Tuesday, June 25, 2019


That long title is the motto of the conference that I attended between 11-14 June 2019 at the University of Amsterdam in the frame of the ICOMOS UNIVERSITY FORUM.

It was organized by the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden, and the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, in collaboration with ICOMOS International, ICOMOS Netherlands, and the City of Amsterdam.

It has been enlightening and inspiring 4 days of discussions and workshops with new angles of heritage practices. One of the workshops I have joined was about creating a museum for data that has been sent to a star planet. It was called "data crematorium". Or thinking about what we will do with former nuclear plants and the space shuttle. We also discussed a lot about cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Heritage has never been so advanced before this conference for me. That is why I liked this conference a lot after avoiding conferences for years because I hardly learn new issues anymore. I think heritage and the future can lift up image heritage being nostalgic and out of date. (Picture: the organizer).

Thursday, June 06, 2019


Last week (week 22) Bijlmermuseum has got a status as a protected cityscape of Amsterdam. It is an ensemble of six highrise flats: Gooioord, Groeneveen, Grubbehoeve, Kikkenstein, Kleiburg and Kruitberg. This protected status comes along for all characteristic inner streets, metro line, water & greenery underlying structures and original bicycle and pedestrian bridges. 

The protection status ensures that Bijlmermuseum as a unity will have integral maintenance and emergency treatments. It also means that any inquiry of permit requires admission framework. 

Bijlmermuseum is the youngest protected cityscape of Amsterdam. Previously, Amsterdam has already two protected cityscapes and one protected village scape on the municipality level, three protected cityscapes and three protected village scapes on the national level.  The plan area generally at the north is Bijlmeerdreef, at the east is Groesbeekdreef, at the west is 's Gravendijkdreef and at the south is Karspeldreef. 

Bijlmermeer area was developed about a half-century ago before it went to rigorous renewal actions with consequences of demolitions and new developments. In 1984 Bijlmer Museum Foundation was established by residents. In 1998 the Municipality has made a decision to respect the original design principles of the area and in 2008 Bijlmermuseum was inlisted in the Top 100 postwar heritage on the municipality level.  

(Source: De Echo, 5 June 2019)

(Pictures: Wikimedia Commons)