Urban Areas, Towns & Villages (The Conservation of)

ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) 

The International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) was established in 1982. The Committee deals with questions relevant to the planning and management of historic towns and villages. Its membership is made of experts who have different professional backgrounds related to historic town preservation. They come from ICOMOS member countries all over the world to share their knowledge and experience with colleagues practicing in the field.


“New life for historic cities: The historic urban landscape approach explained” UNESCO, 2013 [PDF size: 6.6MB]

This brochure introduces the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape – UNESCO’s holistic approach to managing historic urban landscapes by integrating the goals of urban heritage conservation and those of social and economic development. This method sees urban heritage as a social, cultural and economic asset for the development of cities.


ICOMOS Sustainable Development webpage

Read about ICOMOS’ collaboration with other organisations in the area of Sustainable Development.


Design in Context: Guidelines for Infill Development in the Historic Environment. NSW Heritage Office, RAIA NSW Chapter, 2005 [PDF size: 2.2MB]

Advice on designing high quality buildings in heritage areas.

(From personal reference resources of ISC20C member Sheridan Burke)


Street Smart: Corporate Development in Historic Town Centres. NSW Heritage Office, 1998 [PDF size: 4.3MB]

Policy for introducing new businesses into heritage town centres.

(From personal reference resources of ISC20C member Sheridan Burke)


Case Studies on the Conservation and Management of Historic Cities

Carried out between 2008 and 2012, Devloping Heritage Cities: Keys for Understanding and Taking Action is a study that attempts to provide solutions to the following question:

  • How to safeguard and enhance heritage in an exemplary fashion and, at the same time, allow a city to develop for the profit of the inhabitants, the visitors and future generations?

The report uses World Heritage urban areas from around the globe as Case Studies on the Conservation and Management of Historic Cities.


The Urban Conservation Glossary “…an easy reference for anyone involved in or simply interested in the built environment…”

This glossary was produced by Neil Grieve as a teaching tool for use on the acclaimed postgraduate course on European Urban Conservation. 
It is now widely used in a variety of institutions across the UK and beyond. 
Continually updated. Produced in conjunction with Town & Regional Planning, University of Dundee.

(From personal reference resources of ICOMOS member Mary Knaggs)