In a world undergoing rapid processes of cultural and technological development, traditional methods of architectural preservation and historical narrative are being challenged by evolving UNESCO World Heritage theories and new architectural technologies.
Such technologies – both physical and digital – allow for new approaches to authenticity, and for the translation of evolving theories of place and identity into architectural realities. On the one hand, through the sensitive investigation and treatment of historic buildings, and sensitive interventions and additions to tangible heritage matter. On the other, through data mapping and digital exploration.
By juxtaposing evolving heritage theories of authenticity with new modes of technological development – both physical and digital – the naoh initiative sets out to provide a platform for dialogue about the future(s) of heritage in the 21st century.
© James D. White, 2012