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Research themes

The research program explores the evolving notion of built heritage and the impacts of this evolution on the processes of conservation, development, appropriation, management and use of heritage. The notion of built heritage has expanded from a narrow definition, focused on isolated buildings, to a broad definition that includes streetscapes, neighbourhoods, cultural landscapes, routes and historic urban landscapes.

The research themes focus on the following areas:    

  • Evaluation of the gap between general policy frameworks (international conventions, principles, charters, legislation) and actual conservation activities at the site level; 
  • Processes and methodologies for values-based planning and management of heritage properties; 
  • Evaluation of Canadian conservation practice in the 20th century; 
  • Influence of UNESCO’s Convention concerning the protection of cultural and natural heritage (1972) on conservation practice.