Urban heritage as cultural resources: Paradigms of sustainable development

Markeviciene, Jurate (2002) Urban heritage as cultural resources: Paradigms of sustainable development. In: Estrategias relativas al patrimonio cultural mundial. La salvaguarda en un mundo globalizado. Principios, practicas y perspectivas. 13th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Actas. Comité Nacional Español del ICOMOS, Madrid, pp. 168-172. [Book Section]


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The concept of cultural heritage preservation has undergone a major metamorphosis during the Modern Era; however, recent changes may be defined as a transfiguration rather than a transformation. Volume, typology, and spectrum of cultural heritage, but first values and reasons for preservation of historic environment are subject to change. Our galloping world is seeking for change per se – for permanent ‘update’ and ‘upgrade’, with a highly rated value of ‘here-and-now’, and a priority given for ‘new’, ‘original’ and ‘unique’ features, including individual lifestyles. However, individualization (customization) is in fact strictly limited to leisure time activities, while work and other basic spheres of contemporary human life are under increasing pressure of uniformity and regulations, which are supposed to replace traditions and custom law, where social order is under request. However a structuring framework of traditions and cultural continuity is going weaker and weaker, thus culture started to be created ‘ad hoc’ – for specific needs of an organization or a social group – ant therefore becoming a short-term phenomenon. On the other hand, the inherited culture constitutes the vast majority of any human culture; many sociologists in general identified culture as heritage.

Item Type: Book Section
Markeviciene, JurateUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: urban heritage; historic towns; sustainable development
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2002, 13th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2011 19:09
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/568

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