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The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) works through its International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-century heritage (ISC20C) to promote the identification, conservation and presentation of Twentieth-century heritage places. The committee is multidisciplinary. It encourages younger members to participate in specific projects and works in partnerships with relevant regional and international organisations such as UAI, TICCIH and Docomomo. ICOMOS is an international conservation non-government organisation of conservation professionals which acts as UNESCO's adviser on cultural heritage and the World Heritage Convention. Through its 90 national committees and 28 International Scientific Committees, ICOMOS can engage a wide range of participants in the promotion and protection of the heritage places of the Twentieth-century. ISC200C considers that it is the mid to late Twentieth-century places that are most at risk, through lack of recognition, conservation and celebration and co-ordinates a range of projects, conferences, declarations and publications to address these issues.


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ISC20C Annual Meeting 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Currently, the International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage is planning to host its annual meeting on November 2,2015 to be held in conjunction with the upcoming ASEAN Conference, roudtable and excursion program entitled, Conservation Action Priorities for Twentieth Century Heritage. The Conference and excursion program will be supported by the Japan Foundation and will be held in conjuction with representative organizations ICOMOS ISC on Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C), Docomomo International, and the Modern Architecture Asia Network (mAAn).

Below please find the updated preliminary Schedule. For those interested, participants can make a booking at the Hotel Wing International which is conveniently located next to the conference, events and meetings.  Bookings can be made directly through the website.  Details are as follows:

Hotel Wing International Tokyo-Yotsuya

Yotsuya 3-14-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Prefecture, 160-0004 Japan

Tel: +81-3-3356-2111

Fax: +81-3-3356-2113

Website: http://yotsuya.hotelwingjapan.com/ 

Email: yot@hotelwing.co.jp


Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.




Conservation Action Priorities for Twentieth Century Heritage

Sharing experience of ASEAN Countries and Japan


(October 31 – November 2, 2015) : Tokyo, Japan


October 30, 2015      

Arrivals:  Briefing


October 31, 2015


Meet at Main Conference Hotel  (to be announced shortly)

Excursion I   (Yokohama, Kamakura, Tokyo)

1) Kanagawa Prefectural Library and Music Hall <1954 Kunio Mayekawa>

2) The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura main building and new building <1951 Junzo Sakakura>




Excursion I - continued

3) Nakagin Capsule Tower <1972 Kisho Kurokawa>

4) Tokyo Station <1914 Kingo Tatsuno>

5) Myonichikan, Jiyu Gakuen <1921 Frank Lloyd Wright>



Welcome Party at Myonichikan, Jiyu Gakuen


November 1, 2015    


International Roundtable Meeting at National Museum of Western Art

Opening Speech:


Twentieth Century Heritage in ASEAN Countries and Japan

Hiroshi Matsukuma, Chair, DOCOMOMO Japan

Yukio Nishimura, President, ICOMOS Japan

The Japan Foundation



Reception Party at Seiyoken (10 mins walk from National Museum of Western Art)



November 2, 2015    


ICOMOS ISC 20C annual meeting at Tokyo Bunkakaikan Meeting Hall

DOCOMOMO International meeting at Tokyo Bunkakaikan Meeting Room 2

Poster Session at Tokyo Bunkakaikan Small Meeting Room 2




Excursion II (Tokyo)

1) Tokyo Bunka Kaikan <1961 Kunio Mayekawa>

2) National Archives of Modern Architecture <2013 Tadao Ando>

3) St. Mary’s Cathedral (Tokyo Cathedral) < 1964 Kenzo Tange>

4) National Yoyogi Gymnasiums <1964 Kenzo Tange>

5) The International House of Japan  <1955 Kunio Mayekawa, Junzo Sakakura, Junzo Yoshimura>



Reception Party at the International House of Japan in Tokyo


November 3, 2015



International Congress Center (ICC), Berlin, Germany


September 12, 2015

The ICC Berlin is a landmark of former West Berlin. Its relevance has long been accepted by the scientific community in Germany. Important institutions (the Architectural Association of Berlin, the Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland, the Monument Council of Berlin, the Association of Conservationists in Germany) have argued publicly for the listing of the ICC.

Based on these regional and national activities ICOMOS expressed the international appreciation by adopting a resolution at the General Assembly of ICOMOS in Florence in November 2014. The basis of this resolution was a 17-page ICOMOS Heritage Alert prepared by ICOMOS Germany. It consists of a detailed description that, similar to a justification for listing, addresses all major aspects of the building and its monument value: From its historic value as testimony to the Cold War to the largely authentic state of conservation, the Heritage Alert characterises the building’s architectural-historical value and also names the organisations supporting the Alert. The resolution sums up the central points of the Alert.



For more information, please visit weblink:  http://www.icomos-isc20c.org/id3.html  
Shukhov Tower, Moscow, Russia
March 16, 2014

One of the leading International organizations for the protection of 20th Century Cultural Heritage – the International Council on Monuments and Sites International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ICOMOS ISC20C) and the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural heritage (ISCARSH), wishes to express its concern regarding the alarming situation now facing the future of Shukhov Radio Tower, designed by Vladimir Shukhov in 1919-1922, in Moscow, Russia.  The unique structure is a globally famous masterpiece of the 20th Century, showcasing Russian engineering skills and architecture, yet it is threated with dismantling and removal.
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Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism
May 8, 2014

The ISC on 20th Century Heritage recently initiated a project to invite ICOMOS members to identify the different forms of tangible and intangible heritage of socialism, an important testimony of 20th Century heritage which may indeed represent internationally outstanding values. Recognising that 20th Century heritage is underrepresented on the UNESCO World Heritage List, ISC20C aims to stimulate discussion and debate and specifically to consider the potential significance of socialist heritage in Europe. This may include updating national tentative lists for World Heritage nominations by assessing and supporting the listing of significant places representing the “Socialist Heritage“ or by co-operating through multinational networks of post-socialist countries to consider the potential of a transnational serial nomination to the World Heritage List.

ICOMOS members generally and especially the National Committees in Central and Eastern Europe in post-socialist countries have been invited to initiate local and national identification, conservation, interpretation, listing and protection activities for significant landmarks of socialism as an important heritage layer which testifies of the social, political and cultural milieu of the Cold War in a divided Europe and represents the achievements and conditions of life of the post-war generation for future generations.ICOMOS Germany in its Journal of the German National Committee, vol. LVIII, Berlin 2013 (ISBN 978-3-930388-90-5), entitled “Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism. World Heritage Proposals from Central and Eastern Europe” publishes the documentation of the European ICOMOS expert meeting held in Warsaw, 14-15 April 2013 to explore the feasibility of an international serial nomination of 20th Century monuments and sites in post-socialist countries for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With this publication the editors wish to take stock of a multi-national cooperation and publication project initiated by ICOMOS in 2010 and supported by ISC20C. Due to the ongoing threats to the architectural and horticultural heritage of the post-war decades everywhere in Europe, in particular the architectural monuments and ensembles in the post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, ICOMOS Poland and ICOMOS Germany initiated an international exchange of experience on how to preserve the architectural heritage of the post-war period.  Architectural monuments of the so-called Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism being the focus of these contributions.

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