Architectural Heritage and timeless time. For a temporary permanence


  • Maria Luisa Germanà University of Palermo



architectural heritage, digitalization, concept of time, impermanence, conservation process


Digitalisation has effects on technological processes and products, as in previous industrial revolutions. Among its disruptive consequences on society and on individuals, the emergence of a different concept of Time is already influencing the operative and, above all, theoretical field of the architectural heritage. Unusual forms of memory undermine the traditional vision of heritage, based on a linear vision of time, which clearly separates the Past from the Future, leaving to the Present a mere role of transporter. Some contemporary strategies may usefully be referred to the oxymoronic Temporary Permanency, because the presumed immutability, ambition of now obsolete rigid and abstract conservative objectives, has been overcome.


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Author Biography

Maria Luisa Germanà, University of Palermo

Msc Arch PhD, is Full Professor of Technological Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Coordinator of the Architectural Heritage Cluster of the Italian Society of Architectural Technology (SITdA). She is Member of ICOMOS Italy.


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How to Cite

Germanà, M. L. (2018) “Architectural Heritage and timeless time. For a temporary permanence”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 4(online), pp. 59–64. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/472018.



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