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Presentation of the Nomination File for the inscription of Plečnik's architectural works in Ljubljana on the Unesco World Heritage List

At the end of January, the permanent representative of Slovenia to Unesco presented the World Heritage Centre in Paris with the Nomination File entitled "Ljubljana: The Timeless, Human Capital Designed by Jože Plečnik" for inclusion in Unesco’s World Heritage List. According to the Ministry of Culture, the Nomination File is formally included in the 2020-2021 evaluation cycle.

The compilation of the Nomination File is an important step towards the international appreciation and recognition of architect Jože Plečnik’s creativity

The compilation of the Nomination File is an important step towards the international appreciation and recognition of architect Jože Plečnik’s creativity | Author Anže Malovrh, STA

The Nomination File of the buildings and urban development works of architect Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana to be inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List was adopted by the Government on 29 January. As Minister of Culture Zoran Poznič has underlined how "through the master's work, the architecture reveals itself to us in all its superlative achievements. Not just as its form, per se, but as a surreal approximation of transcendence". He added that, "Thanks to Plečnik, Slovenians can also be confident, proud and look confidently to the future."

The Ministry of Culture that was in charge of the project stated that the project of the Nomination File compilation was challenging in terms of content and it prompted the drawing up of numerous documents that were not yet fully developed, such as conservation and management plans for all the nominated components. Above all, it required deliberation and the articulation of the values that Plečnik's heritage still embodies in modern times.

As stated by project manager Špela Spanžel, the compilation of the Nomination File is "an important step towards the international appreciation and recognition of architect Jože Plečnik’s creativity". According to her, Unesco’s World Heritage List has relatively few entries of 20th-century architecture For example, the works of two iconic masters of modern architecture – Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright – were inscribed on the list only after repeated attempts.

She added that the creation of an appropriate professional and methodological framework for the evaluation of 20th-century architecture opened up the opportunity to recognise Plečnik's works not only as one of the national creators in the years around 1900, but as the author of architectural solutions that characterised the urban development concept of the city, are distinguished by their quality, express many values and relate to modern times.

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