The macuti house, traditional building techniques and sustainable development in Ilha de Moçambique.

Sollien, Silje Erøy (2012) The macuti house, traditional building techniques and sustainable development in Ilha de Moçambique. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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This paper is part of the initial phase of PhD research focusing on conservation of the macuti architecture in the World Heritage City of Ilha de Moçambique. It questions how initiatives to preserve traditional ways of building in this area, of which parts could be described as an urban slum, may reflect a sustainable return to the art of building. Implied is that preservation of this way of building may have a value in the form of strengthening cultural identity and possible environmental and socio-economic advantages. However, in order to overcome negative associations with colonial subordination, poverty and low social status, such initiatives need to be part of a wider programme of strengthening cultural and social capital among the population,avoiding division into tangible and intangible heritage management, and include broad ecological and socio-economic considerations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Sollien, Silje Erøy
Languages: English
Keywords: Conservation; Macuti architecture; World heritage sites; world heritage conservation; Preservation; Traditional architecture; Traditional buildings; Slums; Urban areas; Sustainabmle development; Cultural identity; Enhancement; Social development; Economic development; Intagible heritage; Tangible heritage; Management; Ilha de Moçambique
Subjects: C. ARCHITECTURE > 01. Generalities
D. URBANISM > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Ilha de Moçambique,
UNESCO WHC Number: Island of Moçambique, Nampula Province Mozambique (WHC 599)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2012 17:52
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 09:55
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