Townscapes in their setting

Lewis, Miles (2005) Townscapes in their setting. 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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Abstract (in English)

A town or village which is to be conserved as a living entity, and not transformed into a museum, must be handled with great care. It should remain lived in and used, and so far as possible it should remain lived in by its traditional inhabitants and used in the traditional ways. However it must also remain or become financially viable, and it must therefore be able to accommodate some change. The conservation planner must seek to manage this change by maintaining the visual integrity and aesthetic quality of the settlement, but without driving away economic activity. The surroundings of such a town are important economically as well as visually. If the process of conservation drives out the major businesses and retailers, the town itself will die a slow death. To allow tourist business and accommodation to locate outside the area can be similarly damaging – the tourist money must be used to support the sites that the tourists come to see. But to keep tourist activity within the area may also create impossible pressures. Experience in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia has suggested the fundamental principles which are presented in this paper.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Lewis, MilesUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: townscapes; setting; conservation; sustainable development; economics aspects; tourism; traffic control; restoration; infill buildings; surroundings; interpretation; authenticity
Subjects: J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 18:32
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/387

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