Online Journals: New issues available

- Rivista SITI: Trimestrale di politica ed attualità culturale. n° 3 Luglio/Settembre 2008 - (Download / Télécharger / Descargar)

- ARX : Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification. N° 6, May 2008
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- Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. Vol. 1, n° 1, 2008
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ICOMOS France: New publication

"Un patrimoine commun en méditerranée: Fortifications de l'époque des croisades". Published by ICOMOS France.


New publications online

- Papers of the International Conference "Museums and the Web 2008", Montreal, Canada, April 9-12 2008 (See the selected papers)

- "Heritage tourism in Australia: a guide for historical societies" by Dr Dianne Snowden. Published by the Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS).Download the publication

- Second meeting of CIVVIH-ICOMOS for the Mediterranean in Corfu (April 18-20, 2008): The documentation and the resolutions are available online

- New ICCROM publication: "Sharing Conservation Decisions: lessons learnt from an ICCROM course", edited by Rosalia Varoli Piazza. Download the publication


New ICOMOS publication: Heritage at Risk 2006-2007: ICOMOS World Report on Monuments and Sites in Danger

Heritage at Risk 2006-2007: ICOMOS World Report on Monuments and Sites in Danger
The new World Report 2006/2007 on Monuments and Sites in Danger provides a broad spectrum of threats in the different regions of the world. Apart from 40 National Reports there are also current reports on cross-national topics, such as endangered rock paintings in North Africa and Australia, threats to vernacular architecture or to our archaeological heritage. Many of the threats discussed in the previous Heritage at Risk reports still exist, for instance dam projects in Turkey or threats to cultural heritage caused by military conflicts in Iraq and the Near East. Often conservation concerns are being sacrificed for purely commercial interests. This is being demonstrated for example by skyscraper projects in St Petersburg, Prague, Istanbul or Vienna exceeding all traditional dimensions or by the disfigurement of historic town quarters and cultural landscapes in countries such as Hungary, Romania or Moldova.

For the first time, the World Report 2006/2007 also contains a number of studies dealing with the effects of the worldwide climate change on our cultural heritage. Case studies demonstrate how different world regions, for instance the Canadian coastline, the Antarctic and Southern Europe, are already affected by climate change. Being aware of this interaction between natural and cultural heritage, ICOMOS has increased its commitment in Brazil by recently declaring the tropical rainforest of Amazonia a "monument of nature".

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The Intangible Heritage Messenger - Newsletter n° 9, June 2008

The last issue of the Intanbible Heritage Messenger (N° 9, June 2008), the newsletter of the UNESCO Culture Sector - Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), is available on their website.
English - Français - Español

Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage - General Assembly of the States Parties

The second session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place from 16 to 19 June 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters.

La deuxième session de l'Assemblée générale des États parties à la Convention pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel immatériel aura lieu du 16 au 19 juin 2008 au Siège de l'UNESCO.

La segunda reunión de la Asamblea General de Estados Partes en la Convención para la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial tendrá lugar del 16 al 19 de junio de 2008 en la Sede de la UNESCO

More information in the UNESCO Culture Sector - Intangible heritage website


ICCROM - New PDF document online

ARC Laboratory Handbook. Ernesto Borrelli and Andrea Urland, 1999. ICCROM. Book

The handbook is intended to assist professionals working in the field of conservation of architectural heritage, historic structures and materials. Prepared principally for architects and engineers, it may also be relevant for conservator-restorers, archaeologists and others. It is structured as follows: Vol. 1: Introduction, Vol. 2: Porosity, Vol. 3: Salts, Vol. 4: Binders, Vol. 5: Colour specification and measurement

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Source: ICCROM Website


UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Policy document on the impacts of climate change on World Heritage Properties

The "Policy document on the impacts of climate change on World Heritage properties", adopted by the 16th General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, has been published in English and French.

The document was prepared with the participation of relevant climate change experts and practitioners of heritage conservation and management, appropriate international organizations and civil society, and was also endorsed by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

The document touches on synergies between conventions on the issue; identification of future research needs in this area, legal questions on the role of the World Heritage Convention with regard to suitable responses to Climate Change, and linkages to other UN and international bodies dealing with the issues of climate change.

The document can be downloaded below and elsewhere on this website. A printed copy can be requested by writing to wh-info@unesco.org.

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Parution du document d'orientation sur le changement climatique et les sites du patrimoine mondial

Le « Document d'orientation sur les impacts du changement climatique sur les biens du patrimoine mondial » adopté par la 16è Assemblée générale des Etats parties à la Convention du patrimoine mondial a été publié en anglais et en français.

Ce document a été préparé avec la participation d'experts en changement climatique et de praticiens de la conservation et la gestion du patrimoine, ainsi que la contribution d'organisations internationales appropriées et de la société civile. Il a été avalisé par le Comité du patrimoine mondial lors de sa 31è session en 2007.

Ce document traite des synergies existant entre les différentes conventions sur cette question, de l'identification des futurs besoins dans le domaine de la recherche, des questions juridiques sur le rôle de la Convention du patrimoine mondial en regard des réponses adéquates face au changement climatique, et des liens avec les autres organes des Nations Unies et organismes internationaux traitant de cette problématique.

Le document peut être téléchargé en cliquant sur le lien ci-dessous. Un exemplaire peut également être demandé en écrivant à wh-info@unesco.org

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Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre website


New ICCROM publication - PDF

The Role of Architecture in Preventive Conservation. Franciza Toledo, 2006. ICCROM. Report.

ICCROM Fellowship report that discusses the climate responsiveness of historic and modern buildings, especially when reused for museum purposes, and how these buildings can be designed or adapted using architectural solutions to provide passive climate control for the preventive conservation of museum, library and archive collections. The use of forced ventilation is also described. Presents extensive documentation from the PREMA course, especially as related to the design and improvement of museum storage facilities in Africa.

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ICOMOS News, Vol. 17, n° 1, June 2008

The last issue of ICOMOS News Volume 17, n° 1 June 2008 has just been published and sent out to all the ICOMOS members.


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Welcome to the blog of the UNESCO-ICOMOS Documentation Centre.
With this blog we intend to provide information to the international community in the field of conservation of cultural heritage about new publications, documentation, bibliographic resources, etc.
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Avec ce blog nous avons l'intention de fournir de l'information à la communauté scientifique internationale dans le domaine de la conservation du patrimoine culturel sur des nouvelles publications, documentation, information bibliographique, etc.
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