Architectural Intangible Heritage and Graphic Reconstruction. Terminological and Philological Notes


UNESCO’s extension of the concept of heritage to intangible has been changing the status of architectural designs and the operative frame of the practice of architectural reconstruction. The variety of reconstruction cases requires specific procedures and terms. The terms are here investigated by an analysis of the historical and theoretical roots of such a practice, segnately on the figure of Quatremère de Quincy; the procedures are discussed by means of a series of personal experiences on literary architecture, architectural projects, fictive architecture. They are retrospectively analysed from the point of view of the sources –to define both the content and the appearance – which can be endogenous to the document/monument (and prioritary) or exogenous, with a focus on the transparency of procedure.


Intangible heritage; Architectural reconstruction; Restitution

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