Erich Men­delsohn – Sym­po­sium | Posi­tio­ning: Erich Men­delsohn and the Built Heri­tage of the 20th Century

Erich Men­delsohn – Sym­po­sium | Posi­tio­ning: Erich Men­delsohn and the Built Heri­tage of the 20th Century

Mem­bers of the Erich Men­delsohn Initia­tive Circle in Front of the Einstein­tower in Berlin, March 2022 | © Michaela Reinfeld

On the occa­sion of the 50th anni­ver­sary year of the UNESCO World Heri­tage Con­ven­tion as well as of Erich Mendelsohn’s 135th bir­thday the “Erich Men­delsohn Initia­tive Circle” through ICOMOS Israel, ICOMOS Ger­many and in coope­ra­tion with a number of part­ners orga­nize an inter­na­tional sym­po­sium on 21 and 22 March 2022. The aim is to iden­tify the poten­tial Out­stan­ding Uni­versal Value (OUV) of Erich Mendelsohn’s work for a UNESCO World Heri­tage trans­na­tional serial nomi­na­tion. For this pur­pose, experts will open new per­spec­tives on Mendelsohn’s life, his archi­tec­ture and influ­ence, and will con­sult on stra­te­gies for the nomi­na­tion pro­cess. The sym­po­sium is par­ti­cu­larly inte­rested in explo­ring Mendelsohn’s cos­mo­po­litan approach to moder­nity and seeks reflec­tions on his global impact, as well as on the theo­re­tical posi­tions and tech­nical inno­va­tions in which it was rooted.

Follow the link for fur­ther infor­ma­tion Sym­po­sium Web­site.

Venue: Chamber of Archi­tects /​ Archi­tek­ten­kammer | © Kle­mens Renner https://​kle​mens​renner​.com

Stee­ring Committee

Jörg Haspel and Regina Ste­phan (ICOMOS Ger­many) as well as Eran Mordoho­vich and Inbal Ben Asher Gitler (ICOMOS Israel), Initia­tors of the Initia­tive Circle for a mul­ti­na­tional net­work on out­stan­ding works of Erich Mendelsohn

Explana­tions of how the Coelostat works in the Ein­stein Tower, March 2022 | © Regina Stephan 

Preparatory/​Scientific Committee

Inbal Ben Asher Gitler, Sapir Aca­demic Col­lege, Co-chair of the Israel Chapter of DOCOMOMO Inter­na­tional, ICOMOS Israel

Maris­tella Casciato, Getty Rese­arch Insti­tute, Los Angeles

Jörg Haspel, ICOMOS Ger­many, Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Berlin

Kath­leen James Cha­kra­b­orty, Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Dublin

Eran Mordoho­vich, Tech­nion Haifa, Pre­si­dent ICOMOS Israel

Alona Nitzan Shiftan, Tech­nion Haifa, Head of the Arenson Built Heri­tage, Rese­arch Center

Regina Ste­phan, Uni­ver­sity of App­lied Sci­ences Mainz, ICOMOS Germany

In the Garden of the Country House Dr. Bejach in Stein­stü­cken near Berlin, March 2022 | © Regina Stephan 

Partner Insti­tu­tions

Bran­den­bur­gi­sches Lan­desamt für Denk­mal­pflege und Archäo­lo­gi­sches Landesmuseum

The Council for the Con­ser­va­tion of Heri­tage Sites in Israel

Deut­sche UNESCO Kom­mis­sion (DUK)



Gesell­schaft zur Erfor­schung des Lebens und Wir­kens deutsch­spra­chiger jüdi­scher Architekten

Getty Rese­arch Insti­tute, Los Angeles

Hoch­schule Mainz | Uni­ver­sity of App­lied Sciences

Israel National Com­mis­sion for UNESCO

Kunst­bi­blio­thek – Staat­liche Museen zu Berlin, Stif­tung Preu­ßi­scher Kulturbesitz

Lan­des­denk­malamt Berlin

Tech­nion Haifa, Arenson Built Heri­tage Rese­arch Center

Tri­en­nale der Moderne 2022 /​ Tri­en­nial of Moder­nism 2022 (tbc)


Pro­ject Duration

21. – 22.03.2022


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