Heritage and the post-apartheid city: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Flynn, M. K. and King, T. (2012) Heritage and the post-apartheid city: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 18 (1). pp. 65-82. ISSN 1352-7258 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/16237
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2011.599404
This article examines the development of Constitution Hill on the site of the Old Fort prison in Johannesburg, South Africa. Constitution Hill is the location of the new Constitutional Court and has two main purposes. First, as a heritage site it attempts to address the divisions that characterise contemporary South African society by acting as a physical manifestation of the human rights ethos around which much of post-apartheid South African public discourse revolves. Second, it was conceived as a developmental node to encourage urban regeneration in Johannesburg’s inner city. However, while the Court and related heritage areas have been established, tensions regarding the site’s different purposes have remained and resulted in its incomplete development.
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