Creativity and the settings of monuments and sites in Thailand: conflicts and resolution

Klinkajorn, Karin (2005) Creativity and the settings of monuments and sites in Thailand: conflicts and resolution. 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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The impact of Thailand’s striving after economic transformation is giving rise to the notion that the only way to be truly creative was to be different—making things new, original, and unexpected. Novelty has become the new aesthetic and the yardstick of creativity, even in historic conservation practices. New development strategies and programs are introduced and implemented continually in order to promote economic growth. In parallel, much traditional cultural heritage and its vulnerable setting are disappearing rapidly due to the prevailing modern lifestyles and social change. Settlements in World Heritage Sites and the old city of Rattanakosin are now under heavy development pressure to replace traditional buildings, landscapes, and communities, by new construction projects and tourism developments which are not very sympathetic to the surrounding area, as well. ‘Destructive Creativity’ extols speed, force, and violence. In cultural heritage conservation practices, it can be a blind, amoral, and destructive force, which pushes us forward to an artificial whole, racked with tensions and contradictions. This must be tempered with another form of creativity—a clear perception of the situation as a whole, of where things are moving and how they will evolve—‘the creativity of healing and making things whole.’

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Klinkajorn, KarinUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: conservation of cultural heritage; settings; Venice Charter; World Heritage Sites; development pressure; old towns; development plans
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Krung Rattanakosin, Thailand
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 07:01
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/328

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