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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.88 Santiago dic. 2014 



Patrimonios | Heritages


Patricio Mardones Hiche *

* Director Ediciones ARQ, Escuela de Arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


A tiny house for workers alongside an old industrial complex; an ample temple ruined by nature; anonymous archive photos found by chance; the memory of some fences that surrounded an urban garden; modest ranch buildings in the desert; an elegant regiment turned into cultural venue: the diverse set of works that this issue features highlights the multiple, dispersed and heterogeneous nature of what we mean by “heritage”.

An enlarged and certainly generic definition of “heritage” would imply that it comprises the full set of what we have, including both single and collective realms as those private and public, in addition to the tangible and intangible domain. However, as such diverse entity, heritage is understood in complex, asymmetric ways that are never homogeneous neither obvious: as suggested by the text of Márquez, Rozas and Arriagada, most of the time the qualitative definitions of heritage have been “monolithic and articulated from power”, particularly focused in monuments.

Associated often to conservatism and the hegemonic discourses, in recent years the concept of heritage has been displaced from its former center and redefined. The polyphonic nature of the city has resulted in the validation of other identities that, from the borders, have managed to install other ideologies, other images and other cultures that have opened the concept of heritage into new realms.

The first meaning of the word “heritage” quoted in the dictionary refers -with some candor- to the sphere of family, property and the pre existences; it also includes the notions of permanence and sedimentation. Heritage is the “treasure that someone has inherited from his or her ancestors”. The inheritance that we as architects must engage with has been accumulated over time and is unequivocally linked to the past, but also has a projection into the future since it addresses the generation and care of a legacy for the generations that will follow us. Besides taking care of what we have received, we should consider about the material and intangible world that we will leave after us.

This third issue of 2014 closes a cycle of four years in which it was my responsibility and honor to participate as editor. The first issue of 2015 will open a new period for a new editor; I do hope you continue following the growth of this editorial project that soon will celebrate 35 years of existence. Thank you!

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