Heritage Resilience as a New Perspective of Sustainable Conservation

Elagöz Timur B., Asiliskender B.

WORLD HERITAGE and DESIGN FOR HEALTH, Naples, Italy, 15 - 17 July 2021, vol.1, pp.687-686

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • City: Naples
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.687-686
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


This study intends to deal with the architectural resilience strategies in rural heritage as a conservation method. Rural Settlements faces changes of living and everyday practices caused by the pressure new urban life, technology, economy, natural disasters and transition on landscape and natural sources. Rural heritage areas struggle with two problem; abandonment or change on habitus. While these problems can be adoptable for contemporary rural settlements, it can be a serious threat for the rural heritage areas. Changes in habitus can cause transition on everyday life practices and consequently rural morphology and architecture. Due to new needs of users some inappropriate interventions to the vernacular dwellings and settlements occur and risk these cultural heritages. Koramaz Valley of Kayseri in Turkey, which is accepted UNESCO tentative list in 2020, is a rural heritage area with its unique vernacular villages and architectures, landscapes and intangible values.

Transition on its rural production, population of valley, usage and user profile and urbanization threat lead to harmful interventions to cultural heritage and natural life. This study aims to investigate rural resilience possibilities as a sustainable conservation approach of rural heritages by the Koramaz Valley case. The research focuses on especially architectural heritage features and their resilience needs of Koramaz Valley villages by using the intervention analyses of the site, related with interpretations of their habitus and daily life. For the sustainable conservation of rural together with local users with protected genius loci, architectural resilience which is in between economical, ecological and cultural resilience of village, can give the opportunity of live in adopted and conserved heritage properties.