Bias on architectural authenticity in the implementation of preventive Planned Conservation in China: proposal of an operational approach


  • Xueqing Hu Politecnico di Milano

Parole chiave:

Authenticity, Sustainability, Planned conservation, Reconstruction, Multi-dimension analysis


The debate about the authenticity of material and non-material continues. It is an ideological and theoretical challenge to grade the different aspects and try to make the most important ones perfectly authentic. In the theoretical debate, Eastern and Western approaches are still far different, even if in China new studies are elaborating a new attitude towards Authenticity. This paper at- tempts to go beyond, introducing a multi-dimension analysis to check if it is possible to make an agreement on different aspects of authenticity, in different dimensions, operationally.

This paper argues that to achieve sustainable development of built heritage, multi-dimension needs to be considered before a project begins and at least some degree of authenticity should be taken into account in each criterion and in each phase of the process. The vision entailed by a Planned Conservation approach leads to avoid stopping on crucial bottlenecks, in which the unavoidable cultural differences produce misunderstandings; instead, it is possible to highlight practices related to different phases of the preservation process, which produce appreciated outcomes under both Eastern and Western perspectives.