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From conservation to reconstruction: how World Heritage is changing theory and practice

The Round Table's participants.

The 11th Montreal Round Table (2016), From conservation to reconstruction: how World Heritage is changing theory and practice, examined current interest in reconstruction as a way to recover meaning and significance at historic places. Heritage experts, specialists from diverse disciplines, student delegates and academics from Canada, France, Israel, Japan, Nepal, United Kingdom and United States of America explored the impact of recent World Heritage Committee decisions on the theory and practice of conservation. The agenda was structured to present a broad overview of the subject followed by specific sessions on conservation doctrine, regional approaches, changing attitudes, alternate approaches and a case study of the reconstruction of the Timbuktu mausoleums in Mali. The participants discussed the possibility of introducing new tools that would draw on other disciplines, expressed interest in the social dimension of the reconstruction debate and supported actions that could help communities to reach their full potential. The Proceedings are available in a PDF format (8,16 Mo).