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Defining urban graphic heritage for economic development in the UK and China

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posted on 11.09.2019 by Robert G. Harland, Qin Du, Andrew Selby, Paul Wells, Jie Xu, Lou Yonghi, Xueqing Zhang
What new perspectives can graphic design contribute to design for heritage? This paper provides answers to this question by confirming the meaning of heritage and the value of research in the context of a vibrant and evolving creative industries in the United Kingdom and China. Heritage has become an important topic for research in recent decades, and now features as a priority area with research councils. Increasingly, it is framed as cultural heritage, but the meaning of culture is unclear. In outlining the challenges associated with rapid urban development in China, and the importance of design, planning and heritage, a framework for analysing urban graphic heritage is proffered alongside empirical research from the United Kingdom and China. Despite its importance being overlooked in heritage discourse as well as contemporary reviews of the creative industries, graphic design is shown to provide a unique overarching perspective for the design challenges associated with the human experience of urban heritage.

Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), through the ‘Development through the Creative Economy in China’ scheme

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  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Source

International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019 (IASDR 2019)

Publisher

IASDR

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VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Acceptance date

21/06/2019

Publication date

2019

Copyright date

2019

Language

en

Location

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Event dates

2nd September 2019 - 5th September 2019

Depositor

Robert Harland

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