The local identity and design code as tool of urban conservation, a core component of sustainable urban development – the case of Fremantle, Western Australia
Agnieshka Kiera , City Heritage of Fremantle
This presentation asserts that heritage conservation based on the philosophy and standards of the Athens and Burra Charters is no longer sufficient to ensure a viable future for urban heritage. While heritage continues to represent an essential aspect of the human condition and continuity, the current approach and methods of conservation fail to include sustainability of heritage as a component of human progress and evolution. In Australia, heritage conservation is still dealt with as separate from town planning and its role as a determining factor in the resilience and capacity of historic cities to endure into the future as viable urban capital is largely underestimated.