A new category of heritage for understanding, cooperation and sustainable development. Their significance within the macrostructure of cultural heritage. The role of the CIIC of ICOMOS: Principles and methodology

Suárez-Inclán Ducassi, Maria Rosa (2005) A new category of heritage for understanding, cooperation and sustainable development. Their significance within the macrostructure of cultural heritage. The role of the CIIC of ICOMOS: Principles and methodology. 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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As a new category of cultural heritage, Cultural Routes help not only to observe the evolution of this concept but to reveal its true macrostructure. They also help to recognise the increasing importance of both the environmental and territorial aspects related to cultural heritage. Cultural Routes represent a value set whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts and offer new perspectives for preservation / conservation by stimulating intercultural dialogue, sustainable development, and cultural tourism. This category launches a model for a new ethics of conservation that contemplates cultural values as a common and shared heritage which often transcends the internal frontiers and requires to unify our efforts to be defended. The International Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes of ICOMOS has worked hard for the last ten years in order to define their characteristics and to elaborate a methodology aiming at their identification, appreciation, inventory and adequate treatment. This paper will present a resume of this work and its results. Among other aspects, there will be explained the differences between real Cultural Routes and simple thematic circuits or tourist tours which are based on associations of ideas or elements and other ways of communication like cultural corridors that do not correspond to the historic and conceptual category of Cultural Routes. Cultural Routes forge into a dynamic system of reciprocal influences the historic communication routes which served a specific and well determined goal over significant periods of the history, along with tangible and intangible cultural assets associated with their functionality which testify the existence of those reciprocal influences. They occur within a natural context and on a variety of possible scales: local, national, regional, continental, and transcontinental. Monuments

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Suárez-Inclán Ducassi, Maria RosaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural routes; concept; definition; charters; Operational Guidelines; conservation; management; international cooperation; CIIC
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 06. Doctrinal texts, conventions and charters
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 12:15
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/456

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