Historic Urban Landscape: Interpretation and presentation of the image of the city
Sirisrisak, T. 2007. Historic Urban Landscape: Interpretation and presentation of the image of the city. Paper presented in ICOMOS Thailand International Symposium 2007: Interpretation: From Monument to Living Heritage. 1-3 November 2007.
The new developments in historic urban areas in a country frequently make the cities look similar instead of keeping the unique image of the place. Historical image of the city is usually re-created and used to attract tourists from different cultural backgrounds. In some historic urban areas, reproduction works are introduced to re-establish the historical images which have been wiped out due to the previous developments. This paper aims to construct the basic guideline for interpretation and presentation of historic urban areas based on the notion of historic urban landscape and the ICOMOS Ename Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites. Three major issues are identified, which are; 1) the deficiency interpretation and presentation of the intangible value, 2) excessive focus on tourism business purpose, and 3) reproduction work and authenticity in historic urban landscape. This paper proposes two key points, based on the concept of historic urban landscape, which are; 1) interpretation and presentation of historic urban areas should focus on the image of the city in both tangible and intangible aspects and 2) the tangible and intangible elements of image of the city for interpretation and presentation.