On the concept of setting: A view based on China's theory and practice of cultural heritage conservation

Songling, Xu (2005) On the concept of setting: A view based on China's theory and practice of cultural heritage conservation. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper contains four parts. In Part 1 a discusses involves the significance of the setting concept within Chinese historical culture (the conception of unifying nature and humanity, its derivative FENGSHUI, a term not only physical landscape sense but also the cultural and spirit sense, etc), its particularity comparing to European culture, and its stress suffered from China’s economic and cultural modernization and globalization. In Part 2 an attempt delivers to inquire into the understandings based on different kind of China’s immovable heritage (i.e., static and living, buildings and sites, individual and serial), generalize the characteristics of setting (e.g., natural and man-made, physical and non-physical, strict sense and extended sense, etc), and establish the conceptual structure of settings (components and their relationships, narrow sense and broad sense). Part 3 provides an analysis and evaluation of approaches to the setting in China’s conservation of cultural heritage, e.g. restoration, remove, reconstruction, rehabilitation, adaptation, etc. Part 4 presents a prospect of China’s understandings and approaches on the global term, especially focusing on its universal significance and shortcomings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Songling, XuUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: conservation of cultural heritage; setting; concept; Feng Shui
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 16:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/307

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