International Day of Monuments and Sites, Icomos Italia: the future must be sustainable

International Day of Monuments and Sites, Icomos Italia: the future must be sustainable
International Day of Monuments and Sites, Icomos Italia: the future must be sustainable

International Day of Monuments and Sites, Icomos Italia: the future must be sustainable

Di Stefano: “I believe that the use of heritage must always be in the presence, a monument lives when it is with its people”

The International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS), established by Unesco and established by Icomos in 1982, will be celebrated on Sunday 18 April. Every year on this occasion Icomos through its National Scientific Committees and international organizations, individual members, partners and anyone who wants to participate, disseminates the principles of knowledge and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The theme chosen this year by Icomos international is “Complex past: different futures”: “It will not be a scientific day, it will not be a day in which you have to hold conferences, debates and take home documents”, explains the president of Icomos Italia, Maurizio Di Stefano. “It will be a simple day, a day of knowledge, of socializing the cultural heritage; we have discussed with our members, with the schools and with all the forces that have a desire to teach teaching, because the subject must be felt both at the level of training, but also at the level of socialization “.


How to have a different future? “In a totally positive way, let’s say that we have the fortune of a complex background which has therefore already helped us to be more accustomed to resolving different, difficult situations, positions; thus our future, which will not be an easy future, will also be a complex but different future, necessarily different “. How can it be less traumatic and more suited to our needs? “Certainly with the help of the innovation technologies that are offered to us today by scientific research, digitization, the capacity of the technical and technological supports we enjoy. But above all, this future must be based on an unavoidable principle, which is that of sustainability. We must understand that the setting of our future today is conditioned by the ability to give more time to the generations that will follow us and to those who are now committed to understanding how to achieve the objectives to reduce the disasters we have created in an unbalanced development. Here, this is a different future, a future that is based on different paradigms and which requires a rapid capacity for change. Cultural heritage is part of this change ”.


This year’s Day comes at a historical moment of little accessibility to both sites and monuments. “I believe – explains the president Icomos – that the use of the heritage must always be in the presence; another thing is direct experience and the ability to look closely at a painting, a work or a monument, touch a stone to understand the difference from a marble, a granite or a tuff. There is also a physical need to be among the monuments and above all to be among the people, because a monument lives when it is with its people ”.


Among the initiatives put in place, Di Stefano points out, “one in particular will be dedicated to regeneration and how it can be exploited, having the attention to recover the large abandoned cultural containers, in this case we have dealt with psychiatric hospitals that for decades they are abandoned “. Another one will be dedicated to materials: “We thought it interesting to spread the importance of buildings with clay houses, of which Italy has a little-known tradition but which is very widespread in Veneto, Piedmont, also partly in Lombardy”. Other initiatives will then be dedicated to rock art and the enhancement of archaeological sites (“But under the management cut”). “We have followed many of these initiatives because there has been great enthusiasm, probably due precisely to the need to find forms for different futures and to imagine and transfer what are the experiences, skills and even ideas and utopias in some cases which arouses the proposed theme ”, adds Di Stefano.


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