Heritage in Chile 120 days after the earthquake

Congress in Santiago de Chili

Published on 8 July 2010

Author(s): ICCROM

Type:  News

One hundred and twenty days after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Chile, Antonino Pirozzi (President of CICOP-Chile) gives an overview of the damage sustained by the country's built heritage.

Though a final assessment of the destruction is far from over, Pirozzi offers a brief critical evaluation of the immediate response to the disaster, as well as some of the lessons learnt in this initial phase. Highlighted is the need for training in emergency response, specifically for built heritage. There is a need for better organization and coordination between institutions, and for effective maintenance and preventive policies.

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A man carries a religious icon after an earthquake in Santiago February 27, 2010 (REUTERS-Sebastian Escobar)

An essential issue raised is the importance of construction materials, notably earthen architecture, and their behaviour during seismic movements. The lessons and the challenges that still lie ahead will be discussed in the forthcoming X Congreso Internacional de Rehabilitación del Patrimonio Arquitectónico y Edificación, which will take place in Santiago de Chile in early November 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS / Initial Communication

Since 1992 and every second year, the CICOP, Centro Internacional para la Conservación del Patrimonio (International Center for Heritage Conservation) has celebrated the International Congress on the Rehabilitation of Built Heritage. CICOP, that originated in Spain, in an effort to establish a base line for international cooperation focused towards education, investigation and development in the fields of preservation and conservation of the built heritage, has set up many collaboration agreements with public and private institutions, universities and research centers in all the countries that have established its national affiliate representations. This important Congress, as a symbol of international cooperation promoted by CICOP, will present an opportunity for reflection and exchange between professionals and specialists from all over the world involved in the preservation of the built heritage.

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On top of destroyed home at 10 March 2010

Urban sprawl, the breakdown of identity patterns, new Technologies and the cultural paradigms, among others, appear in our contemporary society presenting new challenges in terms of conservation of the cultural Heritage. What to conserve and how to conserve? These seem to be the questions that arise at the time of defining action policies within this context. What is the role that professionals play not only in the answer to these questions and the definition of action plans, but also in the way that conservation measures are conceptualized, formulated, executed and controlled?

The overbearing necessity to understand Heritage as a resource, more than its designation or condition as a monument, site or place, or as an enclave inserted into a web of spaces or landscapes, it is of vital importance to project its protection in the XXI century. Today, these questions are limited to the sustainability of growth in which this irreplaceable resource plays a primary role.

Therefore, we find ourselves at a point of historic change related to the foundations that must be observed when generating general policies and development strategies directed to the strengthening of the social capital and the support networks, to the territorial planning and re-arrangement of the land and to the economic growth. These must be done in such a way that models, plans, programs and affordable, viable and equitable projects are developed. In essence, this idea projects territory, landscape, city and local communities into the future.
CICOP Chile shares and adheres to the new paradigms that will guide conservation in the XXI Century through the realization of the X International Congress on Rehabilitation of Built Heritage, and is confident that this event will provide the forum for critical reflection of what has been done to date and for discussion about the foundation for what is about to be implemented.

The X International Congress on the Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage intends to widen and invigorate reflection, initiated during previous congresses, related to the new point of view that demands the conservation of the physical heritage and the tangible and intangible memory of the societies in the process of re-adjustment, from volunteering and broken up processes toward integration and strategic planning, from imposition to participation, from passiveness to leadership. We wish that this Congress will fathom into theoretical and conceptual reflection as well as in the evaluation of current practices, and that will contribute to the re-arrangement of the “heritage idiom” and to the re-interpretation of the new role of heritage in the growth and sustainable development of a community.



Area 1. Heritage within the new economic and political environment
Area 2. New paradigms in the spatial and environmental setting
Area 3. The role of Heritage in the psycho-socio-cultural development


Area 4. Systematization of the identification and protection of the built heritage
Area 5. New intervention strategies
Area 6. Technology, construction and techniques in the forefront

Congress location: City of Santiago, Chile
Congress Dates:November 3 to 5, 2010
Abstract submission: June 30th, 2010
Notification: July 16th, 2010
deadline for reception of presentations: August 16th, 2010

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