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The Paradigmatic City

Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica.

Historically, searches for the perfect city, crucible of the ideal society, add up and reveal a simultaneity of conceptual virtues and operational vices. Does this mean that the contemporary vision of metropolis is doomed to fail as well?
As fundamental changes in society are presently added to the global challenge of swift urbanisation of the last two centuries, certain urban changes occurring as a result of these bring about concern that environmental and urban heritage resources are being irreversibly destroyed and lost for the generations to come. Moreover, recent decades confirm the malfunction of modern urbanism and the crisis of a futile “modernity” based on the rejection of tradition. In response, the cultural and identity role played by ancient quarters is henceforth reaffirmed, establishing urban conservation as a conceptual result of post-modernity, i.e. its attention for inconspicuous issues. This essay investigates the prospect of urbanism after post-modernism from this particular point of view: urban conservation. It provides a synopsis of the actual process of integration of heritage values into the planning process in selected European countries followed by an attempt to assess the contemporary dichotomy between conceptual and operational through a case-study and to suggest potential means forward.


Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica  (United Kingdom)
PhD student and Tutor in Architectural History
Architecture School of Arts, Culture and Environment The College of Humanities & Social Science
The University of Edinburgh

Architect, Inspector of Historical Monuments in the Romanian Ministry of Culture since 1997, currently pursuing doctoral research on integrated urban conservation and tutoring Architectural History at the Department of Architecture – University of Edinburgh. Research interests: architectural and urban history, the Middle Ages in particular, history and theory of urbanism, and cultural heritage conservation.

  • Urbanism
  • Urban Conservation
  • Identity
  • Post-modern

(30 min Conference Paper, English)