A New International Instrument: the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, Remarks and Questions
Alsalloum, Ataa. (2011). ‘A New International Instrument: the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, Remarks and Questions’. INTBAU.
UNESCO’s new Instrument establishes a comprehensive set of principles to guide current practice of urban conservation of heritage and historic urban landscapes. It also sheds light on important challenges facing this practice. This Recommendation highlights the importance of such assets and their vital role in sustaining and adding value to existing and future built environments. Previous standard-setting documents are recognised, in addition to the acknowledgment of the diverse contexts of historic urban landscapes around the world. However, this Instrument discounts a number of safeguarding criteria according to particular perspectives; namely structure, values identified, contemporary architectural intervention, heritage/historic scales, sustainability principles and regional levels of application. The following remarks and questions are therefore proposed.