Resolutions of the Symposium on the Introduction of Contemporary Architecture into Ancient Groups of Buildings (1972)

ICOMOS General Assembly

The Resolutions outline principles for the harmonious introduction of contemporary architecture into groups of ancient buildings:

  • The existing fabric of ancient buildings must be the framework for further development and town planning. Contemporary architecture should be integrated into groups of ancient buildings and should not affect structural or aesthetic qualities of the ancient setting.
  • Authenticity is considered the basic criterion; imitations affecting artistic and historical value should be avoided.
  • The revitalization of ancient buildings through new use is encouraged as long as structural integrity and character are not compromised.