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Special Issue: Applying a landscape perspective to digital cultural heritage

New Content ItemDigital cultural heritage is shifting the focus from architectural settings to the landscape scale, with an overarching goal to improve how the recording, interpretation and storage of heritage information are conducted making it more detailed, complete, sustainable and accessible. This Special Issue has the goal to address the theoretical and technical challenges of digital cultural heritage through a diversity of topics that range from ethics to policies; from the documentation of natural territorial infrastructures to the conservation of wildlife habitats: an invitation to develop new ways of imagining heritage and its relationship to societies.

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Article Collections

Applying a landscape perspective to digital cultural heritage

Shanghai: Heritage at the Crossroads of Cultures

Rural Heritage: Value, Conservation and Revitalisation

Historic Urban Landscape: An Approach to Rethinking Urban Heritage

20th-Century Heritage: Exploring the New Futures of the Recent Past

Global and Local Challenges in Non-Western Heritage Conservation

East Asian Architectural Culture 

Cultural Landscape 

Technology of Conservation and Restoration of Built Heritage 

Aims and Scope

Built Heritage aims to enhance pluralism and criticism in debates on heritage conservation and revitalization with a glocalized perspective. The conceptual basis of this refereed journal lies on the fundamental cultural differences concerning built heritage conservation, recognizing these differences as a source for creativity and a motivation for cutting-edge experimentation. It fosters scientific exchange between Chinese and international scholars and practitioners, offering a platform to record the latest developments in the field. Encouraging international authorship and evaluation, it allows for the homologation of research and practice with regards to cultural diversity.

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Qing Chang

Chair Professor of the Historic Preservation academic and professional team of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University. Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Chang is one of the prominent Chinese scholars in the field of traditional architecture and built heritage conservation and regeneration. As former head (2003-2014) of the Architecture Department of Tongji CAUP, he is the founder of the first Historic Preservation Bachelor Program in China. As a designer, Prof. Chang has authored architectural and urban heritage conservation projects in China, acknowledged with domestic and international awards.

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Jian Zhou

Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University, National Engineering Survey and Design Master and Director of Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute, Jian Zhou is the Secretary-General of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP) and the Managing Director of ICOMOS China. Prof. Zhou takes on leadership roles in heritage conservation at the Urban Planning Society of China and at the Chinese Historical and Cultural Cities Council. He designs preservation projects in both urban and suburban settings and endeavors research, teaching and training on urban regeneration.

Editorial board endorsements

“I would like to sustain the exceptional scientific quality and value of this journal, as well the importance and contribution of the publication for the international academic staff.”

Professor Ana Tostões
docomomo International Chair


“It is indeed an impressive work and the standard of the articles and graphic presentation has projected [Built Heritage] onto the world scene in the fields of heritage.”

Professor Michael Turner
UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies

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Affiliated with

The Journal is financially supported by Chinese Fund for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Abstract and indexing coverage

  • Chinese Science Citation Database
  • CNKI
  • Dimensions 
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Google Scholar
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China 
  • Naver 
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • Scopus 

2020 Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    17 days from submission to first decision
    38 days from acceptance to publication


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