Save the Date: Conference "Monuments and Sites de-colonial! Methods and Strategies of Dealing with the Architectural Heritage of the German Colonial Era" (Munich, 3-4 November 2023)
"Monuments and Sites de-colonial!" will be dealing with the architectural relics of the German colonial era and investigating post-colonial strategies of appropriation and critical communication regarding these buildings.Read more
Results of the ICOMOS Summer School 2023 "Coastal Heritage in Climate Change"
The results of the working groups that were formed during the Summer School 2023 are now available and can be viewed here.Read more
ICOMOS Student Competition 2023 1960+ / Pleas for the Preservation of Postmodern Buildings
The student competition 1960+ / Postmodernism will be focusing on the undogmatic creations of postmodernism. Students of architecture, interior design, urban planning, art history, restoration, archaeology, or other heritage-related disciplines are invited to use a postmodernist building of their own choice to either investigate its heritage qualities and values or to develop strategies for its (further) use, renovation or communication.
Photo: Groningen Museum (Alessandro Mendini, Michele De Lucchi, Philippe Starck, Coop Himmelb(l)au), (C) Ralph Richter
24 June / 1 July, online -- ICOMOS Summer School "Coastal Heritage in Climate Change"
Inspired by this year's UIA motto “Leave No One Behind” we aim to kickstart an open intercultural exchange to reflect on effective measures to protect cultural heritage in coastal regions affected by climate change.Read more
27 April, online -- Pecha Kucha Night: "How can Global Cities Reach Housing Affordability?"
Open Call for Participation
The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” focuses on how the needs of conservation as well as development requirements can be managed in the urban context. How can historically developed urban fabrics/structures or singular buildings withstand the pressure for change from e.g. the real estate industry or housing demands?
Brief Report on Workshop "Socialist Modernism in Central and Eastern Europe" now online
On the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites 2023, the Max Lingner Foundation and ICOMOS Germany drew attention to the heritage of the "second socialist modernism" (1955 to 1990) in architecture and urban planning and organised a workshop in Berlin from 18-20 April with lectures, tours and excursions.Read more
3-5 April, Cottbus -- EP Workshop "Socialist Architecture of the GDR, The Stadthalle Cottbus"
The Emerging Professionals Group of ICOMOS Germany is organizing a three-day student workshop entitled "Socialist Architecture of the GDR, Stadthalle Cottbus". It will take place 3-5 April 2023 at the BTU in Cottbus.
Please see the attachment for more information and application criteria.
Conference "Erich Mendelsohn - Architecture of Dialogue" (Haifa/Israel, 22-23 March 2023)
PEKA Gallery, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Haifa
The programme can be found here.
If you wish to participate on site, please fill out the registration form:
To receive the link for the live online broadcast, please use the following link:
(Photo: Mikaela Burstow)
Video Recordings of the Conference "Architectural Monuments in Conflicts and Disasters – Prevention/Intervention/Recovery"
The video recordings of the conference in Leipzig on 25 November 2022 can now be watched.Read more
25 November 2022, Leipzig & online -- Conference: Architectural Monuments in Conflicts and Disasters - Prevention / Intervention / Recovery
A conference organised by ICOMOS Germany, the German Archaeological Institute, the German UNESCO Commission, and Blue Shield Germany.Read more
24 November 2022, Leipzig -- Conference: World.Heritage.Climate - World Heritage Sites and their Contribution to a Sustainable, Climate-conscious Development
The conference is dedicated to showing synergies between the climate protection goals of the young generation and World Heritage sites in order to think World Heritage into the future together with the young generation as well as to jointly conceive project ideas for a sustainable, climate-conscious development.
