Nibbling away the spirit of place in protected urban areas

Sampaio, Julio Cesar Ribeiro (2008) Nibbling away the spirit of place in protected urban areas. 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 conservation of protected urban areas (large and small, including cities, towns and historical centres or quarters) is affected by various factors that mitigate the authenticity and integrity of this cultural heritage. Within this universe, small-scale phenomena that, in the majority of cases, occur practically undetected, gradually contribute towards alteration of the appearance and content of the architectural setting of these localities. This work concentrates on analysis of the cumulative effect of minor alterations carried out gradually by the users of these areas, a topic that has been attracting particular attention from the specialists and entities concerned with conservation. Such nibbling modifications are defined as "inch-by-inch deterioration." At the outset, the article discusses the conception of protected urban areas. It then proceeds to seek understanding of the present conditions of such spaces, through analyses of their transformation, and the conservation measures adopted. Finally, it focuses on a study of the nature, causes and consequences of this creeping alteration, in particular, how they undermine the ‘spirit of place’ of these areas, as well as how they could be reversed with special reference to Rio de Janeiro city’s protected quarters.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Sampaio, Julio Cesar Ribeiro
Languages: English
Keywords: urban areas; historic town centre; urban renewal; conservation; spirit of place
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 16:12
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
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