Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Open Access Book: Past in the Present: A Living Heritage Approach - Meteora, Greece

Past in the Present: A Living Heritage Approach - Meteora, Greece
By Ioannis Poulios

The Past in the Present deals with the complexities in the operation and management of living heritage sites. It presents a new interpretation of such sites based on the concept of continuity, and its evolution to the present. It is demonstrated that the current theoretical framework and practice of conservation, as best epitomised in a values-based approach and the World Heritage concept, is based on discontinuity created between the monuments(considered to belong to the past) and the people of the present, thus seemingly unable to embrace living heritage sites. From this position, the study suggests an innovative approach that views communities and sites as an inseparable entity: a Living Heritage Approach. This approach brings a new insight into key concepts such as authenticity and sustainable development. Through the use of the monastic site of Meteora, Greece, as a case study, the discussion generated aims to shift the focus of conservation from ‘preservation’ towards a continual process of ‘creation’ in an ongoing present, attempting to change the way heritage is perceived, protected and, more importantly, further created.


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bak

Table of Contents

Past in the Present TOC

  • Acknowledgements

  • A Note On The Author

  • Introduction

  • Introduction: Definition And Development Of Conservation – The Concept Of Authenticity

  • Recognising The Living Dimension Of Heritage Sites

  • Existing Approaches To Conservation

  • Defining And Managing ‘Living Heritage’

  • Description Of Meteora: Landscape, And History

  • Meteora Within The Systems Of Monasticism, Heritage Protection And Tourism Operation

  • The Meaning Of Meteora As An Orthodox Monastic Site

  • The Conservation And Management Of Meteora (1960 To Present): Presentation

How to cite
Poulios, I. 2014. Past in the Present: A Living Heritage Approach - Meteora, Greece. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org//10.5334/bak

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