Conserving Architecture as Living Heritage: Tradition and Letting-be

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This paper provides a short discourse on the conservation of architecture as living heritage. It examines the topic under the two themes of 'tradition' and 'letting-be', making an argument for using tradition to ontologically let-be a work of architecture so that it can be released into its own essence as living heritage. The paper draws upon Heideggerian philosophy to bring into sharper focus these foundational concepts and further illustrates the main points put forward by way of three short case examples.


Keywords: Heritage Conservation, Living Heritage, Architecture, Tradition, Letting-be
Stream: Cultural Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Conserving Architecture as Living Heritage


Dr Fontaine Liu

PhD Research Candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, The University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Fontaine is presently a PhD research candidate in heritage conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia. She holds degrees in Master of Heritage Conservation (Honours), University of Sydney, Australia, 2005; Master of Business Administration (Accountancy), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 1992; and Bachelor of Accountancy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1984. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Singapore. Her academic honours include Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2006; Rodney Connors Prize for Conservation Studies, 2006; Dean’s Honour’s List, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005, 2004; Major Assignment Prize in Development Finance, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005; Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship, Singapore, 1981; Ministry of Education Pre-U Scholarship, Singapore, 1979; and Prime Minister’s Book Prize, Singapore, 1975. Prior to her current academic undertaking, she has had extensive working experience in various industry sectors.

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