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

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Drafting Process of the ICOMOS Matrix

This Matrix is an outcome of three workshops from June 2017 through January 2018. At the first workshop (June 2017), the task force produced the first Draft Matrix and identified certain types of traumatic events (earthquake, fire, conflicts) and experts who know these cases well. Geographical diversity was taken into consideration to select cases (Chile, Italy, Israel, Japan, Uganda).
Experts were invited to the second workshop for test-case analysis to give their feedback as the users of the First Draft Matrix. After the second workshop, the first Draft Matrix was substantially revised by the task force and redrafted as the Second Draft Matrix. The task force tried to reduce redundancies, to simplify the prompts by making more accessible the language, to clarify that the matrix is not a template or a form to be filled in.
This version was sent to the same experts and one additional expert (the cases mentioned above and Bosnia-Herzegovina). These experts were requested to revise their reports, using the Second Draft Matrix.
At the third workshop, focal points of ICOMOS National Committees and International Scientific Committees were invited to comment on the Second Draft Matrix. The Second Draft Matrix was revised again, reflecting their comments, and finalized as the ICOMOS Matrix.

A Way Forward

ICOMOS created a special section in its website dedicated to reconstruction, where the ICOMOS Guidance on Recovery and Reconstruction, the ICOMOS Matrix and case study reports are uploaded.
Additional case study reports have been commissioned by ICOMOS and ICCROM in the scope of the joint project “Analysis of Case Studies in Recovery and Reconstruction”. These case studies have been chosen to represent a comprehensive set of factors, including geographical, cultural and causational. The authors will use the ICOMOS Matrix.
In the near future, more cases studies will be added, and the Matrix will be further revised. A possible step forward for the near future would be, taking the case study reports into consideration, to revise and develop the ICOMOS Guidance beyond its initial application to post trauma WH sites, to widen its applicability to diverse situations of damaged cultural inheritance.

 

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