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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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Betons Cahier ICOMOS France No29Béton(s). Architectures en bétons dans les Alpes; restaurer les bétons, la masse et l'épiderme. Proceedings of the international symposium organized by ICOMOS France, Labex AE&CC and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble in Grenoble, France, on 23-24 November 2017. Lagneau, Jean-François (ed.). Paris, ICOMOS France, 2017. 181 p., illus. (Les Cahiers d'ICOMOS France, No. 29). [Fre]

ISSN : 0297-3189

Le béton, matériau emblématique du vingtième siècle architectural, émerge peu à peu comme vecteur de valeur patrimoniale. Mélange à haute valeur technique, symbole d’une transition industrielle et sociale, panseur des après-guerres, esthétique et controversé, partout le béton s’incarne en biens singuliers ou se déploie en vrai paysage culturel, comme dans les cités franciliennes et sur les flancs de la vallée grenobloise.

Ce patrimoine est sujet à diverses détériorations que scientifiques et architectes s’attèlent à résoudre, au travers de démarches variées et d’innovations techniques d’importance.

Nourri des échanges tenus lors des journées scientifiques —dans le cadre de la célébration 200 ans de béton à Grenoble— des 23 et 24 novembre 2018, ICOMOS France livre dans cet ouvrage une rétrospective des origines du béton depuis ses ancrages et ses usages en Isère, et fait le point sur les progrès importants accomplis au regard de la connaissance des pathologies et de la finesse des modes de conservation/restauration (en Europe et en outremer), vingt ans après la publication des actes du colloque de référence tenu dans la ville emblématique du Havre.

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Patrimoine et débat public Cahier ICOMOS France 28Patrimoine & débats publics : un enjeu citoyen. La protection des patrimoines peut-elles être un processus démocratique ? Proceedings of the international symposium organized by ICOMOS France in Charenton-le-pont, France, les 24-25 novembre 2016. Tilmont, Michèle (ed.), Orozco-Souël, Paola (ed), Gotfried, Cédric (ed). Paris, ICOMOS France, 2017. 104 p., illus. (Les Cahiers d'ICOMOS France, No. 28). [Eng and Por]

ISSN : 0297-3189

While there is an increasing distance between political discourse and citizen expression, consulting and debating before taking any public decision is already considered a necessary obligation in France when it comes to environment issues. Public participation to measures to protect and manage the heritage that forms our cultural heritage and common good is becoming the rule.
How to meet this obligation of consultation? Which methods should be used in order to guarantee a constructive dialogue between heritage stakeholders and to reduce the distance between the knowledge of the experts summoned and the views of users supported by many activist associations?
Diverse consultation mechanisms implemented in response to a diversity of heritage objects reflect new forms of citizen involvement: properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, historic centres, natural sites or landscapes...

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Preserving Your way My wayICOMOS Portugal 
Preserving transcultural heritage: Your way or my way? Questions on authenticity, identity and patrimonial proceedings in the safeguarding of architectural heritage created in the meeting of cultures. Actes du colloque tenu à Lisbonne, 5-8 juillet 2017, organisé par ARTIS | Institute of History of Art, the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and ICOMOS portugal. Rodrigues dos Santos, joaquim (ed.). Casal de Cambra, Portugal, Caleidoscópio, 2017. 963 p., illus., bibl.

ISBN 978-989-658-467-2

The globalization that began centuries ago with trade, technology, culture, politics and military exchanges between different people, increasing progressively its intensity until our days, became originator of a heritage created exactly in the meeting of cultures. This new transcultural heritage (or hybrid heritage) presents a whole range of different complexities that makes more or less complicated its safeguarding and preservation for coming generations. 
Questions concerning the safeguarding of this kind of heritage involve a vast set of themes: the intense polemic about the preservation of architectural structures, whose memory can allude symbolically to cultures
considered as oppressors; the debate on authenticity, generated by confrontations between patrimonial values coming from cultures involved in the creation of each particular transcultural heritage – which could differ substantially, and therefore should be taken in consideration in the moment to decide how to act to preserve
that heritage –; the problematic related to migratory fluxes; the ideological instrumentalisation of architectural heritage; the touristic mercantilization of cultural monuments; and several other related themes, demanding the increment of the debate on them.

