Development and cultural heritage in Iran: Policies for an ancient country

Rouhani, Bijan Development and cultural heritage in Iran: Policies for an ancient country. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper examines different threats that Iranian cultural heritage is facing due to development and globalization in the recent decades. It aims at showing how sometimes the concept of development has been at odds with the conservation of built heritage. The lack of updated legislation and efficient organizations has caused legal and administrative difficulties for the safeguarding of such heritage. In recent decades, Iran has accelerated its rate of development; however, the unsustainable progress programmes created several debates. The investment in the study on the vernacular and traditional ‘art of building’, learning from the past, and rethinking the concept of development are essential to put an end to the crisis of the protection of cultural heritage in a country with thousands of ancient sites and historic buildings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Rouhani, Bijan
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural heritage; protection of cultural heritage; vernacular architecture; ancient architecture; urban development; legislation; iran, islamic republic of; legal protection; traditional building techniques; dams; sustainable development; cultural heritage at risk; roads
Subjects: D. URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
K. LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2013 09:56
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 09:56
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