× Europe H2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 760858


Fundamental documents

It is very important that all those involved in the conservation of concrete heritage know the recommendations of the experts.

This section provides the link to the fundamental documents related to the conservation of monuments and sites, heritage of the twentieth century and, of course, to the Cadiz Document (2020) “InnovaConcrete/ICOMOS Concrete Conservation Guidelines”, developed by ICOMOS ISC20C in the framework of InnovaConcrete project.

Cadiz Document (2020). "InnovaConcrete/ICOMOS Conservation Guidelines"

This document provides guidance for the conservation of concrete heritage with respect to its cultural, historical, aesthetic, social and technological significance and the values represented for local communities. It provides guidance to public officials, private owners, architects, engineers, conservators, contractors and craftsmen for the conservation of cultural, historical, aesthetic and technological significance of concrete heritage.

Learn more

Venice Charter (1964). "International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites"

Imbued with a message from the past, the historic monuments of generations of people remain to the present day as living witnesses of their age-old traditions. People are becoming more and more conscious of the unity of human values and regard ancient monuments as a common heritage. The common responsibility to safeguard them for future generations is recognized. It is our duty to hand them on in the full richness of their authenticity. It is essential that the principles guiding the preservation and restoration of ancient buildings should be agreed and be laid down on an international basis, with each country being responsible for applying the plan within the framework of its own culture and traditions.

Learn more

Declaration of Amsterdam (1975). "Conservation of the architectural heritage"

Unless a new policy of protection and integrated conservation is urgently implemented, our society will shortly find itself obliged to give up the heritage of buildings and sites which form its traditional environment. Protection is needed today for historic towns, the old quarters of cities, and towns and villages with a traditional character as well as historic parks and gardens. The conservation of these architectural complexes can only be conceived in a wide perspective, embracing all buildings of cultural value, from the greatest to the humblest - not forgetting those of our own day together with their surroundings. This overall protection will complement the piecemeal protection of individual and isolated monuments and sites.

Learn more

Nara Document (1994). "The Nara Document on Authenticity"

The diversity of cultures and heritage in our world is an irreplaceable source of spiritual and intellectual richness for all humankind. The protection and enhancement of cultural and heritage diversity in our world should be actively promoted as an essential aspect of human development.

Learn more

Madrid-New Delhi Document (2017). "Approaches for The Conservation of Twentieth Century Cultural Heritage"

The sweeping economic, social, technological and political developments of the twentieth century produced unprecedented change. Two world wars, the Cold War that followed, the Great Depression, and decolonisation, together, significantly altered the fabric of society over the course of the twentieth century. Rapid urbanisation and the growth of large cities, accelerated technological and scientific development and the emergence of mass communications and transportation fundamentally changed the way we lived and worked, producing new buildings and structures, unprecedented building types and forms, using experimental materials. Massively changed landscapes were created by industrialisation and mechanised agriculture. And yet, comparatively few of the sites and places created by such tumultuous events have been listed and protected for their heritage values. Thus, too many of the heritage places and sites of the twentieth century remain at risk. Although appreciation of mid-century modernism is increasing in some regions, the range of buildings, structures, cultural landscapes and industrial sites that are characteristic of the twentieth century are still threatened by a general lack of awareness and recognition. All too often they are pressured by redevelopment, unsympathetic change, or simply by neglect.

Learn more

Madrid Document (2014). "Approaches for the Conservation of Twentieth Century Architectural Heritage"

Too many of the heritage structures and buildings of the twentieth century are at risk. They are threatened by a general lack of appreciation and recognition, and all too often they are pressured by redevelopment or unsympathetic change or simply by neglect. There is also some confusion about the basic principles of conservation that should be applied to twentieth-century sites and places. This publication is a contribution of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-Century Heritage (ISC20C) toward providing benchmark guidance about how to practically conserve and manage this important era of international architectural heritage.

Learn more