Symposium: Design for Heritage in Theory, 15 October 2019


12:00am until 12:00am, January 18 2020

The Event


9:00am until 5:00pm, October 15 2019


Fuxin Road,
College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University,

The Event

This symposium seeks to explore the role of innovative design for the urban heritage experience. In the built environment there is an established tradition of design being used to enhance ideas about urban heritage, reinforcing local identity and conveying meaning about places and spaces. The need for distinctive cultural or historical signifiers is now commonplace. For example, the use of the colour brown to imply heritage on signs is universally understood. Cities recognise the importance of architectural preservation through iconic buildings, the display of commemorative wall plaques, or the numerous statues of its people.


But who decides what heritage is? Historical monuments in villages, towns and cities are the most obvious example of urban heritage. What other aspects of the urban fabric define a heritage? A ‘contentious heritage’ fuses customs and material things with immaterial meanings (positive and negative) in communication that gratifies or displeases stakeholders. Towns and cities provide the setting for a relationship between form and context where individuals and events are memorialised as street names or statues.


Design is a broad topic. We invite contributions about how the design of products, environments, experiences and services contribute to the heritage experience.


We invite submissions in English to urban-graphic-object@lboro.ac.ukby 1stJune 2019.


Abstracts (200 words) 3rd June 2019 (invitation to participate by 24thJune)

Confirmation to attend 8thJuly 2019

Full paper (4000–5000 words) 15thSeptember 2019


For further information contact:

Dr Robert Harland  r.g.harland@lboro.ac.uk

Johnny Xu  J.Xu3@lboro.ac.uk