The Importance of the Spirit and the Sense of Place: Side Effects of the Underestimation of It in the Modernist’s Town Planning

Mazzola, Ettore Maria (2008) The Importance of the Spirit and the Sense of Place: Side Effects of the Underestimation of It in the Modernist’s Town Planning. 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)

Does the spirit and the sense of place influence the quality of life of inhabitants? Is it possible to find any relationship between the reactionary behavior of inhabitants of the so-called French banlieuse and the lack of the sense of the place? The social-architectural evolution of those quarters developed in Rome by the Institute for Social Housing at the beginning of the 20th Century, gives us the possible answers to the problems of nowadays cities and to the improvement of life quality. Those quarters, built for the working class, are considered the best examples of urban-architectural composition of the 20th Century; the real estate market valued those houses like the historical centre, and the inhabitants are extremely proud of their neighborhoods, differently from what is happening in more recent developments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Mazzola, Ettore Maria
Languages: English
Keywords: spirit of place; intangible heritage; town planning; modernism; housing; 20th Century
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 14. Theory of town planning
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Paris, France; Testaccio, Rome, Italy
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 17:27
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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