Spain reached the first years of the XIX century having assembled a very rich multicultural heritage. From then on to today, that unique heritage underwent the impact of ravages of wars, reiterated disentailment laws and side effects of both economic development and financial crises. This is a state of the art account of the shifting paradigm informing actions to preserve, enhance, increase, restore and revitalize the cultural heritage of Spain, coupled with large area, territorial and landscape actions, society reading, typology studies, etc, portraying both the mutual dependencies of those approaches and their synergies, and illustrated with examples of World Heritage cities and other historic areas.
Santiago Rodríguez-Gimeno is an Architect and Planner based in Madrid, Spain. He studied at Madrid School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (Penn Planning / Regional Science: Wharton), LSE-London (Social Anthropology), EHESS-Paris (Social Sciences) . He was professor of Planning Methodology (ENA), Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning (ETSAM) and member of the Institute of Architects in Madrid. He has extensive experience in Regional & Master Planning, Sustainable Development, Urban Design, Urban Conservation & Planning (UNESCO World Heritage Cities), Architecture, Building Preservation, Landscape and Garden Design. He has lectured and researched widely in these subjects. He is also a Fulbright Scholar, Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow (SCUPAD), member of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Civil Aviation Pilot.