By Gábor Sonkoly

This ebook makes use of the old city panorama - the main lately codified proposal of foreign city history conservation - to illustrate why it is crucial to demarcate historical past from cultural historical past and what outcomes the expanding acclaim for the latter have on background. It additionally demonstrates how the heritage of cultural background will be built as a historic challenge. First, the conceptual historical past of city background upkeep – in response to the traditional surroundings tools of foreign companies – unearths the elemental components of the present thought of city history. moment, this idea, as worded within the HUL procedure, is investigated in the course of the research of Vienna, which performed an important function within the institution of HUL. those examples are used to to teach how the evolution of cultural historical past will be developed as a historic problem.

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Consequently, this transitory position of landscape makes it suitable for the process of territorialization of cultural heritage at the moment of its conceptual expansion by intangible heritage. The imprecise—or fuzzy—nature of landscape appropriately covers up the conceptual uncertainties of the expanding cultural heritage. Nevertheless, one wonders why the notion of cultural landscape, originally containing urban landscape too, did not prove to be sufficient for THE HISTORY OF HISTORIC URBAN LANDSCAPE 43 the safeguarding of urban World Heritage.

100 Even so, the original threats depicted before the early 1970s are amplified by environment pollution and other tendencies to the extent that the “irreversible cultural, social and even economic losses”101 require “training in disaster preparedness”102 by the early 1990s as The ICOMOS Guidelines on Education and Training declare in 1993. The 1990s were characterized by the further development of the notion and toolkit of sustainability,103 as well as by an increased emphasis on the role of history in teaching104 and constructing identities,105 which are related to the growing appreciation of urban heritage.

Even though the regulations of the European Union did not claim universal applicability, the four of them (The European Charter of the Architectural Heritage, 1975; The Granada Convention, 1985; The Aalborg Charter, 1994; and The European Landscape Convention, 2000) are considered as exemplary on a universal level. On the basis of our selection criteria, one national document qualified for the database because of its substantial impact to the international cultural heritage discourse, manifested in the frequency with which it appears in international documents and in the HUL debate.

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