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A Guide to Architecture


This page will provide tips on conducting research on built heritage in Atlantic Canada, and around the world.  It contains links to a variety of online and print available at Dalhousie University. 

What is Built Heritage?

Built heritage, often referred to as built environment, is "the physical surroundings and conditions constructed by human beings, in contrast to those surroundings and conditions resulting from the natural environment."

Source: Dictionary of Architecture and Construction, 4th ed. Sexton Library Reference Collection NA 31 H32 2006 REF.

The notion of built environment encompasses a number of broader concepts including environmental sustainability, social environments, urbanism, even public health and the impact of urban spaces on the psycho-social welfare of inhabitants.