Transformation process and spirit of the place: Historic ambits

Petroncelli, Elvira (2008) Transformation process and spirit of the place: Historic ambits. 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)

The transformation processes of the natural and built environment represent a threat for the Spirit of Place, which cannot be obtained by artificially reproducing architectures and spaces. The Sprit of Place, linked to intangible values of a territory, is built up and consolidated through the stratification of uses and meanings that are deposited in places according to the evolution of the community’s ways of living. Although intangible factors mainly affect the morphology of architectures and urban spaces, the Spirit of Place is, in a certain sense, independent of the physical support, because it exist also after that support has disappeared. The contribution suggests a reflection on those themes by joining tangible and intangible components and later analysing the aspects of the transformation processes which threaten the Spirit itself.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Petroncelli, Elvira
Languages: English
Keywords: historic towns; landscapes; urban spaces; spirit of place; intangible heritage
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
C.ARCHITECTURE > 01. Generalities
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 09:53
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
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