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Stones In Water: Essays on Inheritance in the Built Environment

Stones In Water: Essays on Inheritance in the Built Environment

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Publication Date: December 20th, 2023
University College Dublin Press
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An exploration of how we value—or undervalue—our inherited built environment as it faces new and old challenges.

Stones in Water explores how we understand and value our inherited built environment That inheritance, created over centuries by our forebears, is central to cultural identity. Because of that importance, it is variously protected, exploited, and even weaponized, used sometimes to celebrate human achievement, at others to undermine it.
Stones in Water reflects on persistent themes in the work of protecting that heritage, ranging from the implications of tourism for the cultural heritage of buildings and landscapes to supporting recovery from the impacts of catastrophic events that affect historic places. Examining how current and emerging challenges are changing perceptions of our shared endowment, Loughlin Kealy shows how new understandings can contribute positively to constructing a sustainable future.

About the Author

Loughlin Kealy is emeritus professor of architecture at University College Dublin and a fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.