Changing perspectives in planning for historic centres

Piccinato, Giorgio (2005) Changing perspectives in planning for historic centres. 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)

How are historic values being perceived by the citizen?. My assumption is that such values can be saved only through a process of social recognition and interpretation. Social interaction is crucial to the process of building shared values: it is dialogue that will help winning the battle for conservation. Taking into consideration people attitudes towards their own past, instead of teaching them how to think, could help in designing more effective policies Unfortunately, in most countries recently opened to market economy the main trend appears to privilege renewal vs. conservation: the appeal of modernistic icons is still much too strong. But is it the traditional experts’ approach the correct one? The whole process is based on the assumption that the knowledge of the experts wins over any other, and that the main problem is to explain and articulate that same knowledge. It can be demonstrated that things do not work this way whenever the preferences of other social groups, biased toward different goals, are not taken into account. However, since a few decades, planners seem having adopted an advisory role, rather than a more official (and enforcing) one. They insist on offering small solutions today to great permanent problems, linking advice to specific local conditions, choosing different “planning styles” for different problems. This requires an attitude from the planner that is at the same time humble and curious, in order to gain support or to adapt his early objectives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Piccinato, Giorgio
Languages: English
Keywords: historic town centres; urban renewal; town planning; conservation of historic towns; planning
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 16:24
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
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