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Titolo: I catasti e la storia dei luoghi: un progetto di ricerca ancora aperto
Data di pubblicazione: 2013
Abstract: Cadastres and the history of places: a still open research project The study of historical Cadastres has been a long-established working tool for the physical, social and economic reconstruction of urban and territorial contexts. In the past cadastres constituted eminent documentary evidence at the time of data collection; today they have proven to be useful bases for further research. Traced on georeferenced maps, they enable researchers to study a city’s or region’s structural aspects in historical periods and the evolutions of the different settlements over time. In this case, local topography and urban organization are starting points for their reconstruction, supported by historical documentation and mapping. Computer technologies facilitate the construction of tools for the stratification of data from different sources and archival materials, sometimes able to express not only the plan dimensions of historic transformation processes but their volumetric dimensions as well. The permanence of the cartographic sign recorded over time can, in fact, refer to the physical recognition of wall structures and building lots in their original places and forms. In other contexts, the preservation and restoration of historic centers require further study, aimed at the analysis of historic heritage in relation to the design of detailed recovery plans. Historical topography works alongside direct building surveys, with greater utility in places subject to recent transformation processes with the modification of their original structures. In this continuous search for new technologies for the representation and communication of data, it is necessary not to lose sight of the basic concepts that move architects, archaeologists and historians to study historical registers: the need to construct – using proven methods – a reliable and immediate narrative of the historical dimension of places, at least in their essential features that can then be retraced by anyone who studies or intervenes in design, knowledge-building and preservation processes. Only the conscious exploration of cadastral, plan and material forms understood over time can result in design expressions that are coherent with our landscape, historic centers, monuments and architectural heritage.
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