Tlaxcala Declaration on the Revitalization of Small Settlements (1982)

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Preface: The Tlaxcala Declaration on the Revitalization of Small Settlements was adopted by the Mexican National Committee of ICOMOS, Trinidad, Tlaxcala, 25-28 Oct., 1982.

The Declaration recognizes that small settlements bear witness to our cultures and emphasizes the local and national governments’ responsibility to help preserve smaller settlements and stem migration to urban centers. The Declaration recognizes the rights of local communities to be involved in decisions regarding their towns and villages. The Declaration notes the destructive influence of the communications media in introducing patterns of behavior and consumption that are contrary to tradition. It asserts that preserving settlements must also involve bettering conditions for residents to encourage the revitalization of communities. Conservation efforts must be interdisciplinary and social service and infrastructure improvements should be introduced with sensitivity, taking into account local values and traditions. The Declaration recommends that regional materials and traditional building techniques are essential to the maintenance of small settlements. It recommends the government grants to protect dwellings in small settlements, which would ensure both the continuation of the building heritage and affordable housing. It also encourages schools of architecture to initiate courses in conservation of the vernacular architectural heritage and in traditional building techniques.

Category
Declaration

Date

1982

Promulgation

The Mexican National Committee of ICOMOS, Trinidad, Tlaxcala, 25-28 Oct., 1982

Descriptions

  • The Declaration recognizes that small settlements bear witness to our cultures and emphasizes the local and national governments’ responsibility to help preserve smaller settlements and stem migration to urban centers.
  • It recognizes the rights of local communities to be involved in decisions regarding their towns and villages.
  • It notes the destructive influence of the communications media in introducing patterns of behavior and consumption that are contrary to tradition. It asserts that preserving settlements must also involve bettering conditions for residents to encourage the revitalization of communities. Conservation efforts must be interdisciplinary and social service and infrastructure improvements should be introduced with sensitivity, taking into account local values and traditions.
  • It recommends that regional materials and traditional building techniques are essential to the maintenance of small settlements.
  • It recommends the government grants to protect dwellings in small settlements, which would ensure both the continuation of the building heritage and affordable housing. And it also encourages schools of architecture to initiate courses in conservation of the vernacular architectural heritage and in traditional building techniques.

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http://www.international.icomos.org/en/charters-and-texts/179-articles-en-francais/ressources/charters-and-standards/385-tlaxcala-declaration-on-the-revitalization-of-small-settlements

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I received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1996, 2003, and 2006, respectively, from China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China; Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China; and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, China. From 1996 to 2006, I worked at the School of Computer Science and Technology, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, China, as a Lecturer and an Associate Professor. From January 2007 to August 2013, I worked at Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China. I am currently a Professor at the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, Hangzhou, China. I am the coauthor of more than 80 articles, which mostly were published in peer-reviewed journals.

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