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Modern castles and country houses: the use of history in ‘gated communities’ in The Netherlands

Modern castles and country houses: the use of history in ‘gated communities’ in The Netherlands

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This article deals with the question of why the architecture of new gated communities includes references to built heritage. The emergence of ‘gated communities’ in the Netherlands is especially interesting because its diffusion is not primarily driven by distinct urban segregation and the gap between rich and poor. ‘Gated communities’ in the sense of exclusive communities with rigid boundaries are basically seen as ‘un-Dutch’ by the planning community and the public media. This paper examines, firstly, the local sensibilities to these residential places in the context of a strong institutional spatial planning practice and, secondly, the reasons why ‘gated communities’ were nevertheless embraced by middle-income households. These groups identify with the reference to built heritage-like walled towns and castles and use them for purposes of social distinction. Moreover, they perceive historical as a symbolic marker for like-minded fellow residents

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OrganisatieHanzehogeschool Groningen
LectoraatLiving Environment in Transition
Gepubliceerd inInternational journal of heritage studies Routledge, Vol. 20, Uitgave: 7/8, Pagina's: 818-833
Jaar2014
TypeArtikel
ISSN1470-3610
TaalEngels

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