Propelling or Pathological? Heritage in Urban Design


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Aldo Rossi, in The Architecture of the City, describes the urban artefact as a permanence, “a past we are still experiencing.”

Rossi proposes permanence’s present two aspects: “they can be considered as propelling elements or as pathological ones: artefacts that enable us to understand our city in its totality, or artefacts that appear as a series of isolated elements that we can link only tenuously to an urban system.”

Join us for a discussion that focuses on our built heritage and how it can be interlinked with urban design imperatives and opportunities.

Are they appropriately interlinked? If not, why not? What might it be like to have these spheres more productively entangled? What policy and other changes in approach might better enable heritage to be integral to a vital and lived future within the context of a broader urban system?

Join KTA and our panelists—Christine Phillips, Dan Hill & Felicity Watson—in conversation with compere extraordinaire Stuart Harrison.

Curated by Kerstin Thompson Architects. KTA is the 2022 Urban Design winner for the Melbourne Awards, proudly supported by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.