U.6 Architecture as heritage

Heritage refers to cultural and natural objects, sites, and traditions that are passed down from previous generations and considered valuable to a particular community, society, or nation. It includes tangible assets such as historical buildings, landmarks, and artifacts, as well as intangible elements such as customs, beliefs, and language.

Preserving heritage is important for several reasons:

  1. Cultural identity: It helps to maintain the cultural identity and diversity of a community, society or nation.
  2. Historical understanding: It provides a connection to the past and helps to understand the history and evolution of a place or community.
  3. Educational value: It has educational value for future generations and can be used as a tool for teaching history, cultural traditions, and values.
  4. Economic benefits: It can also contribute to economic development, through tourism, job creation, and preservation of historic sites.
  5. Environmental protection: It can also play a role in preserving the environment, such as preserving natural landscapes and wildlife habitats.
  6. Legacy: Preserving heritage ensures that the legacy of a place or community is not lost and can be shared with future generations.


• Preservation of the authenticity of the material document and character. • Reversibility of the intervention.
• Minimal intervention.
• Distinguishability and expressive actuality.
• Compatibility: material, structural, character, functional, etc. • Durability of the intervention.
• Environmental and economic sustainability.