The right of citizenship to enjoy urban landscape gathers nearly 20 experts at the 8th International Encounter on Historic Centers Revitalization, taking place at Mexico City, where examples of enhancement of “green public space” in Mexico, Italy, France, Austria, Spain Uruguay and Peru will be presented from October 26th to 28th 2009.

At the forum organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and Centro Cultural España (Spain Cultural Center), architect Salvador Aceves Garcia, from INAH, expressed that pedestrian enjoyment of streets, avenues, and plazas are some of the  few goods shared by poor and rich, young and old.

“Being the most vulnerable of all legacies, protection of urban landscape is not envisaged by Mexican law. In contrast, the 9th article of Italian law foresees that the Republic must safeguard landscape as well as historic and artistic heritage of the Nation”.
The advisor of INAH General Direction commented that the theme of this reunion “Urban Landscape of Historic Cities” merges 2 apparently opposite trends, cultural and environmental heritage, which are increasingly in contact.

In 1992 during the 3rd Earth Summit (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the term “total heritage” was coined, which refers to architectural or built legacy as container of intangible aspects, of identity, including those related to landscape and ground for social recreation.

At the 8th Encounter carried on with the collaboration of the Italian Institute of Culture and
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco, Saul Alcantara, technical director at INAH National Coordination of Historic Monuments (CNMH) remarked issues to be discussed in this meeting, from the recovery of gardens at La Alahambra and Generalife, in Andalusia, Spain, to urban landscape in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Dr. Alcantara also remarked the presentations on recovery and enhancement of urban space integrated by Templo Mayor, Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Seminario-Ajaracas complex, in Mexico City, and the one related to projects at Turin, Italy.

Among experts at the meeting are Paolo Mellano and Cristina Cuneo (Italy); Jose Tito Rojo and Monica Luengo (Spain); Geza Hajos (Austria), Margarita Montañez (Uruguay), Benedicte Leclerc (France), Juan Eduardo de Orellana (Peru), Maria Elena Valencia Zeiss (Chile), Salvador Aceves and Felix Martinez (Mexico).

Also present at the inauguration were Claudia Reyes, sub director of Centro Cultural España en Mexico, Paloma Porraz, executive coordinator of Antiguo Colegio de San Idelfonso, seat of the event, Franco Avicolli, expert from the Italian Institute of Culture, and Paloma Ibañez, rector of UAM-Azcapotzalco.

Under the title “Architecture Today, between the Historic and the Contemporary City” the last Encounter on Revitalization of Historic Centers congregated specialist from Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Chile and Spain. The memoir of this encounter was presented at Centro Cultural España.

With the aim of divulgating results of the encounter, such memoirs can be consulted at Centro Cultural España web page: