Some reflections on place, tangible and intangible heritage and on identity construction

Todescini, Fabio (2003) Some reflections on place, tangible and intangible heritage and on identity construction. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Cultural landscapes typically comprise intangible as well as tangible elements, both 'natural' and 'modified'. To their regular users, whose cultures have constructed them at least in part, these landscapes have significant meanings. Sometimes the cultural significance of such landscapes are obvious even to outsiders, but typically, even in those cases, hidden meanings and levels of significance are real to some and not to others. In the general South African context of rapid population growth, urbanization and new settlement establishment, both the identification and the management of intangible elements of cultural landscapes has to be strongly tied to contemporary developments: in other words, the management of cultural landscapes, on the one hand, has to be conceptually and practically linked to development planning and spatial adaptations, on the other. Utilizing a range of material from South Africa, the paper makes proposals for an appropriate conceptual and methodological framework for the proper conflation of intangible elements, when consideration is given to policy concerning cultural landscapes and planning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Todescini, Fabio
Languages: English
Keywords: residential area; tangible values; intangible heritage; town and country planning
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 09:46
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15

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