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Past Matters

Heritage and Planning History— Case Studies from the Pacific Rim

Editor(s): Caroline Miller

Book Description

Past Matters brings together a group of largely Australian and New Zealand academics who in a series of case studies consider how planning concepts were adopted, adjusted, adapted and extended in a Pacific Rim setting. The early chapters explore the interplay between British and American planning models and local circumstances in Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. The main body of chapters recount difficulties faced by indigenous peoples with respect to housing needs and more generally re-asserting themselves in what began as colonial urban areas as well as others that look at community meanings, liberalism and exclusion on the street, and the power of sectional interests. The latter chapters also pose questions about urban heritage in terms of what and whose interests are at stake in these debates. The volume concludes with two convergent chapters that outline some practices by which ‘heritage’ of a more day to day suburban sort can be protected within a planning system. The collection centres on Australia and New Zealand but extends to include chapters on Canada and Japan. The viewpoints offered serve as a gentle reminder of the limitations of ‘Metropolitian Theory’.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8199-2
ISBN-10: 1-84718-199-6
Date of Publication: 01/06/2007
Pages / Size: 305 / A5
Price: £39.99


Caroline Miller is Senior Lecturer in the Resource and Environmental Planning Programme of the School of People Environment and Planning at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. She has had significant experience as a senior planning practitioner before joining the university. Her research interests include the development of town planning in the first half of the 20th century, heritage management and professional practice. She has recently completed a history of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Michael Roche is Professor of Geography in the School of People Environment and Planning at Massey University’s Palmerston North campus. He is an historical geographer who has published widely on the timber industry and rural economy of New Zealand. More recently as spin off from work on discharged soldier settlement he has begun to work on housing issues in New Zealand in the 1920s. He is co-editor with Lindsay Proudfoot of (Dis)placing Empire (2005).