Vernacular architecture and their setting vulnerability: one example of recovering heritage and setting

Prieto, Valeria (2005) Vernacular architecture and their setting vulnerability: one example of recovering heritage and setting. 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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Abstract (in English)

Vernacular architecture is the most vulnerable of all built heritage, and it is in danger of disappearing in most countries in the world. In most cases, the protection of its setting has been left out of legal and administrative considerations. Specific indicators that help define vernacular architecture and its setting with precision are necessary to protect them. In the case of built vernacular heritage, it is useful to start with a simple classification that can be applied to most of the places where it still exists. Once this classification has been accepted, it can then be related to the corresponding natural and urban surroundings, taking into account tangible and intangible heritage as well. In this way, it will be possible to use universal concepts to define and even to catalogue the heritage landscape settings that are an essential part of the context of the vernacular. To preserve the setting of urban and natural landscapes it is necessary to establish specifically norms and; the protection that is currently in place can then be extended to the entire setting and in each case the differences related to urban and rural aspects can be clearly defined. It is necessary to promote new formulas for the preservation and adequate use of the landscapes that form the urban and rural setting of vernacular architecture. These measures should go beyond the administrative and legal arena, which is necessary but not enough on its own. They should take into account the social attitudes of the communities linked to the specific setting, and understand the changes that have been brought on by the pace of technological change and urbanization, as well as the influence of urban areas on rural communities and the ways in which the setting has been affected. Finally, an analysis will be made of how the destruction and modification of the setting of vernacular heritage will end up contributing to the disappearance of a large part of the intangible heritage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Prieto, Valeria
Languages: English
Keywords: vernacular architecture; setting; landscapes; conservation; legal protection; local communities; intangible heritage; threats
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
Name of monument, town, site, museum: San Antonio Tierras Blancas, Los Reyes, Michoacan, Mexico
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 07:41
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14

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