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Comité international des villes et villages historiques de l'ICOMOS (CIVVIH)

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2018 CIVVIH annual meeting, scientific symposium « heritage & sustainable city » : history, archeology, antiques and sustainable city / rencontre annuelle du CIVVIH 2018, symposium scientifique « patrimoine & ville durable » : histoire, archéologie, antiquités et ville durable. Bruguerolle, Antoine (ed). 2019. 62 p. [Same text in Eng & Fre]

The subject of the permanence of Antiquity within the city is emphasized by the administration of the city of Nîmes and echoes the scientific reflection and works lead by the CIVVIH experts. To widen the work field and allow as large as possible an involvement –beyond the notion of Antiquity– an evocation of history and archeology was proposed and met the making of the sustainable city and new urbanistic practices, planning and architecture. Three transversal themes were suggested to shed light on experiences and exemplary case studies on the subject. Each theme has been the subject of a learning session involving a theoretical introduction followed by seven to eight papers showing significant practices or experiences and concluded by a round table and open debate supervised by a moderator. The proceedings of which you can find here


ICOMOS International Rock Art Committee (CAR-ICOMOS)

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INORA, "International Newsletter on Rock Art". Clottes, Jean (ed). Foix, France : UISPP/IFRAO/ARAPE, 2020. 3 publications per year. Last issue received: N°87, July 2020. [same texts in Eng / Fre]

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ICOMOS Deutschland, ICOMOS Luxembourg, ICOMOS Österreich, ICOMOS Suisse

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Denkmal ohne Grenzen. Deutschsprachige Texte - vom Europäischen Denkmalschutzjahr 1975 zum Europäischen Kulturerbejahr 2018 / Heritage without Borders. Sigrid Brandt (ed), Jörg Haspe (ed)l, John Ziesemer (ed). Berlin : hendrik Baβler verlag, 2020. (Monumenta IV) 263 p., illus. [same texts in Ger, Eng, Fre].

ISBN 978-3-945880-49-4

This volume contains significant German-language texts from the European Year on Cultural Heritage 2018, on the theory and practice of heritage preservation and monument protection, including "classics" dealing with preservation and protection principles, rarely cited and reflected upon in foreigh-language heritage publications.

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ICOMOS Australia

bmouton couvCurrent research in heritage and conservation studies from Australia and New Zealand. eritage, sustainability and social justice. Volume 31, No. 1. Ireland, Tracy (ed.) Victoria, Australia Icomos, 2020. 116 p. [Eng]

Conserving it together - Heritage at risk. Volume 31, No. 2. Ireland, Tracy (ed.). Victoria, Australia Icomos, 2020. 126 p. [Eng]

ISSN : 0726-6715

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ICOMOS Germany

ICOMOS GErmany In Memory Michael PETZET Page 01Michael Petzet *12 April 1933 - †29 May 2019*: In memory. Jansen, Michael (ed.), Ziesemer, John (ed.) Berlin, ICOMOS Germany, 2020. 149 p., ill. [Ger, Eng]

The testimonies of Michael Petzet's friends and colleagues (who were sometimes both at the same time) about this eminent, dedicated personality of the cultural heritage sphere, in Germany but also at an international level. M. Petzet was ICOMOS president from 1999 to 2008.

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Eiserner Vorhang und Grünes Band. Netzwerke und Kooperationsmöglichkeiten in einer europäischen Grenzlandschaft / Iron Curtain and Green Belt. Networks and Opportunities for Cooperation in a European Border Landscape
. Ziesemer, John, Beitl, Cornelia. Münster: Deutscher Architektur Verlag, 2020 (ICOMOS - Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees LXXII). [Eng & Ger]

ISBN 978-3-946154-54-9

Following the guiding theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, “Border Areas – Encounter Areas”, and focussing on the inner-European post-war border of the Iron Curtain, the aim of this international conference is to review, present, and discuss the
difficult heritage of the Cold War as well as to explore the potential for a transboundary cooperation and network. (source: ZZF Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam)

Conference-Programme - Flyer (pdf)

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A Future for Our Recent Past. Model Projects of Modern Heritage Conservation in Europe. Brandt, Sigrid (ed.), Haspel, Jörg(ed.), Kondrashev, Leonid (ed.), Kudryavtsev, Alexander (ed.) et Ziesemer, John (ed.). Berlin: Hendrik Bäβler Verlag, 202
(ICOMOS - Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees LXXIII). [Eng]

ISBN 978-3-945880-54-8

This publication is a report of the International Conference "A Future for Our Recent Past" which aimed at documenting European cooperation to address the cultural heritage of the last century, and discussed measures to preserve, restore and revitalize the monuments from the XXth.

