Safeguarding an Identity Carved in Stone: Heritage Conservation of the Oamaru Historic Are in Otago, New Zealand

Vallis, Stacy, Orchiston, Caroline and Ingham, Jason (2018) Safeguarding an Identity Carved in Stone: Heritage Conservation of the Oamaru Historic Are in Otago, New Zealand. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

New Zealand is a country with a short history of European settlement (post-1840) and a long record of damaging earthquakes. The Oamaru township showcases one of the country’s most intact Victorian streetscapes built using local limestone construction techniques during a nineteenth century economic boom. Following the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquake sequence, the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry (2012) suggested a nationwide problem through the proportion of deaths which occurred in public places, as a result of the prevalent historic masonry building stock. Through QuakeCoRE (NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience), researchers from the Universities of Auckland and Otago are collaborating across various research platforms to investigate the safeguarding of heritage precincts whilst addressing this urban safety hazard. Conservation of the Historic Area’s unrivalled Victorian Italianate, Neoclassical and Moderne architecture is complex and is closely associated with a strong heritage tourism industry. The adoption of cost-effective and heritage-sensitive structural upgrades is explored by engaging multidisciplinary research methodologies. Constituting the initial phase of investigation, this paper presents the compilation of a historic building database and typological classification based on input from key community stakeholders. Therefore the overall questions are posed: how may local conservation doctrine and specific architectural or construction characteristics inform the development of a typological classification system for the earthquake-prone Oamaru heritage building stock? In conjunction, how may participation by building owners, local authorities, conservation architects, engineers and scientists highlight key perceptions and drivers, to better facilitate the urban conservation of Oamaru’s historic streetscapes? As the foundation document for conservation in New Zealand, the ICOMOS New Zealand Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value (2nd edition 2010) will provide a basis for these discussions. This will ensure that architectural and engineering or scientific commentary accompany each other, enabling holistic conservation outcomes in earthquake-prone regions such as New Zealand.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Vallis, Stacy
Orchiston, Caroline
Ingham, Jason
Languages: English
Keywords: community; stakeholder; sustainability; participation; New Zealand; european settlement; Victorian architecture; techniques; limestone; Conservation; Neoclassical architecture; Modern architecture; Oamaru; risk prevention
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 04. Groups of buildings
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
G.DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 14. Historic urban landscapes
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 14:59
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