Buildings As Artifacts: Heritage, Patriotism, And The Constructed Landscape


Both in Europe and the United States reconstructed villages and architectural collections have become tourist attractions. Here architecture is being promoted as regional and national heritages. The architectures are also utilized as backdrop or artifacts for promoting history, ethics, and industry. This is possible when it is removed from the actual context and reconstructed as a new architecture. 

The heritage constructions become more beautiful when we see them as tourists. In most cases, visitors usually have a narrow understanding of time and place about these artifacts.

Buildings As Artifacts

The majority of tourists and travellers feel like travelling through time and place when they visit cultural and historic heritage sites. These sites succeed in carrying the visitors to the landscape which is completely outside the usual contemporary experience. There are many American and Scandinavian open-air facilities that are made available to the international public as historic architectures. 

These help in encouraging the patriotism along with civic pride through shared heritage. More than anything this helps in providing historical experience for visitors. Modern heritage requirements come with a high price but it offers accessibility and preservation. The historical sites were often built to keep proof of the creativity of our ancestors. Later the same sites became tourism destinations. Today the same sites are interpreting revenue, authenticity, and reconstructions. 

Today most of the historical destinations are under architectural reconstruction as well as restoration aiming to become tourism backup. We can imagine the scenes of the past while standing in front of a building that has historical authenticity.

Tourism, Heritage, And Authenticity

History is nothing but documented a series of several events. History also represents traditions and identities. But one must understand that history was never agenda-free. It always came with some agenda. Cultural production helped in driving shared heritage and interpreting personal heritage as well. 

History also claims objectivity but the heritage is subjective. Heritage always influences a group or individual understanding of history. Participants of heritage choose persons, events, cultures, and even artefacts for identifying. Heritage is always exclusive when it comes to participants. Experts say that history is meant for all whereas heritage is the choice of every person. Shared memory or heritage helps in strengthening group bonds and through this, it is easy to build a connection with history. We can get to the real facts of the incidents that happened in the past revolving the architecture.

Final Thoughts

The accessibility and preservation of architectural heritage sites help in ensuring appreciation will be received by the future generations. The new generation will always be proud of and appreciate the past and their built environment. Along with that, this will also help in impacting the present heritage as well. 

Consider architecture as three –dimensional medium. Experience it in person. If possible experience architecture in its authentic cultural, temporal context, and even in a regional context. The experience should be similar to that of visiting a village or urban environments. There are many open-air museums. Here, buildings are the objects of attraction, but within a boundary. 

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