0958 GMT May 13, 2021
Iranian experts underlined the cultural values of the historical structures as a priority in a new system of renovation in the country.
In a webinar held on the International Day for Monuments and Sites (April 18) to address the new plan, Seyyed Hadi Ahmadi, the head of the Office for the Renovation of the Historical Buildings, Textures, and Sites, said the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran will contribute to devising the new scheme, IRNA reported.
“All technical and engineering potentials in the country, as well as standard electrical and mechanical infrastructures should be exploited in the new proposal for reviving the historical structures and sites,” the Iranian official said.
Veteran architect Akbar Taqizadeh believes “intangible values of the historical structures” should be prioritized in establishing a restoration project.
The principles and outcome of the new plan will be easy to understand for the ordinary people, added the Iranian artist.
Adel Farhangi, also an experienced architect in the field of renovation, underscored the significant role of the citizens in preserving the historical monuments of their cities.
“When I visited Kyoto in Japan I noticed that there were some 2,200 restored old houses, which were solely renovated by the owners and ordinary people, according to the Japanese officials,” Farhang said.
The International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on April 18, 1982, and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO a year later.
The day is dedicated to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage through various activities, including visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round tables and newspaper articles.
‘Complex Pasts: Diverse Future’
This year the theme of this special day is ‘Complex Pasts: Diverse Future’, whc.unesco.org wrote.
Therefore, this theme is calling people of all the religion to come together keeping aside their differences and give out the message of solidarity.
The history of a place can involve many points of view. The conservation of cultural heritage requires careful examination of the past, and its practice demands provision for the future. In recent years, debates on certain narratives, and particular stories over others, have come to the forefront. Addressing difficult and often contested histories involves complex conversations with different stakeholders, avoiding biased views and interpretations of the past.
The World Heritage Convention (1972) states: “Deterioration or disappearance of any item of the cultural or natural heritage constitutes a harmful impoverishment of the heritage of all the nations of the world”. However, imbalances in recognition, interpretation and ultimately, conservation of various cultural manifestations continue to exist.
Together with ICOMOS, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre supports inclusive and diverse points of view in heritage identification, conservation and transmission to future generations.