By Rodney Harrison
After Modernity summarizes archaeological ways to the modern earlier, and indicates a brand new schedule for the archaeology of past due sleek societies. The relevant concentration is the archaeology of built, de-industrialized societies throughout the moment 1/2 the 20th century and the start of the twenty-first. this era encompasses the top of the chilly warfare and the start of the 'internet age', a interval which sits firmly inside what we'd realize to be a interval of 'lived and dwelling memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield discover how archaeology can tell the examine of this period of time and the learn of our personal society via designated case reviews and an in-depth precis of the present literature. After Modernity attracts jointly cross-disciplinary views on modern fabric tradition experiences, and develops a brand new time table for the learn of the materiality of overdue smooth societies.
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After a series of expert meetings held in 1995 in Helsinki, 1996 in Mexico, and national ICOMOS conferences in Helsinki and Adelaide in 2001, ICOMOS (2001) announced the Montreal Action Plan on ‘recent’ heritage (defined as heritage relating to the last 100–150 years). The Plan acknowledged the 36 A Disciplinary (Pre)History findings of the Heritage at Risk 2000 Report, which expressed ‘concern over the fate of various heritage types associated with 19th and 20th century, such as residential or urban architecture, industrial complexes, landscape creations or new building types such as stadiums, airports, waterworks or large city parks’.
The society was renamed the Twentieth Century Society in the early 1990s to reflect the increasing number of campaigns that they were involved in relating to post-Second World War buildings. Another important international non-profit, non-government organization, the International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites, and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement (DoCoMoMo) was established in 1988 at the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, its International secretariat moving to the Cite´ de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris in 2002 (DoCoMoMo 2008).
The fundamental issue at stake in both these documents was to encourage people (planners, the public) to think about the historic environment as something holistic, not selective and exclusive to certain places and things. In this sense, the document’s approach was radically different to that of DoCoMoMo and ICOMOS, and the approach of architectural history in general, which instead were focused on the establishment of a ‘canon’ of heritage sites that represented the period. The idea that something can be ‘historic’ only beyond a certain age defies the logic that time is continuous, and that something recent can be ‘historic’ alongside something ancient not least in terms of how people perceive and engage with it.
After Modernity: Archaeological Approaches to the Contemporary Past by Rodney Harrison