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Die Venusgrotte im Schlosspark Linderhof. Illusionskunst und High heft LXX lTech im 19. Jahrhundert. Ziesemer, John (ed.). Berlin: Hendrik Bäβler Verlag, 2019 (ICOMOS - Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees LXX). [Eng & Ger]

ISBN 978-3-945880-45-6

"The Venus Grotto in the park of Linderhof Castle in the Upper Bavarian community of Ettal in southern Bavaria is a unique total work of art of the 19th century. Commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig II and significantly co-designed by him, the building combines technological innovation and illusionistic staging art to create an extraordinary experience space that corresponds more to an interactive theatre stage than to traditional grotto architecture. Diagrams of distant and fantastic worlds, the Blue Grotto in Capri and opera scenes by Richard Wagner were realised with the greatest effort in a single location; today they provide a unique view of the technical and artistic innovations of the century before last.
Ludwig's claim to create a perfect art experience with all available means led to extraordinary technical and artistic achievements at the Venus Grotto, such as one of the world's first electricity plants for the illumination of the grotto, novel constructive and structural solutions for a natural-realistic grotto architecture and unique theatre effects in the form of light productions and an artificial waterfall."

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ICOMOS Serbia modern conseration7Modern Conservation No.7. Šekaric, Branka (ed.). Belgrade, ICOMOS Serbie, 2019, 241 p.illus. [Ser, summaries in Eng]

Through its regular chapters (History, Theory, Philosophy of Conservation; Conservation Practice; Interview; International Documents; Reviews) “Modern Conservation” seeks to establish a balance between history, theory and philosophy of conservation on the one hand, and conservation practice, with case studies from the local experiences and the world, on the other. The new issue includes an interview with Dinu Bumbaru, Secretary General of ICOMOS International and president of ICOMOS Canada.

ISSN 2334-9239

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ICOMOS Uruguay

ICOMOS Uruguay Monumentos y sitiosMonumentos y Sitios: Uruguay. Béhèran, Ricardo (ed.), Mazzini, Elena (ed.). Montevideo, ICOMOS Uruguay, 2019. 208 p., illus. [Spa, résumés en Eng]

This publication takes a retrospective look at the evolution of cultural heritage conservation in Uruguay up to its contemporary situation. Several aspects are covered, from the legal framework to inventories, protection and documentation of different types of heritage at the national level.

ISBN 978-9974-94-602-6

ICOMOS Wallonie-Bruxelles

bmouton couvLa gestion du risque en Belgique. Patricio,Teresa (ed.). Bruxelles : ICOMOS Wallonie-Bruxelle asbl, 2020. (Thema & Collecta, 7/2020). 151 p., illus. [Fre]

ISBN : 978-2-9600205-8-8

THEMA & COLLECTA addresses issues that are at the heart of ICOMOS' concerns by offering to share with its readers reflections, experiences, testimonies and examples that contribute to enriching the dynamics of monument and site conservation.

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 Significant books published by ICOMOS members

bmouton couvSens et renaissances du patrimoine architectural. Mouton, Benjamin. Paris : Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine / Éditions des Cendres, 2018. 416 p., ill. [Fre]

ISBN 978-2-86742-278-2

A dive into the country of architecture, the experiences and reflections it has inspired, and which are intended to be both testimonials and elements of a methodology. Where do we stand in the distinction between architectural heritage and historical monuments? And in the fog of globalization, what roles will they play tomorrow in rescuing cultural identities adrift? What practical measures are required to respond to this challenge? It is in the land of necessary hope that we are expected to ensure not only the survival, but the smile of architectural heritage.
This book is a summation of the history of architectural practices dedicated to the safeguarding of heritage. Two hundred years of observations, implementations and inventions. The book is both analytical and didactic, proposing through countless examples - from the most prestigious buildings (Notre-Dame, Quimper, Invalides...) to the most humble (village squares, rural housing, composite constructions...) - a set of possible ways to intelligently mobilize the architectures of the past and attach them to our time.
(source: Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine)

