Prepare April 18th, 2011: the Cultural Heritage of Water

Prepare the International Day for Monuments and Sites !
18 April is only in four weeks...

In response to a proposal by ICOMOS, 18 April was designated as The International Day for Monuments and Sites by UNESCO in 1982. Each year a theme is selected to help focus the celebration and promotion of cultural heritage across the world. The aim is to explore cultural heritage beyond the select group of sites on the World Heritage List and to encourage local communities and individuals to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities. The theme agreed for 2011 is the ‘Cultural Heritage of Water’.

Find out more about 18 April 2011 by clicking here


New tool: "Preparing World Heritage Nominations (First Edition, 2010)"


- English version: Preparing World Heritage Nominations (First Edition, 2010)
- Version française : Établir une proposition d'inscription au patrimoine mondial (Première édition, 2010)

The World Heritage Resource Manual Series

Since the World Heritage Convention was adopted in 1972, the World Heritage List has continually evolved and is growing steadily. With this growth, a critical need has emerged for guidance for States Parties on the implementation of the Convention. Various expert meetings and results of the periodic reporting process have identified the need for more focused training and capacity development in specific areas where States Parties and World Heritage site managers require greater support. The development of this series of World Heritage Resource Manuals is a response to this need.

The publication of the series is a joint undertaking by the three Advisory Bodies of the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN ) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as the Secretariat of the Convention.

The aim of this Resource Manual is to help States Parties to achieve good quality World Heritage nominations.
The Advisory Bodies consider that there are a few underlying basic principles which should underpin all good nominations to ensure that the most appropriate properties are nominated, properties are represented as effectively as possible within nominations, and the nomination process itself contributes to protection, conservation and effective management of natural and cultural heritage.

Text source: World Heritage Centre


New ICOMOS Bibliography: Vernacular architecture

UNESCO-ICOMOS Documentation Centre has just released a new bibliography on Vernacular architecture.

You can download it from this page.

If any reference is of interest to you, don't hesitate to contact us at documentation[at]icomos.org


Cultural Heritage of water - An interesting series

ICOMOS Documentation Centre has recently received a volume of the series Acquae: Studi e testi sulle terme ("Studies and texts on Spas")

This collection is of particular interest in view of the World Heritage Day in 2011 (18 April), whose theme "The cultural heritage of water".

Volumes available:

* SEGRETI DELLE ACQUE: Studi e immagini sui bagni seco li XIV-XIX
These essays on literature related to balneology vary in themes and environmental settings, cultural moments and experiences: Ugolino Caccini and Francesco Casini, two medieval doctors; a letter Poggio Bracciolini wrote from Baden in 1416; the 16th-century collection «De balneis»; balneology in Europe and the figurative arts; Montaigne’s travels; the life of Girolamo Vasari, a government official from Florence; the thermal baths of Contursi, near Salerno, and other thermal sites in the early 19th century.
Aquae. Studi e testi sulle terme, vol. 1
2007, cm 17 ¥ 24, x-174 pp. con 5 figg. n.t. € 23,00
[isbn 978 88 222 5698 0]

«L’acqua non è mai la stessa»: Le acque nella tradizione culturale dell’Asia
The volume offers a series of images and reflections on the relationship between water and cultural tradition in China, India and Japan, as well as considerations on a rich literary and artistic production spanning centuries. The use of water corresponds to spiritual and material needs, symbolising purity and harmony: therefore ritual immersions often take place in suggestive environments that have a strong impact on the spirit.

Aquae, vol. 2
2009, cm 17 ¥ 24, xiv-228 pp. € 24,00
[isbn 978 88 222 5815 1]

* Michel de Montaigne e il termalismo
The ten contributions gather interdisciplinary analyses on the how’s and why’s of Montaigne’s interest in thermal practices. In their consideration, they associate history of literature and history of medicine, with particular attention to documents of the era, to evidence of readings and readers, to uses and customs; and also to six and seventeenth-century studies on thermal baths, to the practice of ‘travel’ for curative purposes, to habits, hopes and disenchanted looks of travellers and of the travelling Montaigne.
Aquae. Studi e testi sulle terme, vol. 3
2010, m 17 ¥ 24, x-190 pp. con 6 figg. n.t. € 20,00
[isbn 978 88 222 5965 3]

* Territori delle acque. Esperienze e teorie in Italia e in Inghilterra nell'Ottocento.
The volume presents a number of significant approaches to the issue of water in Italy and England during the 19th century. The use of Lombard water for agriculture and transport celebrated by Cantù and Cattaneo as well as Tommasi-Crudeli’s wish for an efficient monitoring of urban drainage, find correspondence in Marshall’s proposal for a water inventory as part of national wealth and in Howard’s ample use of recreational waters for his garden city. The texts by Marshall and Howard are translated to Italian for the first time.
Aquae. Studi e testi sulle terme, vol. 4
2010, cm. 17 × 24, vi-164 pp. con 7 figg. n.t. e 3 tavv. f.t. a colori. € 20,00
[isbn 978 88 222 5988 2]

* Hammam: Le terme nell’Islam
Hammams and the hammam culture initially spread in Mediterranean and European regions
under the influence of Islam, replacing Roman baths. The essays included in this original and innovative volume clarify that, from the beginning, the hammam ritual has meant purification of body and mind, has influenced human existence in various ways, and for centuries has appealed to the collective imagination of those, including Westerners, who came into contact with a refined and fascinating civilization.
Aqvae, vol. 5
2011, cm 17 ¥ 24, xvi-290 pp. con 36 figg. e 6 tabelle n.t.,
e 20 tavv. f.t. di cui 10 a colori. € 28,00 [isbn 978 88 222 5996 7]

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