This paper discusses the changes that occur in the meanings that people associate with historic
environments and the impact of such changes in historic preservation. Using the city of Kandy
in Sri Lanka as a case study, I suggest that there should be a critical focus on the environmental
meanings associated with historic places in preservation efforts. Such efforts should investigate and
safeguard the collective relationship of iconic, linguistic, and behavioral attributes of the place. These
attributes are vital in evoking environmental meanings that define the cultural significance and contemporary
relevance of those places for continued preservation.
This is the author's accepted manuscript version, also available at http://constructedenvironment.com/publications/journal/ .
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