(Photo: Reconstruction of a historic park & climate resilience strategies, WHS Muskauer Park/Park Mużakowski [Copyright European Heritage Volunteers, Projekt 2022])
15 September 2022, Zoom conference: German Challenges for Climate Science and Heritage - a response to the International Expert Meeting in December 2021 from UNESCO-ICOMOS-IPCC
Goal of the event: The follow-up event to the German Expert-Workshop in support of the UNESCO-ICOMOS-IPCC meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change aims to bring together climate and cultural heritage experts from multiple German research institutions as part of a wider initiative to bridge the two fields of study. The meeting intends to present an overview of the three commissioned White Papers from the International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage, and Climate Change (ICSM CHC) that took place in December 2021. These papers reviewed the state of cultural heritage and climate knowledge developed to date in terms of knowledge systems, impacts, and solutions. By presenting the results of the December event, it is hoped to identify how these findings can be important for the German-speaking country.
More information here
Results of the workshop now available: Heritage in the Shadow of Conflict – ICOMOS Online Summer School 2022
In conflict situations, uncertainty and unease shape the perception of the future. Reality begins to melt away, like a sandcastle being pulled into the sea by a wave. As cultural practitioners and future professionals in the field of heritage conservation, we are always confronted with a world of constant change and transformation. But rapid (threat of) destruction shocks and overwhelms. Informed decisions need to be made quickly. What is of value? What methods are needed to protect? How should we proceed to implement these methods? How do we rebuild after man-made destruction?Read more
Call for Participants: Heritage in the Shadow of Conflict – ICOMOS Online Summer School 2022 (24–25 June and 1 July 2022)
In conflict situations, uncertainty and unease shape the perception of the future. Reality begins to melt away, like a sandcastle being pulled into the sea by a wave. As cultural practitioners and future professionals in the field of heritage conservation, we are always confronted with a world of constant change and transformation. But rapid (threat of) destruction shocks and overwhelms. Informed decisions need to be made quickly. What is of value? What methods are needed to protect? How should we proceed to implement these methods? How do we rebuild after man-made destruction?
21-22 March 2022, Berlin -- Erich Mendelsohn Symposium
The two-day symposium will take place at the Berlin Chamber of Architects, the former building of the metalworkers' union in Berlin (Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin), realised by Erich Mendelsohn in 1928-30. On the occasion of the 135th birthday of Erich Mendelsohn on 21 March 2022, there will be a cinema evening with films about the life and work of Erich Mendelsohn.
The programme can be found on the Conference Website as well as in the conference flyer.
Please also have a look at the new Erich Mendelsohn Initiative Circle Website and at the review of the conference by Ulf Meyer.
(Photo: Building of the metalworkers' union, 1930, Bundesarchiv 102-10620)
Final Report of the Workshop "Monument Protection and Climate Change" and Appeal
Here you will find the report of the workshop "Monument Protection and Climate Change" of 9 July 2021, prepared by Constanze Fuhrmann (DBU), Dorothee Boesler (ICOMOS) and Joerg Haspel (ICOMOS) with the assistance of Dörthe Hellmuth, Franziska Lang and Bernd Vollmar (all ICOMOS). The results of the workshop were also made available in an English-language preliminary version to the participants of the "ICOMOS-IPCC-UNESCO Co-Sponsored Meeting" in mid-December 2021.Read more
Video Recordings of Conference "Water Heritage - a Source of Knowledge for Sustainable Development"
The video recordings of the conference are now available in the original English and translated French version.Read more
ICOMOS Student Competition 2021: 1960 plus – Brutalism
In 2021, the biennial student competition organised by ICOMOS Germany with partner organisations will again be dedicated to the young heritage after 1960. This time, the focus is on béton brut architecture, i.e. exposed concrete buildings that are "raw" in the literal sense of the word, and other testimonies to so-called Brutalism.
The submission deadline is September 27, 2021, and students of architecture, interior design, urban planning, art history, restoration, archaeology or other disciplines relevant to monuments are invited to participate. The competition documents are:
- a detailed description (in German)
- a shorter poster version in English
Now in English: Video Recordings of the conference "To Be Or Not To Be. Historic Theatre Buildings: Use and Modernisation"
The presentations given at the conference on 16 and 17 September 2021 as well as the concluding discussion were subsequently interpreted and are now available for the first time as English video recordings.Read more
22-23 July 2021, Kazanlak (Bulgaria) -- Conference: In Restauro. Post-War Heritage of Art and Architecture in Central and Eastern Europe. Integrated Approaches to Dissonant Monuments and Sites
The event is prompted by the successfully completed projects "Conservation Management Plan" and "Emergency Mosaics' Stabilization for Buzludzha Monument" in Bulgaria. The conference will include other conservation and restoration projects on post-war modernism in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as comparable examples funded by the Getty Foundation under the "Keeping it Modern" initiative, which started in 2014 and ended in 2020.
