Accepted Paper:

The old bag's way: liminal places in contemporary heritage  

Author:

Paul Graves-Brown

Paper short abstract:

Unlike most, but not all, past societies, modernity is characterised by its planned spaces. Yet even here the liminal finds its way, like weeds growing in cracked concrete. This paper will explore the cultural significance of such places and their role in the collision of social values.

Paper long abstract:

Unlike most, but not all, past societies, modernity is characterised by its planned spaces. Yet even here the liminal finds its way, like weeds growing in cracked concrete. Some such places are the byproduct of planning; what are termed SLOAPs (sites left over after planning). Some emerge at the boundaries of planned space, others are the direct consequences of planned geometry, like Gould's "spandrells of San Marco". Many are integral to the plan, but come to be socially marginal; Augé's "non-places". Nevertheless such places can come to be important; the locii of DIY heritage.

This paper will explore the cultural significance of such places and their role in the collision of social values.

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