Authenticity in Architectural Heritage Conservation: by Katharina Weiler, Niels Gutschow

By Katharina Weiler, Niels Gutschow

The ebook contributes to a recontextualization of authenticity by way of investigating how this price is created, reenacted, and assigned. Over the process the final century, authenticity figured because the significant parameter for the review of cultural historical past. It was once followed in neighborhood and overseas charters and guidance on architectural conservation in Europe, South and East Asia. all through this era, the idea that of authenticity was once regularly redefined and remodeled to fit new cultural contexts and native issues. This quantity provides colonial and postcolonial discourses, critiques, and reports within the box of architectural history conservation and using site-specific practices in keeping with consultant case stories awarded via paintings historians, architects, anthropologists, and conservationists from Germany, Nepal, India, China, and Japan. With greater than one hundred eighty illustrations and a suite of terminologies in German, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Nevari and Nepali, classical chinese language and conventional Mandarin, and eastern, those cross-cultural investigations rfile the processual re-configuration of the proposal of authenticity. additionally they express that ways to authenticity will be distinctive with key analytical different types from transcultural experiences: appropriation, transformation, and, every so often, refusal.

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Until the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, the lower five stories of a Stupa survived from the times of the Ming dynasty. Left and right of the entrance one can read “福” ( fu meaning “happiness,” “affluence,” or “good fortune”). Between the characters is Mile, who was originally associated with the future Buddha Maitreya and the virtue of compassion. The smiling figure is popularly associated with good fortune. The lower caption of the ticket reads “stars of happiness shining high” (福 星高 fuxing gaozhao).

Moreover, the 18 struts and the gilt copper repousse´ of one window add to the “material authenticity” of the building. Only a single timber element, the secondary lintel of the central window, has been painstakingly repaired. The construction was completed in October 2007 (Fig. 13). Taking into account “spirit and feeling” (UNESCO 2005, Paragraph 82) as authenticity criteria listed in the Operational Guidelines for World Heritage Sites revised by UNESCO in 2005, the annual renewal of the painting that frames the doorway stands for an intangible aspect of cultural heritage.

9-m pillar bearing the character fu 福 in the form of a replica of the calligraphic version by Mao Zedong. The digit six stands for good fortune, while nine implies eternity. At the entrance to the tower itself, the visitor is welcomed by a large figure of Buddha Maitreya (Mile), the most popular visualization of good fortune. A courtyard to the east adds to the presence of fu 福, while a garden to the west is dedicated to lu 祿 and an almost monumental square in the north to shou 壽. Lu 祿 stands for a successful career, which takes shape in a “fountain of harmony” (Fig.

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