For more information on the conference see the Conference Flyer
as well as the exposé, the press release and the Recommendations adopted at the conference.
Continuation of online event series: Context, Contrast, Continuity - Heritage Conservation and Urban Development
The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” focuses on how the needs of conservation as well as development requirements can be managed in the urban context. How can historically developed urban fabrics/structures or singular buildings withstand the pressure for change from e.g. the real estate industry or housing demands? What can be done by the City’s administration, politicians and society to protect its cultural heritage? How can existing buildings be integrated into the ongoing development and possibly be adapted to the new standards of living of our era? Researchers and professionals from Israel as well as Germany will address and discuss these and similar questions.The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” is a cooperation of the Liebling Haus- White City Center (Tel Aviv Yafo), the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the ernst-may-gesellschaft (Frankfurt am Main) and ICOMOS Deutschland. It forms part of the 40th anniversary of the City Partnership Frankfurt Tel Aviv.
More information about the series of lectures can be found here.
Online BarCamp #DiversifyHeritage! 27 February 2021
Following the successful first BarCamp #ClaimingHeritage! which took place on 5 October 2019, AG2020 invites you to a next BarCamp: #DiversifyHeritage! will take place on 27 February 2021 and will be held online. We're looking forward to active participants and contributions!Read more
Online Symposium: ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORLD HERITAGE SITES - CROSS-BORDER CONSERVATION, COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION (Leipzig, 5-6 November 2020)
On the occasion of the Federal Republic's six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July – December 2020), the planned conference will focus on archaeological World Heritage sites in Europe, the protection and preservation of which can only be guaranteed by the European states and their neighbours together.
(Fig.: World Heritage Site Haithabu and Danewerk; photo: Conny Fehre, Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein)
Diversify/Decolonize Heritage: Summary of the Kick-off Workshop, 19th July 2020
Many organizations that deal with architecture or cultural heritage have already actively engaged in the ongoing debate on decolonizing and diversifying heritage. As a globally active organization, ICOMOS has an obligation to deal with this matter, apart from individual statements of some National Committees and Working Groups. This context prompted the kick-off workshop hosted by EPWG (Emerging Professional Working Group) and the ICOMOS Germany AG2020 Working Group on 19 July 2020 with participation of 40 members from a broad range of National Committees and International Scientific Committees.
13-14 July 2020 Online Conference: Promoting Europe's Cultural Heritage and Diversity - Who? How? With Whom?
The European online conference will focus on recommendations and selection criteria of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) for the sustainable promotion of cultural heritage by the European Union and its Member States.Read more
Until 30 June 2019: CALL FOR POSTERS "Olympic Follies"
Student Poster Session at the International Conference "The Heritage of the Modern Olympic Games.
Historic Sports Facilities between Conservation and Conversion." Munich, November 7–9, 2019
More details can be found in the attachment.
Photo: Media Line by Hans Hollein, Olympic Village Munich (© Katarzyna Juszczyszyn, 2019)
Conference: The Modern Heritage of the Olympic Games (Munich, 7-8 November 2019)
In 2020, the Olympic Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, for which buildings of the venue for the Games of 1964 will also be used.Read more
BarCamp #ClaimingHeritage in Berlin, 5 October 2019
Our cultural heritage is multi-faceted, diverse and individual. A rich selection of places is protec- ted in order to preserve them and give them a future. But this selection often does not represent the values and interests of all.Read more
Until September 27, 2019: ICOMOS Student Competition 2019 "60plus - Subway and Traffic Constructions"
Pleas for the Preservation of Subway and Traffic Facilities of the Post-war Period
With the student competition, the organisers wish to continue the ICOMOS student competitions of 2015 "from 60 to 90" and 2017 "60plus XXL" and this time focus on the subway and traffic facilities of the post-war period. Analytical contributions on the significance, function and redevelopment or modernisation and transformation of listed traffic facilities are possible as well as conceptual contributions with proposals for conservation, restoration or conservation renewal and re-use.
