Heritage on the Edge




International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)


Google Arts & Culture



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This multimedia presents how people around the world are using technology to protect their cultural sites against climate change. This can be viewed on the website of Google Arts and Culture.

The multimedia highlights selected heritage sites that are being affected by climate change through visuals generated by augmented reality and 3-dimensional drawings. It is presented as a collaboration between International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and CyArk. CyArk is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world's cultural heritage.

ICOMOS is dedicated to the development of common doctrines for the protection of cultural heritage sites and monuments, the evolution and circulation of knowledge, the creation of improved conservation techniques, and the promotion of cultural heritage significance. This unique non-governmental, democratic not-for-profit international organisation is associated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as an Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The creation of ICOMOS in 1965 is the outcome of initial conversations between architects, historians and international experts that began in the early twentieth century and eventually materialized in the adoption of the Venice Charter in 1964.

 Some of the heritage sites portrayed are:

  • Bagerhat, Bangladesh
  • Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
  • Rapa Nui, Eastern Island
  • Edinburgh, Scotland