chapter  21
12 Pages

The integration of cultural heritage and urban regeneration in Melbourne

ByJean Hillier, Anthony Richardson

Critical analysis of the former saleyards and abattoirs of Newmarket in Melbourne, Australia, enables us to explore issues of cultural heritage as incorporated into the urban regeneration schemes of Lynch’s Bridge and Kensington Banks (LB/KB). We examine the projects as politically and economically driven practices that attempt to capitalize on the cultural heritage of the site. We also highlight how the present ‘smudges’ time, blurring distinctions between past, present and future and we emphasize the generative potential of cultural heritage, questioning not simply what it is, but what it can do. The Deleuzean concept of assemblage is of value here as its inherent relationality aids understanding of powerplays, inclusions and exclusions.