Details of the call for contributions can be found in the annex (in German).
20-23 February 2019, Berlin -- Conference "Underground Architecture Revisited"
Architecture of modernity below ground. The international EYCH conference Underground Architecture Revisited will focus on the architectural design of underground stations of the second half of the 20th century in Europe.Read more
8-9 November 2018, Leipzig -- Conference "A Future for our Recent Past"
From 8-9 November 2018 ICOMOS Germany and ICOMOS Russia will be holding a conference together at the denkmal Fair in Leipzig. The topic is "A Future for Our Recent Past. Model Projects of Modern Heritage Conservation in Europe".
More details on the contents can be found in the Flyer.
A registration is not required; there is no conference fee.
9 November 2018, Leipzig -- Conference: "World Heritage: Places for Building Capacities and Lifelong Learning in Europe”
To ensure the implementation of the World Heritage Convention by enhancing knowledge and increasing awareness within civil society is both a continuous task and a challenge. Therefore, the Saxon State Ministry of the Interior, the Institute for Industrial Archaeology and History of Science and Technology (TU Bergakademie Freiberg), the German Commission for UNESCO, ICOMOS Germany and the Institute Heritage Studies Berlin wish to continue the exchange between World Heritage experts and civil society initiated in 2016 and invite you to the international conference "World Heritage: Places for Building Capacities and Lifelong Learning in Europe” on 9 November 2018.
Information on registration and the conference programme is included in the attached Flyer.
Contact: Friederike Hansell, Saxon World Heritage Coordination, email: email@example.com
Press Release and Review of Conference "Iron Curtain and Green Belt" (Berlin, 17-19 June 2018)
Iron Curtain and Green Belt – Networks and Cooperation Perspectives for a European Border Landscape
A conference organised by ICOMOS Germany, the Berlin Wall Foundation, the Berlin Heritage Conservation Authority, the Brandenburg Heritage Conservation Authority, IUCN, and other partners.
This conference was part of the programme for the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH).
Please read the press release disseminated after the conference.
Read also the review of the conference in: Die Denkmalpflege, 2/2018 (in German)
(Picture credit: Lara Dehnst)
17-18 April 2018, Mainz -- Conference: "Authenticity and Continuity"
On the Cultural Significance of Rebuilt Monuments (working title)
Conference on authenticity and continuity in the World Heritage context as well as on the question to what extent intangible authenticity concepts exist.
Organised by the Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz and ICOMOS Germany.
For further information about the programme and registration please see the attached file.
(Photo: Rebuilt synagogue in Worms; R. Uhrig)
24 June 2018, Berlin -- Berliner Denkmalsalon "Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe"
Venue: Jüdische Gemeinde Berlin, Oranienburger Str. 28-31, 10117 Berlin, 6 to 9 pm.
Evening event of ICOMOS Germany together with the Berlin Heritage Conservation Authority, Berlin's Jewish Community and the Centrum Judaicum Berlin on the occasion of the European Cultural Heritage Summit. Presentation of an international comparative study on Jewish Metropolitan Cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe, prepared by Prof. Rudolf Klein, Budapest.
This event is a contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Further information can be found under: https://sharingheritage.de/veranstaltungen/juedische-friedhoefe-des-19-und-20-jahrhunderts-in-mittel-und-osteuropa-2/
5-7 November 2017, Schwerin -- Conference "Palace - City - Garden. The Residence as Historic Cultural Landscape"
Together with various partners, ICOMOS Germany will be hosting the third Schwerin World Heritage conference from 5-7 November, the title of the conference being "Schloss - Stadt - Garten. Die Residenz als historische Kulturlandschaft" ("Palace - City - Garden. The Residence as Historic Cultural Landscape").
Please find here information about the programme and the registration.
Photo: Volker Koehn, erlebnis-mv.de