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Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage. Volume 1: Angkor in France. From Plaster Casts to Exhibition Pavilions. Volume 2: Angkor in Cambodia. From Jungle Find to Global Icon. Falser, Michael. Berlin : de Gruyter, 2020. Vol.: 508 p., ill.; Vol. II: 642 p., ill. [Eng]

angkor wat a transcultural history of heritagevol1ISBN 978-3-11-033572-9

This book enravels the formation of the modern concept of cultural heritage by charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and global trajectories. By bringing to light many unresearched dimensions of the twelfth-century Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat during its modern history, the study argues for a conceptual, connected history that unfolded within the transcultural interstices of European and Asian projects. With more than 1400 black-and-white and colour illustrations of historic photographs, architectural plans and samples of public media, the monograph discusses the multiple lives of Angkor Wat over a 150 year-long period from the 1860s to the 2010s.

angkor wat a transcultural history of heritage1Volume I (Angkor in France) reconceptualizes the Orientalist, French-colonial 'discovery' of the temple in the nineteenth century and brings to light the manifold strategies at play in its physical representations as plaster cast substitutes in museums and as hybrid pavilions in universal and colonial exhibitions in Marseille and Paris from 1867 to 1937.

 Volume 2 (Angkor in Cambodia) covers, for the first time in this depth, the various on-site restoraiton efforts inside the 'Archaeological Park of Angkor' from 1907 until 1970, and the temple's gradual canonisation as a symbol of national identity during Cambodia's troublesome docolonisation (1953-89), from independance to Khmer Rouge terror and Vietnamese occupation, and, finally, as a global icon of UNESCO World Heritage since 1992 until today.

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NachderStundeNull: AusNachkriegserfahrungenfürSyrienlernen? after the zero hourDenkmalpflege, Archäologie und Städtebau als internationale Aufgabe / After the zero hour: Learning from Post-war Experience for Syria ? Heritage Conservation,
Archaeology and Urban Planning as International Responsibility
. Fless, Friederike (ed.), Haspel, Jörg (ed.). Berlin: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Zentrale, 2019. 216 p., illus. [Ger]

Proceedings of the scientific symposium held in Leipzig the 9 and 10 November 2016, and organised by the German National Committee of ICOMOS and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in cooperation with the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning (DASL) and the Europae Archeologiae Consilium - Council of European Archaeology (EAC).

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ICOMOS Germany

ICOMOS Latvija 2018Kernkraftwerke : DenKmalwerte und Erhaltungschancen / Nuclear Power Stations: Heritage Values and Preservation Perspectives. Brandt, SIgrid et Thorsten, Dame (ed.). Berlin, Hendrik Bäβler Verlag, 2019. 128 p., illus. (ICOMOS Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees, LXVIII) [Ger and Eng]

International symposium of the Technical University Berlin, Department of Historical Building Research and Preservation of Historical Monuments, and the German National Committee of ICOMOS in cooperation with the German section of TICCIH and the
Foundation German Museum of Technology Berlin Berlin, 20/21 October 2017.

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ICOMOS Latvija 2018Modern neu denken: Architektur und Städtebau des 20. Jahrhunderts, zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition / Rethinking Modernity: Architecture and Urban planning of the 20th Century, between Avant-Garde and Tradition. Ziesemer, John (ed.). Berlin, Karl Krämer Verlag Stuttgart, 2019. 192 p., illus. (ICOMOS Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees, LXIX) [Ger andEng]

ISBN : 978-3-7828-4058-3

"The Cold War and the Iron Curtain have left behind a thinking in terms of incompatible contradictions. As such, 20th-century European architectural history still often juxtaposed avant-garde trends and traditionalist tendencies as incompatible extremes. In Germany, this antagonistic notion peaked in the 1950s when the West was identified with “international modernism” and the East with building in “national traditions”. Berlin has two built manifestoes of this political and aesthetic confrontation: The Karl-Marx-Allee (formerly Stalinallee), constructed between 1951 and 1958, and the Internationale Bauausstellung Interbau from 1957. The architectural turn to postmodernism since the 1980s and the political turnaround after 1990 led to a change in this post-war perception. The tradition-conscious and the progress-oriented heritage of post-war architecture are enjoying growing appreciation in many circles in both the East and the West. With the state of Berlin’s application (2013) jointly proposing two sections of Karl-Marx-Allee in the East and all units of Interbau in the West for the German registration list of the world heritage nomination at UNESCO, the usual contrastive pair has been broken up and made conducive for a new approach.

