Heritage, volume 2

Cahiers, no. 130

30 mars 2001ContactIAU île-de-France, PNR de la Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, Maison Hennebique, DRAC, Écomusée de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

The State has played a key role in the protection, restoration, management of heritage

The Ile-de-France area is rich in both natural and architectural heritage. The locality enjoys a wealth of features both in the form of monuments and sites, recorded and preserved very early on thanks to an appreciation of their value although, at times, necessity has meant reconciling conflicting forces of change. The State has played a key role in this area. For over forty years it has invested in the protection, restoration, management of heritage which belongs to the nation as a whole. The combined pressures of the legislator, local managers and public opinion have resulted in significant changes in the very concept of heritage itself and its management policy over time. Today, the new school heritage management involves a dynamic, local approach which takes a whole range of issues into consideration. The very meaning of the term heritage has considerably broadened from a narrow definition involving historical monuments to encompass natural environments and the protection of fauna and flora in the name of biodiversity. The trend has also shifted from conservation to management, effective presentation and sustained preservation.

Heritage is all about common recognition on a local, regional, national and European level

Heritage has also become an economic, social and cultural issue whose future is no longer solely the remit of government authorities, associations and private individuals but an essential part of any decision-maker’s development strategy. Finally, and, above all, heritage is all about common recognition on a local, regional, national and European level. It is both a factor and vehicle of our identity. This phenomenon is even more marked in the Ile-de-France area whose citizens have manifested a strong desire to see their heritage not only recognised but, above all, treated with respect.

The second volume features concrete examples which illustrate the changing, diverse nature of our heritage comprising fine architectural examples and ordinary buildings, lively districts or fragile natural spaces, landscapes, impregnated, with culture as well as all those who on a daily basis work to record, manage and bring the heritage in the Ile-de-France area to life for us and our children.


The park at La Courneuve (93) which is the largest public park project in the Ile-de-France area since the Second Empire. © IAU îdF
Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Paris © IAU îdF
The open-air school in Suresnes by the architects Eugène Beaudoin and Marcel Lods (1931–1935) © Bernard Gegauff IAU îdF
The boatmen's chapell anchored alongside the Quai Saint-Michel in Paris © IAU îdF

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