Declaration of Amsterdam (1975)


Congress on the European Architectural Heritage, Council of Europe

The Declaration of Amsterdam emphasizes role of planning, education, legal, and administrative measures in protecting the region's architectural heritage. The document stipulates that architectural conservation must become an integral part of urban and regional planning. It calls for integrated conservation involving both local authorities and citizens and taking into consideration social factors. The Declaration notes the need for new legislative and administrative measures as well as appropriate financial support for conservation. The Declaration notes the importance of promoting methods, techniques, and skills for restoration and rehabilitation. The need for better training programs is noted; international exchange of knowledge, experience, and trainees is recommended. Authorities should try to promote an interest in conservation among young people as a prospective discipline. The Declaration stresses the importance of educational programs for youth and the public to foster an appreciation of the architectural heritage of Europe.