Architecture and Conservation in Cities and Monumental Complexes

Source: Universidad Internacional de Andalucía

The growing tourist flow in the main cities of patrimonial interest directly affects the exponential growth of visits to the patrimonial urban environments but above all to its main monuments. At an urban scale, this has an important impact on the socioeconomic fabric, intimately linked to the uses and the historical urban landscape and on the scale of the monumental complexes the delicate relationship between tourism and conservation of architectural complexes is even more evident the effects of a phenomenon that puts heritage at risk in a worrying way. If on an urban scale it is necessary to reflect and make decisions about the relationship between cultural tourism and civic life, in relation to monumental complexes it is now necessary to design new actions aimed at active and preventive conservation and to design their transformation, in respect of their heritage values, to accommodate a demand for fruition for which they are generally inadequate.

The main objective of the international congress is interdisciplinary reflection on the challenge of reconciling the conservation of heritage complexes and their urban environments with a public fruition appropriate to reality and the needs of current cultural tourism. In the scientific meeting will have room for both research on the generality of the issue, the historical journey and current challenges and practical applications in monumental complexes both in Andalusia and Spain but especially in the international arena. The reconstruction of the issue from a wide field of observation will provide a unique opportunity also to reflect on the current conservation challenges of the Real Alcázar, among which the management of the accesses on which there is a project to adapt them in the environment of the Lion’s door.