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ICOMOS International Secretariat e-news n19,24 May 2007
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Nouvelles lectroniques du Secrtariat International de lICOMOS n 19,

24 mai 2007

A compendium of news received from various sources including organisations other than ICOMOS and re-transmitted (unedited and only in the original language received) for the benefit of ICOMOS Committees and members. The ICOMOS International Secretariat is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information provided. Opinions expressed in the ICOMOS International e-news are not necessarily those of ICOMOS or its Executive Committee and events announced are not automatically endorsed by ICOMOS.

Ces nouvelles lectroniques du Secrtariat de lICOMOS sont un recueil dinformations reues de diverses sources et retransmises (sans travail de rdaction et uniquement dans la langue originale) pour le bnfice de nos Comits et de nos membres. Le Secrtariat International de lICOMOS nest pas responsable de la vracit des informations. Les opinions exprimes dans ces nouvelles ne sont pas ncessairement celles de lICOMOS ni de son Comit Excutif. Les vnements annoncs ne sont pas automatiquement soutenus par lICOMOS.


- RehabiMed - First Euro-Mediterranean Regional Conference - Traditional Mediterranean Architecture - Present and Future, Barcelona, 12-15 July 2007

- International Seminar : Public-Private Partnership in the Management of Cultural Heritage Assets a European Challenge, Berlin, 15 and 16 June 2007

- 4th European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design EURAU08 Cultural Landscape, Madrid, Spain, 16 19 January 2008

- 6th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Construction, 2-4 July 2008, Assembly Rooms, Bath, UK

- Modernism at Risk - a World Monuments Fund Program

- Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Newsletter (see attached)





Barcelona, 12-15 July 2007, Building Vertex, Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya



Barcelona, del 12 al 15 de Julio de 2007, Edificio Vrtex, Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya



Barcelone, du 12 au 15 juillet 2007, Btiment Vertex, Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya


in memory of Gilles Nourissier, Secretary General of the Conference Scientific Committee (1954-2007)

Traditional architecture is one of the best exponents of Mediterranean culture. The buildings in question are modest in some cases and rich in others, but all contain the essence of Mediterranean values. Cultures, religions, customs, trades and traditions are brought together in this form of architecture, a true example of cultural crossover and identity. Its present-day situation is fraught with contradiction. From restoration, as though it were a great monument, to abandonment and oblivion, these extreme situations can be found in all Mediterranean countries. As a lived-in and therefore living form of architecture, it is particularly vulnerable from a heritage viewpoint, though this very fact gives it a unique social value that guarantees its survival. Rehabilitation can provide the key to striking a balance between present-day demands and its preservation as heritage. This is the challenge of RehabiMed and the Conferences theme of debate: present and future.

Economic imbalances between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean are also reflected in building rehabilitation and maintenance. Whereas in European countries this subsector of construction accounts for over 50% of total investment, in southern countries it is less than 10%. This figure has to be regarded as an indicator of development, and RehabiMeds aim is to promote this opportunity for development that will help to preserve heritage and improve the living conditions of many families. Three years work on the part of more than 150 experts in 15 countries is the example that will be presented in its full scope in the course of the Conference.

The presence at the Conference of speakers from many different origins and professional disciplines will represent varying realities and complementary viewpoints. University lecturers researching specific technologies, professionals in a range of disciplines and political decision-makers will be present at the Conference. This presence will constitute a veritable Agora for the interchange of ideas and experiences, at the same time creating new lines of action that will constitute a before and an after in rehabilitation in the Mediterranean.

See full programme and practical information in Spanish, French and English on http://www.rehabimed.net/www_ang/index_ang.htm

For more information, please contact:


Collegi d'Aparelladors

i Arquitectes Tcnics de Barcelona

Tel. +(34) 93 240 20 60


Organised, among others, with the support of ICOMOS


Public-Private Partnership in the Management of Cultural Heritage Assets
a European Challenge
International Seminar on the occasion of the German Presidency of the EU Council 2007,
Berlin, 15 and 16 June 2007


At the international seminar in Berlin, experts and decision-makers will come together to discuss the current state and future perspectives of Public-Private
Partnerships in the management of cultural heritage assets in Europe. The focus will be on the privatisation of conservation, which has a number of implications
at the level of Governments responsibilities towards heritage conservation, with respect to the professional training and employment of conservators and regarding fundamental issues such as documentation and maintenance work.

