Cidade Velha: One in four dwellings does not comply with Unesco’s construction standards – IPC

Cidade Velha, Jul 31 (Inforpress) – About 25 percent (%) of the dwellings in Cidade Velha did not comply with the rules of construction, which may be required by Unesco and practiced elsewhere, announces today the Institute for Cultural Heritage IPC).

The information was given to Inforpress by the president of the IPC, Hamilton Jair Fernandes, noting that the institution did an exhaustive survey in all the neighborhoods of Cidade Velha, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago, considering them to be “easy cases of intervention and negotiable”.

According to the official, of the 254 houses visited, they found that 25% did not comply with the restrictions imposed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

Therefore, the IPC will present and socialize with the local community, next Tuesday, the Illustrated Handbook and Town Planning Guidelines for Cidade Velha, a document with a much more informal language to make the population aware of what is allowed or not in termos of construction in historical sites.

As it is an illustrated manual, Jair Fernandes explained that the idea is that the document be seen as a “pedagogical tool” to be applied not only in Cidade Velha, but also in other historical centers classified as national heritage.