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Heritage and the Conservation of Historic Urban Landscapes

Cover page for the Proceedings of the Vienna conference 2005.

The 1st Montreal Round Table (2006) focussed on heritage and the conservation of historic urban landscapes. The context was set by the Vienna Memorandum, a document that emerged as a result of an international conference on World Heritage and contemporary architecture, held in Vienna in May 2005. The Vienna Memorandum sets forth principles and guidelines for the conservation of historic urban landscapes and for the integration of contemporary architecture. Its importance lies in its ability to open a dialogue among a broad cross-section of the community on the issue of contemporary development in historic cities. By using ritual and experience as starting points for understanding the significance of historic urban spaces, conservation practitioners will be forced to challenge the legacy of 20th century approaches and the role of experts.

The Proceedings are available in PDF format.