Track 6: INTEGRATING OLD AND NEW – BUILDINGS, DISTRICTS, and LANDSCAPES / Volet 6: Intégrer l’ancien et le nouveau – Immeubles, quartiers et paysages

The challenges of Managing a Cultural Landscape: a case study of the Pampulha Modern Ensemble World Heritage in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Friday, October 13
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The present article aims to discuss the challenges of managing a world heritage cultural landscape and also seeks to clarify the concepts of the terms “cultural landscape” and “Historic Urban Landscape” (HUL).
It discusses the application of those concepts to the Pampulha Modern Ensemble situated in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Ensemble was conceived and designed in the 1940s, by architect Oscar Niemeyer. It was inscribed in the World Heritage List in July 2016 by UNESCO (United Nations Organization for Science, Education and Culture) as a Cultural Landscape.
Although the term Cultural Landscape has been adopted by the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO since 1992, until now its understanding generates controversy and requires conceptual clarification. Also the UNESCO recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) requires our investigation, once the World Heritage repport points out that the management of the Pampulha Modern Ensemble should follow its proposals.
The complexity of this broader approach of urban conservation and cultural heritage requires new policies and practices. Concepts such as Cultural landscape and Historic Urban Lanscape are still controversial for the heritage preservation field.
Our goal in this article is to examine and discuss these concepts, their merits and flaws in order to contribute to theory and practice of heritage preservation.
The policies and practices involved in the management of the Pampulha Modern Ensemble as world heritage cultural landscape, deals with complex issues, such as multi levels of governance, diversity of stakeholders interests, heritage preservation boards, community participation, cultural tourism increase, and many others.
This case study aims to instigate the debate on the management of cultural landscapes presenting and discussing their challenges.

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Luciana Rocha. Feres, Doctorate Student

Professor and Doctorate Student
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Former Director of The Pampulha Modern Ensemble Board, she was the Coordinator of the Program of the nominnation of Pampulha Modern Ensemble as World Heritage for UNESCO, at the Municipal Cultural Foundation of the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil (from 2013 to 2016). Since 2016, she is a Doctorate student at the Built Environment and Sustainable Heritage Program at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, she has a master degree in Architecture and Urbanism, specialization in Urban and Architectural Regenaration. She is a professor and a consultant in the field of heritage preservation management and world heritage sites.

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Tamara Anson-Cartwright

Tamara Anson-Cartwright is a Program Manager at the City of Toronto Planning Division (Heritage Preservation Services in Urban Design). Tamara manages a dynamic research and policy team focused on developing Heritage Conservation Districts and delivering the City’s heritage incentive programs and heritage evaluation of properties and cultural heritage landscapes for inclusion on the City's Heritage Register. She is currently leading a feasibility study for establishing a citywide heritage survey. Prior to joining City Planning in 2015, Tamara was a Heritage Advisor in the Ontario Government for more than 25 years developing policies, programs and services for the conservation of heritage properties throughout the province including the "Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties" and publications on conserving historic cemeteries and places of worship.

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