Much of the world’s-built environment dates from the second half of the 20th century, . It is in dealing with this heritage, we confront two of the most pressing challenges facing contemporary society - our need to respond to the climate change emergency and the imperative for social justice and inequity – Susan Macdonald, Co-President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C) and Head of Buildings and Sites at the Getty Conservation Institute will examine how recognizing and conserving 20th century heritage can contribute to addressing these issues. How do we as heritage practitioners, policy makers and stewards of the built environment contribute to or hinder overcoming them. In grappling with these challenges for twentieth century heritage, new approaches and frameworks for heritage practice more generally will inevitably emerge. So too we will find more support for and success in stewarding twentieth-century heritage.
ICOMOS Ireland 20th Century Heritage Group is a multi-disciplinary group of people with a wide range of experience, both practical and academic, in the 20th century built environment, motivated by the belief that 20th century heritage in Ireland needs to be recognised and better understood.