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Living with Heritage in CairoArea Conservation in the ArabIslamic City$
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Ahmed Sedky

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162459

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162459.001.0001

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The Concept of Area Conservation

The Concept of Area Conservation

(p.39) 2 The Concept of Area Conservation
Living with Heritage in Cairo

Ahmed Sedky

American University in Cairo Press

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

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