The Charter of Machu Picchu (1977)

Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery.

Preface: The Charter of Machu Picchu was adopted by the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima, Peru, 12 Dec., 1977.

The Charter of Machu Picchu introduces for the first time the consideration of the material value underlying in the conservation of historic centres, joining the economic value to the cultural one “… the action of preserving, restoring and recycling the historic environments and architectonic monuments must be integrated in the vital process of urban development, also because it is the only way of financing and managing this operation.





The Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima, Peru, 12 Dec., 1977.


  • The Machu Picchu Charter was designed to be an update of the document Le Corbusier and his collaborators produced in 1933, known as the Charter of Athens, which had served as a blueprint for the development of contemporary architecture and urban planning.
  • It discusses concepts regarding urban planning of cities and their surrounding regions. It explains how it differs from the Charter of Athens.
  • It outlines concepts regarding cities and regions; urban growth; the sector concept; housing; transportation; availability of urban land; natural resources and environmental pollution; preservation; technology; implementation; and urban planning and architecture.




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