Memory, values and teaching in Havana

Rojas, Ángela (2003) Memory, values and teaching in Havana. 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)

Different people have different values. Poverty, conflicts and social differences are evidenced by disruptions, ugliness and other urban landscapes but, at the same time, they are the answers to functions and symbols developed by people to deal with adversity. Vernacular houses, urban spaces and building typologies are, in those cases, produced by feelings and religious beliefs more than by any other kind of idea. The townscape acquires importance once again, since values are not only produced by historicity or beauty, but by particular ways of life and the way in which people use and understand the environment. To show diversity in heritage could be a way to understand diversity in people. Colon neighbourhood is an ugly and dilapidated area of Havana but, at the same time, it is full of traditions and place-attachment. This presentation shows how architecture students analysed and detected values focusing on how people use a place and how traditions have created their own urban and architectural structures, landscape and, why not, monuments. Students' points of view are an alternative approach to conservation and planning. At the same time, instilling values in students as citizens could be an approach not only to conservation, but to deal with current and future conflicts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Rojas, Ángela
Languages: English
Keywords: historic town; architecture; intangible heritage; intangible values; students; memory
Subjects: O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Havana, Cuba
UNESCO WHC Number: 204
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 13:51
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2024 15:24

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