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By Ian Jones, Robert R. Macdonald, Darryl McIntyre, Marie Louise Bourbeau, Caroline Butler-Bowden, Szu-yun Chang, Chi-jung Chu, Anja Dauschek, Geoffrey Edwards, Max Hebditch, Susan Hunt, Jack Lohman, Marlen Mouliou, Gulchachak Rakhimzyanovna Nazipova, Chet O

During this ebook, specialists within the box discover the _new_ urban museum, interpreting the function of town museum in city improvement, the issues posed in facing modern heritage, and the effect of intangible history at the paintings of urban museums.

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Duncan Grewcock, “Museums of Cities and Urban Futures: New Approaches to Urban Planning and the Opportunities for Museums of Cities,” Museum International, no. 231, vol. 58, no. 3 (September 2006): 39–40. ”1 The imbrication of historical memory within the Viennese streetscape, as Kos and others have described it, is neither new nor unintended. The grand boulevard system with which late-nineteenthcentury architects, planners, and political leaders sought to modernize the Austrian capital earned its iconic stature not simply by streamlining the flow of traffic and facilitating nearby real estate investment, but through its less quantifiable achievement of appropriating the symbolism of the past to represent the new power of the nation-state.

Global changes are influencing urban space, creating new tensions and contradictions very different from those of the industrial city of the past. The growth of a dynamic cosmopolitan urban class—living much more in the archipelagic global network than inside the national territory and often participating in diasporic identities—is remodeling urban space. Old 22 GEORGES PRÉVÉLAKIS industrial neighborhoods, often situated in privileged physical settings—in contact with rivers or the sea—are becoming grounds of competition among residual working classes, marginalized groups, and the new rising cosmopolitan class.

Again, this is a realm in which city museums have extensive experience, from organizing commemorations to instigating educational forums and teaching workshops. ’s National Building Museum, the Shanghai and Beijing planning museums, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, institutes of architecture—whose fundamental purpose is to interpret urban planning and architecture. Most of them focus their programs toward design and architectural themes. Most of these institutions are in major cities, though only a few major cities have them.

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