Sao Paulo - The impact of change and the recovery of intangible heritage

Sampaio, Suzanna (2003) Sao Paulo - The impact of change and the recovery of intangible heritage. 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)

In 1954, during the celebrations of the 4th Centennial of the foundation of São Paulo, people boasted about the great progress the City had made by admiring the high rate of construction. Safe for the great cities in the USA, large urban centres such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are generally capital cities that concentrate the largest and best historic and architectural sites — made up of significant and often artistic heritage — keeping in full with the power they represent. São Paulo never bore the symbolic physiognomy of power, nor does the beauty of its landscape, its rivers and vegetation stand out at first sight. Like most American cities, the urban setting of São Paulo demonstrates the power of its civil society — not its political power. It is still surprising to look back on the pride and the excitement which took hold of the people at that time. Everyone resorted to “the strength, talent and courage of Paulista origins” so as to explain the material metamorphoses the city had undergone in the last seventy years (1874 - 1950). The continuous destruction of the original colonial village and of the provincial imperial town, and the devastation of almost the entire bourgeois republican architecture, was thus hidden beneath the “progress” metaphor that constituted the ultimate justification for all previous destruction. The architectural and historic heritage of São Paulo was thereby buried beneath endless layers of concrete. This paper aims at searching among the debris for whatever significant evidence has remained of these past historical moments: • São Paulo do Campo de Piratininga; • A Clay Village 1554 -1822; • The Imperial City - 1922 – 1889; • The Capital of the Republican Bourgeoisie; • The Contemporaneous City: Problems and Proposals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Sampaio, Suzanna
Languages: English
Keywords: towns; intangible heritage
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Sao Paulo, Brazil
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 14:38
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16

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