The following topics will be addressed:

- Analysis of the current situation: successful models of Public-Private Partnership in Conservation and Site Management (case studies)

- Discussion on issues raised in both Public and Private Conservation and Site Management ( Economic Aspects, Technology Transfer, Tourism and Private Sector Involvement, Quality control of outsourced works, Conservation and Conservation Science as assets for European competitiveness )

- Implications of Private-Public Partnerships ( Legal, ethical, professional implications of privatization in conservation and cultural heritage management, Aspects of training and teaching - employment prospects for conservators )

On 16 June, round table discussions focusing on the above topics will provide opportunities for exchange between lecturers and workshop participants. Papers are accepted. Some of them will be selected for oral presentation; the remaining ones may be presented as posters. Papers and outcome of the Seminar are supposed to be subject to publication.


While the attention given to cultural heritage by Government and media has never been greater than at present, paradoxically, there are strong indications of declining direct Government support for those public institutions responsible for conservation practice and teaching.

In the field of cultural heritage management, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP ) appear a promising perspective to balance increasing pressure of market forces on the one hand and governments responsibilities in protecting public values on the other hand.

The international trend of privatizing public services also concerns the conservation of cultural heritage as a public value. It has become obvious that the States capacities as a safeguarder and provider of public services are, at least in financial terms, limited. This new situation is reflected in reduced funding support for conservation institutions.

In some cases, to cope with the rising costs of managing the increasing number of museums, heritage monuments, sites and the like, private investments and sponsorship are evidently providing necessary support. So far, the tendency of privatizing state-owned cultural heritage has resulted in an increase in the contracting out (outsourcing) of conservation projects to the private sector.

At all these levels, despite the high quality of individual project work that can result and the opportunities for the development of Public-Private-Partnership in this field, there are still some concerns about policies to be adopted.

List of Invited Speakers

- Wolfgang Kippes, Schlo Schnbrunn, Wien, Austria

- Jadran Antolović, State Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Croatia

- Claire Gerin-Pierre, C2RMF, Versailles, France

- Jrg Haspel, Landesamt fr Denkmalpflege, Berlin, Germany

- Michael Petzet, ICOMOS, Paris, France

- Stefano Baia Curioni, Istituto di Storia Economica, Milano, Italy

- May Shaer, Department of Antiquities, Amman, Jordan

- Alberto de Tagle, Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

- Terje M.Nypan, Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Oslo, Norway

- Julio Vargas-Neumann, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, Peru

- Mikhail Piotrovsky (to be confirmed), Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

- Bill Martin (to be confirmed), English Heritage, UK

- Barbara Appelbaum (to be confirmed), Appelbaum & Himmelstein, New York, USA

For further information please consult http://www.smb.museum/smb/forschung/details.php?objID=13957&lang=de&typeId=211&n=1

or contact

Eveline Weilert

Fax +49 30 / 3267 4912

Phone +49 30 / 3267 4919

E-Mail: e.weilert@smb.spk-berlin.de

Web-Site: www.smb.museum/rf



4th European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design EURAU08

Cultural Landscape

Madrid, Spain, 16 19 January 2008


The 4th European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design EURAU08 Cultural Landscape is organised by the Superior Technical School of Architecture of the Technical University of Madrid ETSAM/UPM, in collaboration with the National School of Further Education in Architecture of Marseille ENSA, the National Superior School of Further Education in Architecture and Landscape of Lille and the Association of Superior Institutes of the cities of Brussels-Lige-Mons IESA, with the support from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.


The EURAU program expresses the effort of a wide group of university teachers and researches, initially impelled by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, to promote meeting forums in Europe. The acronym EURAU describes a confluence of goals that motivate these events, EU for Europe, R for Research, A for Architecture and U for Urbanism. This new meeting is an effort to build upon the previous editions, which took place in Marseille in May 2004, about Considering the implementation of doctoral studies in Architecture, in Lille in November 2005 under the theme Considering space on a large scale and in Brussels in October 2006 about Architecture and Heritage. Dealing this time with Cultural Landscape, they intended to develop this theme in the European Universities, as well as in other countries of its geographical and cultural environment, especially in the Mediterranean and Iberoamerican areas.


Think about the new challenges of human landscape planning and establish hierarchical duties protocols for its management as cultural heritage.

Facilitate the exchange of experiences and the updating of knowledge between academicals and professionals about research related this concept.

Define the identity of the contemporary collective space, from its new economical, cultural and social tasks.

Encourage the acknowledgment of an immaterial heritage as a recognisable value that is showed in its material trace. Considered as such, it would be possible to fill it with contents to organize it as updated memory.

Use strategic activities such as tourism, leisure, education and culture for involving society in its appreciation and sustainability.

Promote a normative code of intervention for the remainings of the recent technological and industrial past, which bear a great material and symbolic value for the development of the European citizens.

Establish the criteria and research lines that would encourage the creation of an institutional engagements network to favour its understanding, conservation and viability management.

Program a schedule of the common actions referring to the future of Cultural Landscape.