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CIVVIH Symposium2016ICOMOS International committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH)
Urban Heritage and Sustainability. Avgerinou-Kolonias, Sofia (ed.), RII, Hae Un (ed.). ICOMOS CIVVIH, 2017. 356 p., illus., bibl.

ISBN 979-11-950076-1-5

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Heritage sites of astronomy an archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Thematic study No. 2. Ruggles, Clives (ed.). Bognor Regis, UK, Ocarina Books, 2017. 304 p., illus., bibl.

ISBN: 978-0-954086-20-8 (paparback edition) 
ISBN : 978-2-918086-19-2 (e-book)

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Thematic Study WATER Cover second editionDec2017okICOMOS International 
Cultural Heritages of Water: The cultural heritages of water in the Middle East and Maghreb / Les patrimoines culturels de l’eau : Les patrimoines culturels de l’eau au Moyen-Orient et au Maghreb
. Thematic study / Étude thématique. Cotte, Michel (ed.). Charenton-le-Pont, France, ICOMOS International, 2018. 375 p., illus., bibl.

ISBN: 978-2-918086-26-5
ISBN: 978-2-918086-22-2 (e-version)

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Modern conservation No5Modern Conservation No. 5. Šekaric, Branka (ed.). Belgrade, ICOMOS Serbia, 2017, 313 p., illus.

"The fifth issue of “Modern Conservation” contains five articles in the first chapter while the chapter on Conservation Practice consists of 12 papers (see attached Contents). 
Following an outstanding response to the interviews with Prof. Jukka Jokilehto, Prof. Todor Krestev, Dr. Stefano De Caro and Mihael Petzet in the previous issues, the fifth issue brings an interview with Prof. Wilfried Lipp, Austrian expert in conservation field, President of ICOMOS Austria and President of International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration: Theophilos. The chapter International documents carries translations of five documents in the field of conservation, while the chapter Reviews carries four papers on the books and the events in the field. 
The fifth issue of “Modern Conservation” continues with the tradition of publishing the articles of foreign experts whose contributions are in line with the concept of periodical, which advocates for the promotion of ethically-founded conservation practice and constructive dialogue between all participants in the protection system, with the basic idea of improving the discipline and enhancing concern and responsibility for preservation of heritage in our society." (Presentation by the publisher)

ISSN 2334-9239

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Historic environment29 3 2017

Australia ICOMOS 
Heritage, sustainability and social justice. Volume 29, No. 3. Victoria, Australia Icomos, 2017. 96 p.

ISSN : 0726-6715


Books by ICOMOS members

boris Dubovik Riin AlataluBoris Dubovik: "Vanalinn, minu lemmik!". Vana Tallinn muinsuskaitsja pilgu läbi.
Seidla, Anu; Alatalu, Riin. Talinn, Ajakool OÜ, 2017. 192 p., illus. (est).

Boris Dubovik, origin from Ukraine, first arrived to Tallinn in 1972 at the age of 17 and has  worked with Tallinn Old Town since, starting as an ordinary worker, later researcher  to the head of the Division of Heritage Protection of Tallinn. The book is the story on the heritage protection in Tallinn Old Town from the beginning of 20th century. Tallinn has very many unique protected monuments, but it has been also protected as a conservation area since 1966. in 1997 Tallinn was listed as WH Site as a well-preserved historic city with its medieval city structure and housing. The book is set up as a narrative and illustrated with many pictures to give the reader the understanding of the background of the decisions of heritage authorities and the interconnection of heritage protection with other trends and developments of the society. (description by © the author)  

WH HRWorld Heritage and human rights : lessons from the Asia-Pacific and global arena.  Larsen, Peter Bille (éd.). Londres, Routledge, 2018. 325 p., illus., maps. (Eng). Incl. bibl., index.

The World Heritage community is currently adopting policies to mainstream human rights as part of a wider sustainability agenda. This book provides both a review of World Heritage policy at the global level and case studies from Asia-Pacific (including Australia, South and Southeast Asia and China) of how human rights issues impact on both natural and cultural heritage sites and their management. (summary by © the editor)

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