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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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ICOMOS International Scientific Conference:  

Modern Heritage - Identifying, Assessing and Managing its Protection and Conservation 

Conference dates:  March 10 - 13, 2016.

Conference Venue:  Palazzo Coppini,  Via del Giglio, 10, Florence, Italy


The conference promoters:

  • International Scientific Committee for Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration
  • International Scientific Committee Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C)
  • Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco-Life Beyond Tourism

The Theory Committee has proposed that a joint ISC meeting to further discuss and elaborate on key issues concerning the protection and management of modern heritage should be timely in Europe.  

These issues include but are not limited to the following:

  • Typology and terminology of the heritage of the 20th century, including 'dark heritage' of war and dictatorships 
  • Criteria of selection of the heritage of the 20th century  
  • Evaluation of mass/ serial production and of standardized products of the 20th century  
  • The Value of Thematic HIstoric Frameworks  
  • Approaches in the conservation of 20th century heritage   
  • Forms of protection of monuments and sites, including spacious urban, industrial and cultural landscape heritage areas of the 20th century  
  • What constitutes excellent examples of protection/ adaptation/ conservation of the heritage of the 20th century heritage

Elaboration of the above-mentioned issues by a joint conference of ISC20C and the ISC Theory Committee members will assist in the development of efficient protection of the modern heritage of the 20th and 21st centuries.

For more details including registration details and paper proposal submissions, please see link below.

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Heritage Alerts !

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.



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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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