ICOMOS CIAV International Conference 2016 Conservation and Rehabilitation of Vernacular Heritage: The Cultural Landscape of Wendland circular villages September 28 - October 2, 2016
ICOMOS CIAV International Conference 2016 Conservation and Rehabilitation of Vernacular Heritage:The Cultural Landscape of Wendland circular villages September 28 - October 2, 2016

Conference Theme


The CIAV International Conference 2016 will be held under the theme:
"Conservation and Rehabilitation of Vernacular Heritage: the Cultural Landscape of the Wendland Circular Villages".


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Conference Programme

The CIAV International Conference 2016 takes place from September 29 - October 2 2016.


28 September 2016:    Arrival and registration

29 September 2016:    First Conference Day

30 September 2016:    Excursion Day

01 October 2016:         Second Conference Day

02 October 2016:         CIAV Annual Meeting 

                                     (half day) 


Conference Venue

Venue of the 2016 CIAV International Conference is the Rundlingsmuseum in the circular village of Lübeln.


Lübeln is one of 19 circular villages which form an exceptional cultural landscape of circular villages based on late medieval settlement structures and vernacular architecture from predominantly the 18th and 19th centuries.


Welcome to the Rundlinge (Circular Villages) of Wendland!

The Wendland circular villages (“Rundlinge”) have over many centuries formed and preserved a unique cultural landscape as result of their high concentration in a specific area and their excellent state of conservation. The closed circular form of the round villages with their gabled aisled houses arranged in radial farm plots around the village centre, are the product of a centuries-long evolution and today illustrate the latest development stage of the 18th and 19th century. Of the original number of over a thousand circular villages only few examples remain preserved in their entirety. The ensemble of Wendland circular villages in the comparatively small area of the Lower Drawehn does not only combine a variety of excellently preserved circular villages but presents them in a uniquely contiguously preserved cultural landscape that consists solely of circular villages to this day.