40th anniversary of the Manifest of Amsterdam

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40ft-afterThe Center for Advanced Studies in Integrated Conservation – CECI, is opening a call for papers for a special edition in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Manifest of Amsterdam.





Call for Papers
“The future cannot and should not be built at the expense of the past.”
The Declaration of Amsterdam, 1975



The year of 1975 was considered the European Architectural Heritage Year. Delegates from all European member states spent considerable efforts for adopting necessary legislative, administrative, financial and educational steps to implement a policy focused on architectural heritage protection based on integrated conservation principles.

In Amsterdam (Netherland), from 21 to 25 October 1975 in the same year, private and public institutions, politicians and European experts met for discussing guidelines and actions to be taken for promoting a common policy for cultural heritage protection within new paradigms. Those initiatives followed the Recommendation of the European Conference of Ministers responsible for the preservation and rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of monuments and sites held in Brussels in 1969, and to the Recommendation 589 (1970) of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe calling for a charter relating to the architectural heritage.

The contributions in that year were promulgated in two documents - European Charter of the Architectural Heritage and the Manifest of Amsterdam, where were emphasized basic considerations to protect cultural heritage, threatened by ignorance, obsolescence, deterioration of every kind and neglect. The documents stated that urban planning can be destructive when authorities yield too readily to economic pressures and to the demands of land and property speculation, motor traffic and other misapplied contemporary technologies, also including ill-considered restoration.

Both documents reflected the efforts by European countries at promoting mutual cooperation between the public sector, politicians, and governments, thus aiming to increase awareness about the cultural, social, and economic values of monuments, historical sites, and traditional urban and rural cultural environments. The documents also introduced the concept of integrated conservation as an essential procedure to urban planning, focusing on the participation of all relevant stakeholders in the preservation of built heritage – in the legal, administrative, financial, and technical realms – as the active cooperation of citizens.

Forty years after the launch of the Manifest and Declaration, CECI, in association with the School of Education of Murdoch University in Australia, and the School of Architecture of University of Texas at Austin, takes the initiative to know about repercussions of this document within the conservation of cultural heritage built worldwide., is taking on the initiative of analyzing the repercussions of these documents on the worldwide movement on built cultural heritage conservation, by compiling short papers and essays for discussion, intended toward composing the book 40 YEARS AFTER THE MANIFEST OF AMSTERDAM.

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