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The Master Plan Of Fortifications As A Management Tool For The Conservation And Development Of The Defence Heritage Of Cádiz


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C. Rubio-Bellido, M. Ureta-Gragera


The city of Cádiz preserves numerous examples of fortifications that mark out its perimeter. Currently, the understanding of the defensive system of Cádiz as a fortified complex goes un-noticed and its maintenance is insufficient. In specific cases, the implementation of new uses in these spaces has been accomplished contributing to their preservation. However, there is a lack of a comprehensive plan that interrelates all the pieces, by means of a global understanding and a detailed enhancement. The proposed development planning, as a part of The General Urban Development Plan of 2012, is entitled as The Master Plan of Fortifications. This plan will integrate all the actions and regulations of the defence architecture of the city in order to promote the conservation and the knowledge of that heritage. In addition, it will be a reference document for future investments. Main objectives are carried out in this paper, taking into account the principles of integration, promotion, consolidation and restoration. To reach this goal, a number of strategies have been developed at various stages, which strive to achieve not only the management but also the useful preservation and environmental regeneration of those architectures. The conservation and the development of the fortified city of Cádiz is proposed in this paper through an innovative and specific management tool.


military heritage, fortifications, sustainable development, conservation, management