Place of myth, University City Campus of UNAM in Mexico City

Arredondo Zambrano, Celia Esther (2008) Place of myth, University City Campus of UNAM in Mexico City. 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)

The University Campus of UNAM in Mexico City, also known as CU was constructed as a 20th century example of a modern city during the 1950’s, on a lava covered landscape near the pre-Hispanic ruins of Cuicuilco. Its importance has always being linked with its past and its nationalistic calling. Therefore, beside the physical construction of this campus, there was also a mythical construction of its meaning, that connects its present existence with its past, determined by the place or site where it is located and the historical conditions of Mexico’s modernization. By way of the Spirit of Place, this analysis wishes to reflect on the true connections between the Genius Loci of the CU’s physical site and history, and the construction of its meaning, using a poststructuralist and a phenomenological approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Arredondo Zambrano, Celia Esther
Languages: English
Keywords: university campus; 20th Century; intangible heritage; spirit of place; World Heritage List
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
C.ARCHITECTURE > 03. Styles of architecture
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
UNESCO WHC Number: 1250
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 15:04
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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