Who controls the past controls the future:
who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell, 1984
Nowadays the notion of ‘historic monument’ sounds more and
more obsolete and it seems to be replaced by the emerging con-
cept of ‘culturalheritage’. This trend is clearly evident, for exam-
ple, in the radical transformation of the Hungarian monument
protection system which has taken place over the past decade.
This article does not undertake an evaluation of the specific
situa tion in Hungary, but rather tries to examine the root of this
2013, 144 –146, 262 – 264, 432 – 435.
Mass Housing as CulturalHeritage:
Contrasts of Reception and Valorisation
in Eastern Asia, Europe and North America
very large public housing programmes of modernist towers and
slabs are still in progress. Correspondingly, the reception and val-
orisation of modernist mass housing is also highly geopolitical-
ly and culturally compartmented, in contrast to the unity of val-
orisation of the ‘old’ canonical building types – although its huge
scale and its worldwide spread are undeniable.