(1Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria / 2Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

From the 60′, culture and architectural heritage are sometimes treated as a consumer object, trying to offer the tourist what is popular at that moment in that place. In addition, this popular movements are used also from the natives, referring to traditionalists models for themselves.
This often means that the heritage intervention (rural and urban) have been developed on request, often causing contradictions that change their the perception. Thus, sometimes, we approach to a wrong traditional architecture, as a hallmark of the city, as a brand of the village, as an object of merchandising.
By studying some cases located on the island of Gran Canaria, using visual and graphic analysis on various levels, we’ll understand the importance of regulation and documentation of traditional models. In this way, the origin and meaning of the solutions adopted and inherited from other times becomes apparent.
The purpose of this analysis is to reveal and links the origin and result of the passage from a functional architecture to an aesthetic architecture, that is been obtained by the interpretation of the first one, without any regulation invalidated by the municipal regulatory and island.
we will show different procedures of that fact and other different approaches to the built heritage, explaining what that means for the  urban, rural architecture and in particular by the cave houses.

Keywords: Traditional architecture, rural heritage, Traditional models