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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

A part-time Master's course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Heritage and conservation

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Some parts of the historic environment are important to society as a whole or to a group within it and merit some level of protection or consideration.  They are often valued for more than their economic worth.  This often justifies a protection system for the historic environment which may interfere with the private rights of property owners.  Conservation is the process of maintaining and managing change to a heritage asset in a way that sustains, and where appropriate enhances, its significance.  Indeed change is often vital to facilitate the optimum viable use of an asset so that it continues to receive investment.[1]  Globally, there are many different approaches to how heritage is protected and conserved; in some counties protection is well defined and provided, and in others there may be no formal protection at all.

Expertise and IDBE interests in this area include: