The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific sheds light onto the balancing act of urban heritage management, focusing specifically on the Asia-Pacific regions in which this challenge is imminent and in need of effective solutions. Urban heritage, while being threatened amid myriad forces of global and ecological change, provides a vital social, cultural, and economic asset for regeneration and sustenance of liveability of inhabited urban areas worldwide.

This six-part volume takes a critical look at the concept of Historic Urban Landscapes, the approach that UNESCO promotes to achieve holistic management of urban heritage, through the lens of issues, prospects, and experiences of urban regeneration of the selected geo-cultural context. It further discusses the difficult task that heritage managers encounter in conceptualizing, mapping, curating, and sustaining the plurality, poetics, and politics of urban heritage of the regions in question. The connective thesis that weaves the chapters in this volume together reinforces for readers that the management of urban heritage considers cities as dynamic entities, palimpsests of historical memories, collages of social diversity, territories of contested identities, and sites for sustainable liveability. Throughout this edited collection, chapters argue for recognizing the totality of the eco-cultural urban fabric, embracing change, building social cohesion, and initiating strategic socio-economic progress in the conservation of Historic Urban Landscapes.

Containing thirty-seven contributions written by leading regional experts, and illustrated with over 200 black and white images and tables, this volume provides a much-needed resource on Historic Urban Landscapes for students, scholars, and researchers.

chapter |26 pages


Reimagining the conservation of Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific

part I|102 pages

Conceptualizing Historic Urban Landscapes

chapter 1|19 pages


Palimpsests of cultural memory and their management

chapter 4|18 pages

Re-imagining Eurasia

Past Flatland stories of urban andlandscape heritage

chapter 6|16 pages

Historic landscapes in rapidly transforming Asian cities

Contestations, commodification, and learning from grounded observations

part II|101 pages

Mapping tangible urban heritage

chapter 7|18 pages

Evolution and repercussions of the heritage designation process in Sindh, Pakistan

Lessons from Karachi and Shikarpur

chapter 8|17 pages

Urban morphology and Historic Urban Landscape management

The case of Kolkata, India

chapter 10|18 pages

Creating information management systems for cultural World Heritage

Experiences from Central Asia

part III|95 pages

Safeguarding intangible urban heritage

chapter 14|13 pages

Ghats on the Ganga in Varanasi, India

The making of a vernacular urban landscape and its conservation

chapter 15|14 pages

Safeguarding ritual landscape of living urban heritages

The case of Navadurga Masked Dance Festival of Bhaktapur, Nepal

chapter 16|19 pages

Intangible dimensions of urban heritage

Learning from holy cities of India

chapter 17|19 pages

Cultural routes in China

The urban heritage trails of Chóngqing

part IV|97 pages

Fostering sustainable urban heritage

chapter 20|17 pages

Erasure and appearance

A critical view on urban heritage management practices in China, Laos, Thailand,and Vietnam

chapter 22|15 pages

Regeneration of a Historic Urban Landscape with pedestrian-oriented streetscape design

The case of Deoksugung-gil Street in Seoul, South Korea

chapter 24|18 pages

Rural development

A strategy for urban heritage management in the Asia-Pacific region

part V|101 pages

Localizing heritage stewardship

chapter 25|18 pages

Community-focused urban regeneration

Preserving and activating the Historic Urban Landscape in Malaysian cities

chapter 26|17 pages

Community involvement in heritage conservation

The case of Kotagede, Indonesia

chapter 28|14 pages

Conserving the historic port town of Tomo, Seto Inland Sea, Japan

Repositioning urban heritage in the ‘shrinking society’

chapter 29|18 pages

Understanding community-based heritage values

The case of the Tamil Brahmin settlement in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

chapter 30|18 pages

Wurundjeri-al Narrm-u (Wurundjeri’s Melbourne)

Aboriginal living heritage in Australia’s urban landscapes

part VI|117 pages

Assessing urban heritage policies

chapter 31|15 pages

The Historic Urban Landscape approach in the Australian context

Evolving heritage practice and city management frameworks

chapter 32|16 pages

The monument and the city

Examining India’s legacy of monument-centric conservation in the context of the Historic Urban Landscape approach

chapter 33|19 pages

Historic Urban Landscapes of China

Issues of conservation and management

chapter 35|15 pages

‘Land is a very limited definition of place’

Navigating urban heritage conservation in the Pacific Island nations

chapter 36|18 pages

Historic Urban Landscapes in the Indian Ocean waters

Challenges of urban heritage custodianship for the Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion, and Seychelles

chapter 37|13 pages

A tale of two cities

How tourism development is treated in Yangon and Macau’s urban heritage planning