The ICOMOS Recovery and Reconstruction Project – Its Aims and a Way Forward

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Discussion on the subject of reconstruction has been difficult, because reconstruction has often been considered as a taboo for heritage conservation. The Operational Guidelines of the World Heritage Convention also states that reconstruction would be justifiable only under “exceptional circumstances” (para.86 of the OG [2017]). Hence debates on reconstruction have taken place within a particular conception of authenticity. The main focus of the debates has been what aspects of heritage should be taken into consideration to assess the aspects and conditions of authenticity. Focus has traditionally been placed on the material aspects of heritage, while other aspects could be considered only if the information on such aspects was proven to have sufficient credibility. This broader approach has been accepted to analyze the authenticity on doctrinal and practical levels. However, when the social dimensions of heritage have been changed through immigration, conflict, and other social phenomena, more elaborate analysis seems necessary. 

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New Resource on Recovery and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage

ICCROM and ICOMOS jointly launch a new publication for free download.

ICOMOS ICCROM Recovery Reconstruction KathmandaThe joint ICOMOS-ICCROM publication, Analysis of Case Studies in Recovery and Reconstruction brings together the voices and experiences of experts and practitioners working in the field. Published in two volumes, the publication includes 11 case studies addressing issues of post-trauma recovery and reconstruction – from the preservation of vernacular architecture in rural Chile in the aftermath of an earthquake to the reconstruction of a traditional royal complex in Rwanda following continuous systems of conflict.

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Call for proposals: ICCROM-ICOMOS Project “Analysis of Case Studies in Recovery and Reconstruction”

LOGO Reconstruction logo sans paust traumaICCROM and ICOMOS invite authors for expressions of interest in preparing a case study within the joint project “Analysis of Case Studies in Recovery and Reconstruction”.

After review of the proposals, a selection will be made by a Working Group for the development of selected case studies. The selected authors will receive an honorarium in recognition of their work.

To know more about the project, the criteria of selection, deadlines and terms of submission please click the link below:

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A contemporary provocation: reconstructions as tools of future-making (Paris, 13 - 15 March 2017)

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The workshop was organised by ICOMOS and made possible by support from Kyushu University, Japan. The members of the working group preparing both the workshop and the publication were Cornelius Holtorf (Linnaeus University, Sweden), Loughlin Kealy (University College Dublin, Ireland), Toshiyuki Kono (ICOMOS/ Kyushu University, Japan) and Marie-Laure Lavenir (ICOMOS, France). We are very grateful for the assistance of Maureen Pelletier, Gaia Jungeblodt, and Lucile Smirnov at ICOMOS.

Papers - ICOMOS University Forum - Volume 1

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