The international conference Rethinking Modernity aims to place the current Berlin-based debate in a larger context on the basis of parallels and counterexamples from eastern and western Europe, facilitating international examination and assessment by means of historical analyses and typological comparisons. In a modernist understanding which extends up to the present day, tradition and progress condition and permeate each other, remaining distinguishable but also inextricably linked." [source: conference press release]

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ICOMOS Climate change and Heritage working group

ICOMOS Latvija 2018Climate risk assessment for heart of neolithic Orkney World Heritage property. Day JC, Heron SF, Markham A, Downes J, Gibson J, Hyslop E, Jones RH, Lyall A. Edinburgh, Historic Environment Scotland, 2019. 88 p. [Eng]

This report describes outcomes from a workshop in Orkney, Scotland (April 2019) to apply the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI).

The CVI is a new methodology developed to rapidly assess climate impacts – both to Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and the associated ‘community’ (local, domestic and international) – for all types of World Heritage properties (natural, cultural or mixed). In its first application to a cultural World Heritage property, the CVI process was undertaken for the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ (HONO).

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ICOMOS Latvija 2018ICOMOS tiesību avoti kultūras mantojuma aizsardzībā. Lejnieks, Janis (ed.). Riga, ICOMOS Latvia / "Petergailis" publishing house, 2018. 167 p. [Lav]

ISBN : 978-9984-33-474-5

This book, result of a project funded by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, summarizes the ICOMOS core charters and declarations, translated in Latvian - legislation that defines heritage conservation ideas, policies, and contexts in various fields and aspects, and broadens the understanding of cultural heritage conservation by providing an opportunity to read the theoretical origins of background. Its significant added value is the commentary of Latvian experts - architects, historians and archaeologists, who provide insight into the meaning of documents, illustrating with examples the development of the heritage conservation process in Latvia, our platform for preservation of cultural and historical heritage. This booklet is intended not only for professionals in the field of cultural heritage protection, but also for the general public interested in the theoretical basis of the process of preservation and development of Latvia's tangible and intangible heritage as seen by the world's leading organization UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

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ICOMOS France Retour CV.1Retour à l'esprit de la Charte de Venise / Back to ths spirit of the Venice charter. Summary and conclusions of the seminar organized by ICOMOS France. Mouton, Benjamin (ed.), Schneider, Dominique (ed.). Paris, ICOMOS France, 2019. 43 p. [Fre & Eng]

ISBN : 978-2-9543731-2-6

The Venice Charter focuses on the concept of a Historic Monument. How, in 50 years, has it been applied to its main topics of action: conservation, restoration, use? Did it remain true to its initial spirit? Is it still a reference today, in view of the widening of the heritage field: industrial heritage, twentieth century heritage, urban and rural complexes, territorial complexes, world heritage? Applied to tangible heritage, does it take intangible values into account?
The context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 provided the opportunity to consider these issues, which ICOMOS France decided to assess in the light of current practices, in association with the European ICOMOS Committees. The one-day workshop which took place on 18 October 2018 revolved around three broad themes:
• Historical development;
• Linguistic development; and
• The development of practices in Europe.

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ICOMOS Slovenia

icomos slovenja1 20190605105718 00001Management of cultural heritage sites /  Upravljanje kulturne dediscine. Book of abstracts /  Kniga povzetkov. 3rd International Symposium on Cultural Heritage and Legal Issues, Bled, 20-22 September 2018. Ifko, Sonja (ed.). Ljubljana, ICOMOS Slovenija, 2018. 51 p. [Slo & Eng]




thumb icomos slovenja2 20190605105806 00001Protection and Reuse of Industrial Heritage: Dilemmas, Problems, Examples. Ifko, Sonja (ed.), Stokin, Mario (ed.). Ljubljana, ICOMOS Slovenija, 2018. 147 p. (Monographic publications of ICOMOS Slovenia, 2). [Eng]

ISBN : 978-961-288-673-8

The present publication brings eleven new articles from different countries, especially focused on south-east Europe industrial heritage, where after the fall of Yugoslavia the new economic order led to the collapse of many industrial factories and towns from the socialist period, now in a process of decline. The nature of economic and political circumstances in south-east Europe are constantly and increasingly challenging the survival of industrial heritage - even "listed" monuments. Public interest is not always sufficiently expressed in decision-making process. The same is true about excpectations of heritage communities associated with industrial heritage which still have little means of being expressed and taken on board. [...] These changes affecting industrial heritage and its role in society require new responses and innovative solutions.

