Narrating the Urban Fabric of our Historical Towns


  • Juan A. García Esparza



This article explores informal expressions of cultural heritage in historical towns. The framework in historical urban settlements uses research to analyse the entanglements of urban heritage when surveyed as environments where subcultures and minorities inhabit and create those sites. The approach challenges the idealistic constructed scenarios of the past and provides space for new interpretations on the cultural diversity of the unplannable or informal in place-making. This paper examines the heritage conservation paradox on how historical values can better incorporate past and contemporary anthropological informalities.

Author Biography

Juan A. García Esparza

Juan A. García Esparza is a senior lecturer at Universitat Jaume I,where he teaches Conservation and Heritage Management. His research interests rely on heritage science in a broad sense, from cultural landscapes to built environments. His current research centres on contemporary cultural place-making in historical towns and villages. He is an elected member of the Regional Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage at Comunitat Valenciana, Spain, and an associate member of the ICOMOS International Committee for Historical Towns and Villages CIVVIH.


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