Built Heritage Management Challenges in the Areas of Rural-Urban Interface

  • Ligita Ažukaitė
  • Jurga Vitkuvienė Kaunas University of Technology
  • Indrė Gražulevičiūtė-Vileniškė Kaunas University of Technology
Keywords: urban sprawl, rural-urban interface, built heritage, sustainable development, Kaunas, Lithuania

Abstract

Urban sprawl and management of rural-urban interface remains the relevant area of research of the last decades. Urban sprawl usually absorbs such relicts of rural environment as the residencies of former manors, fragments of rural settlements, individual buildings. Intensification of concentration of the anthropogeneous processes, shifts in ecological situation, and changes of surrounding visual environment cause threats to the identity and even the survival of rural heritage objects closely linked to their authentic settings. The analyses demonstrate the trends of negative changes of the physical state of rural heritage objects affected by the processes of urbanization. Nevertheless, the urbanization in the vicinity of the relicts of rural landscape cannot be seen solely as negative. The intensification of social and economic processes in urbanized areas and the identity and the distinctiveness of the relicts of rural environment can encourage developing peri-urban areas with the unique sense of place with attractive peripheral centers and to preserve rural heritage adding new values and meanings to it. In order to highlight the opportunities and challenges of management of built heritage in the areas of rural-urban interface, the article presents the results of the sociological research on the state and preservation possibilities of the rural relicts in the urban settings.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.sace.2.3.4025

Author Biographies

Ligita Ažukaitė
UAB „J.ARCH“, Kanto st. 2-5, LT-44296 Kaunas, Lithuania
Jurga Vitkuvienė, Kaunas University of Technology
Lecturer at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Department of Architecture and Land Management.
Indrė Gražulevičiūtė-Vileniškė, Kaunas University of Technology

Associated professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Department of Architecture and Land Management.

Published
2013-05-28
Section
Articles