Watchmen: the Future of Historical Heritage. Results

09.12.2011, 15:23
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The public discussions programme «Watchmen: the Future of Historical Heritage», organized jointly by The Moscow Cultural Heritage Department (Mosgornaslediye) and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, has come to an end.

For three days (25-26 November and 3 December), Russian and international experts, government officials, journalists and members of the general public came to the White Chambers Cultural Centre in Prechistenka and discussed various aspects of historical heritage preservation. The discussions involved leading experts in the fields of urban planning, architecture and preservation, including Terje Nypan (Norway), Flip ten Cate (Netherlands), Nikolai Pereslegin, Alexander Kibovsky, Natalia Dushkina, Alexei Novikov, Andrei Batalov, and others.

The programme consisted of two rounds of discussions.

The first round (25-26 November) was devoted to the economy, legislation and urban planning policies. A key outcome of this round was a constructive dialogue between the public, government and experts. During the discussions, an approach to the economic assessment of heritage protection was established and a new terminology to facilitate its further discussion was suggested. Participants agreed to create on the basis of the “Watchmen” project a multi-disciplinary expert platform that would enable regular discussions of the key issues of cultural heritage protection in Moscow.

The second round (3 December) touched on the issues of restoration of the Russian capital’s cultural heritage. During the discussions, an understanding was reached that the restoration process is a long-term project that requires a comprehensive approach and cannot be divided into stages implemented by independent and random organizations. The effectiveness of this approach was illustrated by examples from the exhibitions by the Moscow Cultural Heritage Department and the contest «Moskovskaya Restovratsiya».

Please follow the link to view the photographs of the event.