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Certainly, the idea of looking forward to anticipate issues is well established in the futures field, and this attempt to apply it to cultural heritage is novel
Original in looking at heritage this way
On 20 July 1969 the world was changed irrevocably. An estimated 600 million people, about one fifth of the human population at the time, watched the live-television broadcast as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon. Yet despite the fact that this would forever be THE first moment that a human stepped onto another celestial body the significance for humanity as a whole was not immediately recognised. Moreover, no steps were – or have since been – taken to protect and manage significant elements of that event for the benefit of future generations. This begs the question – ‘Why?’
In this latest book in Springer’s innovative Landscape Series, Dirk Spennemann explores the conceptual barriers that prevent the recognition, and subsequent protection, of significant elements of contemporary and emergent heritage. Using the new research paradigm of heritage futures, Spennemann argues that the heritage management profession’s extensive reliance on hindsight remains its major conceptual shortcoming, and sets out the issues faced by cultural heritage professionals if cultural landscapes are to have a future and if future heritage is to be safeguarded.
With its focus on cultural landscapes and landscape futures the book will have appeal for academics, professionals and students engaged in archaeological management, heritage/historic preservation, space history, futures studies and cultural landscapes, as well as for the broader space and environmental communities.
Preface.- 1. A future for our heritage? 1.1 A brief overview of the nature of cultural heritage and its management. 1.2 The nature of cultural heritage values. 1.3 The natural of cultural heritage landscapes and the multi-layered nature of their values. 1.4 The current paradigm of retrospective assessment. 1.5 The tension in value conflicts.- 2. The terrestrial heritage present. 2.1 Extreme terrestrial cultural landscapes. 2.1.1 Example: cultural heritage in/of Antarctica. 2.1.2 Example: deep sea shipwrecks. 2.2 (Near) contemporary technological heritage. 2.2.1 Example: obsolete US Aircraft Carriers. 2.2.2 Example: sites, facilities and ships of the US Space Program on Earth. 2.2.3 Example: sites of the Nuclear Age (Los Alamos, Alamogordo, Tinian, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini etc). 2.3 Example: impermanence of technological landscapes unless managed. 2.3.1 Example: the TV antenna ‘forests’ in British row-house suburbs in the early 1960s. 2.3.2 Example: telephone lines strung across open plains in the US & Australia, both making way to different delivery mechanisms (microwave and cable).- 3. Terrestrial heritage futures. 3.1 The theoretical underpinning of future studies. 3.2 Introduce the concept of heritage futures. 3.3 Strategic foresight in heritage. 3.3.1 Example: contemporary architecture at Charles Sturt University’s environmentally neutral campus. 3.3.2 Example: the future heritage potential of Australian detention centres (Woomera, Port Hedland, Baxter etc). 3.4 Strategic foresight in existing cultural landscapes. 3.4.1 Futures of present-day cultural landscapes in rural SE Australia affected by global warming. 3.5 Strategic foresight in technological landscapes. 3.5.1 Example: wind farms in the North Sea & California. 3.5.2 Example: the nuclear power stations in Central Europe.- 4. Orbital heritage futures. 4.1 The ethics of preservation in space (ie repositioning obsolete satellites into geostationary stable orbits). 4.2 Conflicting interests of scientific research (can we bring items back and if, what are the heritage implications?). 4.3 Development of ‘land’scapes/‘space’scapes or varied configuration. 4.4 The expanding nature of human space scapes: Voyager 1 and 2. 4.5 Space tourism an interplanetary hotel proposals: spacescapes in development.- 5. Lunar heritage futures. 5.1 The sites on the lunar surface: pre-Apollo. 5.2 The sites on the lunar surface: Apollo. 5.3 Future sites on the lunar surface.- 6. Martian heritage futures. 6.1 Nature of cultural heritage generated by remote controlled robots on the surface of Mars and celestial bodies other than the moon. 6.2 Future heritage derived from terra-forming proposals on Mars and the heritage ethics that will entail. 6.3 Beyond Mars: sites on Venus and other celestial bodies.- 7. Robotic heritage futures. 7.1 Considering the milestones of robotic heritage. 7.2 The ethical requirements of collecting virtual life forms (computer algorithms such as web bots). 7.3 The ethics of managing non human heritage using the artefacts created by the Great Apes as an example. 7.4 The ethics of managing future robotic heritage.- 8. Present paradigms and the perception of future. 8.1 The capacity of the heritage profession to deal events of an uncertain nature (examples natural disasters). 8.2 How the heritage profession conceptualises the role of heritage in the future. 8.3 Whether the heritage profession is able to take the advice from technological expert groups (engineering Heritage, Architects etc) when assessing heritage sites?- 9. Pathways to managing future landscapes.-