The city of Edinburgh - Landscape and stone

McMillan, Andrew and Hyslop, Ewan (2008) The city of Edinburgh - Landscape and stone. 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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The City of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, owes its unique character and sense of place to its spectacular geological setting, its people and its buildings. The cityscape is defined by its rocky natural landscape, moulded by glaciers, and by the fabric and varying architecture of the city’s buildings which employed much indigenous building stone. The local sandstones, some of the finest in Britain, supplied the majority of buildings constructed within the World Heritage Site of the New and Old Towns. Today’s challenge is to plan for development of a thriving city whilst ensuring that both the stone-built heritage and the historical spirit of the city are maintained for future generations. Appropriate stone selection and safeguarding of resources form a vital part of good conservation practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
McMillan, Andrew
Hyslop, Ewan
Languages: English
Keywords: historic town; World Heritage List; stone; landscape; cityscape; spirit of place
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
C.ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
UNESCO WHC Number: 728
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 08:44
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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