(Re)Configuring City Meanings: Historic and Contemporary Imaginations in the City of Kandy, Sri Lanka

By Kapila Dharmasena Silva.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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This paper discusses the changes that occur in the meanings that people associate with historic environments and the impact of such changes in historic preservation. Using the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka as a case study, I suggest that there should be a critical focus on the environmental meanings associated with historic places in preservation efforts. Such efforts should investigate and safeguard the collective relationship of iconic, linguistic, and behavioral attributes of the place. These attributes are vital in evoking environmental meanings that define the cultural significance and contemporary relevance of those places for continued preservation.

Keywords: Environmental Meanings, Historic Preservation, City of Kandy, Intangible Heritage

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.13-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.346MB).

Dr. Kapila Dharmasena Silva

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA

Kapila D. Silva is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Kansas. He has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he received his doctorate, and at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, where he received his professional architectural education. His research interests are in the cultural dimensions of architecture, urbanism, and preservation with a specific focus in the Asian region.