Urban Cultural Landscapes and the Spirit of Place

O’Donnell, Patricia M. (2008) Urban Cultural Landscapes and the Spirit of Place. 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)

Valued villages, towns and cities are legible, multi-sensory vessels for spirit of place that combine tangible and intangible heritage. The cultural landscape of urban areas comprises about half of the space and contributes significantly to the character of the place. Since 2005, intensive discussions grappling with the meaning, character and values residing in the historic urban landscape (HUL) have resulted in the Vienna Memorandum and in resolutions from international meetings. The public and private urban cultural landscape expresses traditions and values and forms a record of ongoing interactions between people and place. These interactions and the values they embody yield both tangible and intangible heritage, residing in the HUL. When adequately understood as an integrated matrix of cultural landscape values, the tangible expressions of place and people and the intangible values residing in those places can be understood, preserved and managed as the unique spirit of place. This paper discusses the cultural landscape as a vessel of spirit of place, using examples of urban landscape spirit and values and suggests analysis and preservation tools that apply to the Historic Urban Landscape. The overriding point is that as heritage professionals we must clearly identify, analyze and be able to present the heritage values of a place so that managing for them is feasible and defensible.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
O’Donnell, Patricia M.
Languages: English
Keywords: HUL (Historic Urban Landscape); cultural landscape; spirit of place; intangible heritage; conservation
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 14. Historic urban landscapes
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 18:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/67

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