For futher information consult : www.eurau08.com or email

e-mail: eurau-08.arquitectura@upm.es


6th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Construction
2-4 July 2008, Assembly Rooms, Bath, UK

Deadline for abstracts : 31 May 2007

The successful preservation of an historic building, complex or city, unless assigned to museum status, depends on its continued use and the daily care and maintenance that come with it. The possibility of continued use depends on the adaptation of the building to modern standards and practice of living which might require changes in some of the constructional or structural features of the building.

Conservation engineering can be defined as the process of understanding, interpreting and managing the architectural heritage to safely deliver it to posterity. The term safely embodies the assumption that the bodies and individuals responsible for the care of historic buildings will work towards ensuring maximum private or public utility vis a vis minimum loss of fabric and value.

The conflict between safety standards and conservation philosophy usually stems from the fact that not just the standards themselves, but the practice of achieving the standards, are based on, and refer to, modern materials, technologies and processes. An historic building is considered of value not only because of its age, but most importantly because of its uniqueness, its deviation from the norm and hence, to a certain extent, from what is standard. This constitutes the buildings significance or authenticity, a quality vital to conserve. With increasing global interest in conservation worldwide it is essential to open the debate on more inclusive definitions of significance and on more articulated concepts for safety and for acceptable and reliable technologies, in an attempt to reconcile and integrate further the activity of all the professions involved in conservation.

The main aim of this conference is to promote this debate on an international scale, by the exchange of knowledge and approaches among researchers and practitioners in the different professions involved in conservation and from diverse cultural backgrounds.

For more information see : web site : http://conference.bath.ac.uk/sahc08/


SAHC '08
University of Bath
Department of Architecture
and Civil Engineering
Bath BA2 7AY

Tel 1: +44 1225 386537

Tel 2: +44 1225 383016

Fax: +44 1225 386691

e-mail SAHC '08

With the support of ICOMOS UK and the participation in the Advisory and Scientific Committees of several members of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH)


Modernism at Risk - a World Monuments Fund Program

Only decades after their design and construction, great works of Modern architecture are being lost to neglect, deterioration, and demolition. While the issue of preserving Modern landmarks is gaining prominence in public discourse, the threats they face continue to grow.

To address these threats, the World Monuments Fund launched Modernism at Risk, an advocacy and conservation program, in 2006 with founding support from Knoll.

Program highlights include:

Innovative design solutions to save Modern buildings slated for demolition.

Financial assistance for selected conservation projects at endangered Modern landmarks.
Exhibitions and lectures developed in collaboration with museums and educational institutions to raise public awareness and combat the public apathy that threatens so many Modern structures.

The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, to be awarded biennially, to a designer or design firm in recognition of projects that preserve Modern landmarks and raise public awareness of their importance in the context of our architectural heritage.

The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize will be awarded biennially, beginning in 2008, to a design professional or firm in recognition of an innovative design solution that preserves or enhances a Modern landmark. The Prize may be awarded for an individual project or body of work and is intended to raise awareness of the influential role that Modernism plays in our architectural heritage. The jury will be composed of five members, including representatives of WMF and Knoll and three professionals chosen jointly by the WMF and Knoll from the fields of architecture, journalism, and related areas.

To submit a nomination, please send WMF:

A narrative description (up to 500 words) of the Modern landmarks significance and of the project or body of work that preserves and enhances the landmark.
Name and contact information of the nominator and of the design professional or firm being nominated.
Six photos of the Modern landmark (three before and three after).
Other relevant information (e.g. news articles, reviews, etc).

Request Assistance

If you would like to request assistance for a site, you must submit a Request for Assistance (RFA). If you would like receive an RFA by mail, please call +1 646 424-9594 or write wmf@wmf.org.

Requests for Assistance are accepted on a rolling basis. All requests are evaluated for compatibility with WMF's mission and priorities as well as available funding sources. Projects determined to be eligible for funding or technical assistance through WMF programs will be notified. Incomplete applications are not considered.

Electronic submissions are preferred, but hard copies of applications and printed images or slides are accepted. Please note WMF's image requirements (described in Part II of the RFA).

You may also nominate a site to the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites.

WMF supports planning, documentation, and conservation implementation projects at a wide variety of sites around the world. Generally, WMF does not support rebuilding, anastylosis, or ongoing maintenance. WMF does not support archaeological excavation, conservation of movable objects, or sites that are privately owned.


Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Newsletter (see attached)

Attached please find this years first edition of the AAHM Newsletter. We would like to thank those who submitted news and articles for their contributions. Please print and post this newsletter to allow all staff, students and other interested parties to read it. The secretariat is now accepting articles, news, research announcements and events for our next issue. Please submit all items to asian-academy@unescobkk.org.

We look forward to continued co-operation with our members and to receiving input from our readers.

Best regards,


Asian Academy for Heritage Management

For more information, please refer to our website: www.unescobkk.org/culture/asian-academy


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