The protection of urban heritage: The social evaluation of the space in historic towns - Local intangible values in a globalised world

Kłosek-Kozłowska, Danuta (2002) The protection of urban heritage: The social evaluation of the space in historic towns - Local intangible values in a globalised world. In: Estrategias relativas al patrimonio cultural mundial. La salvaguarda en un mundo globalizado. Principios, practicas y perspectivas. 13th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Actas. Comité Nacional Español del ICOMOS, Madrid, pp. 87-89. [Book Section]


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In the study of the spatial structure of historic towns and their protection many important and useful motives have been disclosed by the development of the social sciences. A very powerful, though not generally acknowledged incentive came from social ecology, a young, interdisciplinary branch, which applies results of geographical, psychological and sociological research in the studies on the natural environment of human life, including urban space. In Poland this trend was initiated by Florian Znaniecki’s texts: “Miasto w oewiadomooeci jego obywateli” [The town in the consciousness of its citizens], published in 1931, and “Socjologiczne podstawy ekologii ludzkiej” [Sociological foundations of human ecology], published in 1938. Both of these texts, fundamental for their own discipline, proved equally important for urban structure studies. They drew researchers’ attention to the extensive semantic potential of the town, to urban space viewed as a specific ‘spatial value’, to the rich and varied meaning that can be attached to a fragment of urban space by its users; to values created by inhabitants, termed ‘the humanistic factor’. It was not a coincidence that Znaniecki’s works appeared in the 1930s, when the social problems in the city were widely discussed. They voiced a reaction against the pathologies of the industrial era and public concern about the ‘social collapse’ connected with over-investment and the uncontrolled urban growth.

Item Type: Book Section
Kłosek-Kozłowska, Danuta
Languages: English
Keywords: historic towns; urban heritage; protection of cultural heritage; urban space; intangible values; interpretation
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2002, 13th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2010 11:43
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2023 15:46

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