IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(4): 325-332 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.373

Sustaining Historic Centres as Growing Documents of the History of Human, Cultural and Social Development throughout Oral Patrimony

T. Delgado
Abstract—This research has been developed from a framework that explores the Tangible and Intangible aspects of Historic Centres, finding how the Oral Patrimony has an intrinsic potential that connects these resources through Storytelling, for supporting their role as documents of the human, cultural and social development. Different cases will show the intrinsic narrative character of the Oral Patrimony and the strength of the Storytellers’ voice, which even though are quite unexploited in Historic Centres, have all the potential for reinforcing their visual narrative. In this way, innovative journeys of Storytelling can be made within these scenarios, for revealing meaningful aspects of these sites and for creating (through the voice of inhabitants-Storytellers) an emotional approach that strengthens the role of these architectural documents in the reinforcement of the contemporary inhabitants-readers’ sense of place, sense of belonging and therefore cultural identity.

Index Terms—Historic centres, cultural patrimony, cultural development, oral patrimony, narrative.

T. Delgado is with the Faculty of Design, Image and Communication at University El Bosque in Bogotá-Colombia (email: taniacatalina@yahoo.com, delgadotania@unbosque.edu.co).

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Cite: T. Delgado, " Sustaining Historic Centres as Growing Documents of the History of Human, Cultural and Social Development throughout Oral Patrimony," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 325-332, 2014.

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