Castiglion Fiorentino: Re-thinking the Spirit of Place

Baron, Robert M. (2008) Castiglion Fiorentino: Re-thinking the Spirit of Place. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Hill towns reveal themselves in the morphological traces of their history. Organic urbanism was normally formed from a nucleus and then grown outward. Some cities are coherent in their evolution while others are more fragmented. When there is urban coherence you will encounter the spirit of place even if the buildings are in different styles. This sense of wholeness is often missing in modern urban design as architects and planners are impatient with existing conditions and preoccupied with inventing new architectural forms and master plans that ignore the existing urban system. What we understand as spirit of place emerges through an adaptive design process that transforms existing conditions and generates a formal coherence in the fabric.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Baron, Robert M.
Languages: English
Keywords: town planning; urban development; spirit of place
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 15:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
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