Preservation has traditionally focused on saving prominent buildings of historical or architectural significance. Preserving cultural landscapes-the combined fabric of the natural and man-made environments-is a relatively new and often misunderstood idea among preservationists, but it is of increasing importance. The essays collected in this volume-case studies that include the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and a rural island in Puget Sound-underscore how this approach can be fruitfully applied. Together, they make clear that a cultural landscape perspective can be an essential underpinning for all historic preservation projects. Contributors: Susan Calafate Boyle, National Park Service; Susan Bug
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The Val di Noto owes its fame to the reconstruction which underwent after the year 1693, when the entire area was decimated by an enormous earthquake. The destruction that the earthquake caused was so enormous that it was decided to rebuild many towns on entirely new sites, such as the towns of Noto and Grammichele. The rulers of the time, the kings of Spain, accounted the Duke of Camastra with special powers, which allowed him to redesign the wounded towns based on rational and scenographic town plans. In fact, since the beginning of the Renaissance,architects had the dream to build an entirely new ideal city,where town planning follows rational design and street and building are organized by functionality and beauty. However only a very small part of their projects were really used, and most of them were limited to the reorganization of a street,like the Strada Nuova in Florence or the redesign of small villages, like the town of Pienza. The earthquake gave the architects the chance to carry out those plans on a large scale. these new towns and cities were therefore redesigned according to renaissance and baroque town planning, with streets crossing each other either with a right angle or starting from major urban sites like squares with a radial pattern. Major buildings like churches,cloisters and palaces were built so that to give the streets a focal point and a majestic perspective. Many times these towns had a distinct shape, like the town of Grammichele which is …
Cerveteri is a town and comune of the northern Lazio, in the province of Rome. Originally known as Caere (also Caisra and Cisra), it is famous for a number of Etruscan necropoleis that include some of the best Etruscan tombs anywhere.Tarquinii (Etruscan Tarchnal) is said to have been already a flourishing city when Demaratus of Corinth brought in Greek workmen. It was the chief of the twelve cities of Etruria, and appears in the earliest history of Rome as the home of two of its kings, Tarquinius Priscus and Tarquinius Superbus. From it many of the religious rites and ceremonies of Rome are said to have been derived, and even in imperial times a collegium of sixty haruspices continued to exist there. The people of Tarquinii and Veii attempted to restore Tarquinius Superbus to the throne after his expulsion.
Matera About this sound listen (help·info) is a town and a province in the region of Basilicata, in southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera. Apart from an economy which has traditionally been based on agriculture, in the late 1990s the major economic base of Matera, and of surrounding cities, is the production of upholstered furniture. The town lies athwart a small canyon, which has been eroded in the course of years by a small stream, the Gravina.