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Built Environment

The research in the strategic direction of the built environment focuses on the relationship between urban history, heritage production, value assessment, and professional practices. The research studies what are important parts of the cultural heritage of different groups in society, the relationship between the ephemeral and the permanent, between change and conservation. In this group are explanatory models, theories and methods developed in the humanities and social sciences important. Also science perspectives on cultural processes, such as climate and landscape issues are contained within Built Environment and several issues overlap with research in the subject groups Crafts and Preservation.
The Built Environment group’s major research themes and projects:

Structural Change and Cultural Heritage Processes

This area of research aims to expand our knowledge of the complex connections between structural change in society and cultural heritage processes. Among other things, the research intends to contribute to the development of methods for predicting change and communicating cultural heritage perspectives in various planning processes.
In 2009 the interplay between conceptions of the future and different attitudes to the past in various planning situations were studied with a case in Gällivare-Malmberget. This study, financed by the Swedish National Heritage Board described how conceptions of the future and of the historical past can differ between planning authorities and the general public. It also shed light on the importance of the physical environment for different groups as they undergo structural transformation and other profound social changes.

The History of the Built Environment and Buildings

An important part of the department’s research deals with the history of the built environment and various aspects of building history. Our research on the history of the built environment studies transformation processes in the cultural landscape, the rural building stock, and the urban environment. Building history research deals with questions of how buildings have been planned, constructed, and used in different eras. The objective is to increase our understanding of individual buildings and historical periods and to develop methods for investigating buildings. In these methodological studies, our building history research overlaps to large degree the issues of craft research.

Subject Area Contact Information

For further information, please contact one of the subject area research leaders:
Built Environment:
Professor Ola Wetterberg
Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects:
Professor Elizabeth Peacock
Craftsmanship:

Our Maritime Cultural Heritage

Maritime cultural heritage refers to maritime assets such as shipyards, harbors, and slips that are important components of our coastal landscape. That landscape also includes a floating cultural legacy of boats, ships, and other vessels, the well-preserved examples of which are telling representatives of various historical periods, and also serve as exponents for the need to develop and evolve sea-faring vessels to meet the new demands of contemporary society.
Contact person: Bosse Lagerqvist
 

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