage (spaces, buildings and objects). On the other hand, the strong emphasis on the presence of French colonial architecture by different heritage actors does not match the way inhabitants perceive the quarter. By bringing both perceived oppositions together, we develop the quarter -conceptually and practically- as a testing field for a new definition of heritage, that argues for 'operative memories': a far more active, engaging and future-oriented comprehension of what heritage is and might be.
keywords Morocco; colonial heritage; material and immaterial heritage
series EAEA
email nevens.lize@gmail.com
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