The monastic dwelling and the spirit of the place as determinant values in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey of San José

Avendaño S., Debby (2008) The monastic dwelling and the spirit of the place as determinant values in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey of San José. 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]

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Abstract (in English)

This study aims to determine the existing relationship between architecture and the Benedictine tradition from the notions of dwelling of Martin Heidegger and the spirit of place of Christian Norberg-Schultz, embodied in the Benedictine Abbey of San José (Güigüe, Venezuela), designed in the eighties by the Venezuelan architect Jesus Tenreiro Degwitz. This work, considered as a National Cultural Property, is an evidence of both the transmission of a heritage (tangible and intangible) and a continuous process of its own transformation. Thus, the building is presented as a synthesis of the historical and traditional relations, materialized in the contemporary condition of architecture; manifesting as the witness and the result of a process largely determined by the nature of the Benedictine coenobitical practice. Regarding this, we will deal with a conception of space linked to the tradition and life of its inhabitants as well as the historical and geographical characteristics of the place.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Avendaño S., DebbyUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: religious architecture; monastic architecture; abbbeys; spirit of place; intangible heritage
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
C.ARCHITECTURE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Benedictine Abbey of San José, Güigüe, Venezuela
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2010 09:13
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/214

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