Preserving the spirit of the historic city of Macao: Complexity and Contradiction(s)
Imon, Sharif S., Distefano, Lynne D. and Lee, Ho-Yin (2008) Preserving the spirit of the historic city of Macao: Complexity and Contradiction(s). In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]
Abstract (in English)
The preservation of an historic urban area is always a complex problem for site managers who are very often concerned with only the tangible dimension of heritage; preserving the spirit of the place is seldom a priority for them. The process is particularly complex in a rapidly growing casino cum World Heritage city like Macao where competing development priorities coupled with constantly changing demographics are posing a unique challenge to those responsible for the protection of the city’s cultural heritage. By drawing references from Macao, this paper argues that a 'preservation' approach to the protection of the spirit of a historic urban area is not only complex but also flawed as this defeats the real meaning of the Spirit of a Place and concludes that the Spirit of a Place is not something to be 'preserved', but rather to be guided through its own evolutionary path.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords:||historic town centre; World Heritage List; preservation; spirit of place; intangible heritage; local community; tourists|
|Subjects:||M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
|Name of monument, town, site, museum:||Historic Centre of Macao, China|
|UNESCO WHC Number:||1110|
|ICOMOS Special Collection:||Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)|
|ICOMOS Special Collection Volume:||2008, 16th|
|Depositing User:||Jose Garcia|
|Date Deposited:||16 Sep 2010 09:20|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2011 19:12|
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