The Concept of Area Conservation

Ahmed Sedky

in Living with Heritage in Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162459
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970122 | DOI:
The Concept of Area Conservation

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Urban area conservation began in a mixed spirit of nostalgia and nationalism during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The French approach made no distinction between restoration and conservation, and opinion leaders such as Viollet-le-Duc advocated stylistic restoration. Gustavo Giovannoni sought a harmonious coexistence between the old town and the modern city, by respecting the traditional values in the historic areas while pursuing creative development to weave the different urban fabrics together. Giacomo Boni highlighted the importance of authenticity, but only in regard to buildings, not whole areas. The importance of authenticity was extended from buildings to whole urban areas by Victor Hugo. Area conservation should be sustainable and guided by concepts responsive to each area's special needs and conditions.

Keywords: area conservation; Gustavo Giovannoni; Giacomo Boni; Victor Hugo

Chapter.  11525 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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