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icomos slovenja3 20190605105849 00001Dediščina Slovenije in UNESCO / Heritage of Slovenia and UNESCO. Ribnikar Vasle, Biserka (ed.). Ljubljana, ICOMOS Slovenia (in cooperation with the Office of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO), 2016. 83 p. [Slo & Eng]

ISBN 978-961-6990-03-5

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ISCARSAH ICOMOSkoea 20190415143450 00001ICOMOS Korea / ISCARSAH
International workshop report on the scope of the material and techniques stone, wood and earth. Simon, Stefan, Görün Arun, E., Hurato, Marcela, Lagunes, Segarra, Kelly, Stephen J., El Harrouni, Khalil, Mitnacht, Bernd, McGillivray, Ian, Cho, InSouk,Sklodowski, Marek, Vargas-Neumann, Julio, Jo, SangSun. Daejeon, Republic of Korea, NRICH, 2018. 293 p. [Kor & Eng]

ISBN 978-89-299-1380-9-93600. 

This report contains the collection of papers written by participants of the interantional workshop cohosted by the Korean National Research Institute for Cultural Heritage (NRICH) and ICOMOS Korea, and was co-organized by ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Alaysis and Restoration of Structures of Architctural Heritage (ISCARSAH). Participants conducted field surveys on cultural heritages that were monitored by the NRICH and discussed safety management measures on them. Were also discussed the issues of health assessment, sustainable management and disaster mitigation.

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European Quality Principles 2019 EN Page 01ICOMOS International
European quality principles for EU-funded interventions with potential impact upon cultural heritage. ICOMOS International, Paris, 2019. 66p. [Eng]
ISBN 978-2-918086-25-3. [e-book]
ISBN 978-2-918086-25-3. [printed version]

This document stems from the work of an expert group assembled by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), under the mandate of the European Commission and in the framework of the flagship EU Initiative of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, “Cherishing heritage: developing quality standards for EU-funded projects that have the potential to impact on cultural heritage”. The main objective of the document is to provide guidance on quality principles for all stakeholders directly or indirectly engaged in EU-funded heritage conservation and management (i.e. European institutions, managing authorities, international organisations, civil society and local communities, private sector, and experts). The document focuses on the core issue of quality in EU-funded interventions that could impact on cultural heritage (mainly built heritage and cultural landscapes), providing a summary of key concepts, international charters, European and international conventions, and standards and changes in understanding and practice of heritage conservation.


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(Scientific Commitee on Vernacular Architecture)

CIAV ICOMOS GERMANYThe cultural landscape of the Wendland Circular Villages. Proceedings of the 2016 conference and annual meeting of ICOMOS CIAV held in Wendland, Germany, on September 28-October 2, organised with ICOMOS Germany, the State Office for Monument conservation and Archaeology of Lower Saxony and the Samtgemeinde of Lüchow-Wendland . Machat, Christoph (ed.). Berlin, Geymüller, Verlage fÜr Architektur, Aachen, 2018, 111 p., illus. (ICOMOS Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees, LXVII) [Eng]

ISBN 978-3-943164-46-6

The Wendland circular villages form an exceptional and unique historical cultural landscape, which allows experiencing the planned circular settlements and the adjoining land-use patterns of medieval subsistence farming, which have been preserved in their entirety and architectural form of the 18th and 19th century, to this day. The intense density of numerous, extremely well-preserved circular villages in a confined space, and the interjacent terrain which they affect, constitute a cultural landscape which has fully preserved its agricultural and vernacular aesthetics. The clear legibility of the village typology, formed by gable-ended aisled houses circularly arranged around an open centre, and the good preservation of the axially planned land parcels extending from the village centres and shared meadowlands between settlements, makes this cultural landscape a globally unique example of a Central European traditional human settlement and land use form.
Noting the rarity of such vernacular landscapes in Central Europe, the conference "Conservation and Rehabilitation of Vernacular Heritage" aims to draw on the inspiration of the circular villages to discuss contemporary challenges in the conservation integrity and authenticity of vernacular heritage in Central Europe while considering the need for and challenges of future demographic and infrastructure developments. (Source:

Modern Conservation N6 2018Modern Conservation No. 6. Šekaric, Branka (ed.). Belgrade, ICOMOS Serbia, 2018, 337 p., illus. [Ser, Eng]

ISSN 2334-9239

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