Architect Maurice Cox Speaks On Preserving Historic African Town
Nov. 8, 1999 -- Maurice Cox, University of
Virginia assistant professor of architecture, will speak about the
community preservation process for an historic African town on Monday,
Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 105. The
lecture, titled "Interpreting the African Diaspora on Site,
in Ghana," is part of a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series sponsored
by U.Va.s department of landscape architecture.
talk will focus on his visit in the summer of 1999 to the town of
Cape Coast, Ghana, once a center of gold and slave trading, where
he co-chaired an international resource team to facilitate a community-based
planning process for heritage preservation and the management of
change in this historic town.
international team of 24 experts was brought together by the United
States Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS)
to create a conservation district and help develop a heritage tourism
plan in Cape Coast, where West African traditions coexist with the
history of European trading along the Gold Coast.
team worked with the community to develop local ownership of the
planning and design of the project, which links heritage conservation
to basic community needs. At the end of its visit, the resource
team made a presentation to the community, tribal council and chief
in Cape Coast Castle, a World Heritage site that was originally
built to help the gold trade and later the trade in enslaved Africans.
The plans to create a conservation district there were publicly
endorsed by the local political structure.
more information, contact Maurice Cox at (804) 924-3125.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298