The International Day for Monuments and Sites was created on 18 April 1982 by ICOMOS and approved by the UNESCO General Conference. For two years
now, we have been reviving this day by choosing one theme shared by all the National
Committees. The topic proposed in 2001 was: Save Our Historic Villages
. This year's theme is 20th Century Heritage. It is directly linked to the important
work of research and reflection lead by ICOMOS on recent heritage
(see Dinu Bumbaru's article)
We call on ICOMOS members and professionals in the preservation field to make this day a global success. Recent heritage, particularly that associated
with the classical modern styles, is an important part of our common heritage, as it expresses major architectural and social developments.
20th century heritage sometimes suffers of a lack of recognition and protection especially when compared to « older » or more traditional heritage. In addition,
sophisticated designs and often experimental technology give it additional vulnerability. Simple changes to meet more current needs, can alter the subtle architectural
qualities of the buildings. Furthermore, the large quantity of such buildings or urban complexes creates a problem for establishing protection and conservation
ICOMOS encourages national and international committees and members to organise activities
for the discovering of 20th century buildings, gardens, works of art or
design, structures, cities or sites, and their 19th century precursors.
The secretariat sent to all national committees a call for participation, and suggested activities to be