20th Century Built Cultural Heritage

About us

The 20th Century Built Cultural Heritage Working Group was established in 2014. As many buildings and places of the 20th century that were never intended to be monuments gradually acquire a new dimension of meaning and emerge as cultural heritage, the Monitoring Group saw an urgent need to pay more attention to the architecture of the 20th century. This process provokes huge social, cultural and economic challenges and therefore the Working Group aims to collect good practices around the Baltic Sea. The Working Group aspires to discuss the built legacy of the early 20th century, modernism and postmodernism, as well as the rich diversity of building types, technological solutions and aesthetic strategies of the 20th century – which is far from being just a collection of masterpieces but has the potential to contribute to a sustainable future.   

Working group members

Chair: Laura Ingerpuus, [email protected]

Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, Finnland[email protected]
Olaf Steen, Norway[email protected]
Maciej Czarnecki, Poland (not confirmed yet)[email protected] 
Nils Meyer, Germany[email protected]
Martin Søberg, Denmark[email protected]
Cathrine Mellander Backmann, Sweden[email protected]
Vaidas Petrulis, Lithuania[email protected]

Main outcomes

  • The Working Group and the Archaeological State Department of Schleswig-Holstein were in charge of preparations of the VI Baltic Sea Region Cultural Forum. The Forum took place in September 2016 in Kiel. The Working Group took part in drafting the concept of the Forum report, which was edited at the Swedish National Heritage Board.
  • In 2017 the conference proceedings “The 6th Baltic Sea Region Cultural Heritage Forum: From Postwar to Postmodern – 20th Century Built Cultural Heritage” were published in cooperation between the Working Group and Swedish National Heritage Board.
  • The Working Group regularly organizes meetings online as well as on site to share the vital topics and best practices of the region.
  • Increased attention to the study of the history and legacy of postmodern architecture.
  • Exchange of concerns and experiences in the renovation of buildings of cultural value related to energy efficiency, use of solar panels and other renewable energy sources on heritage buildings.