News: 7 Most Endangered Programme
Helsinki-Malmi Airport, Finland and Y-block, Government Quarter, Oslo, Norway
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“The 7 Most Endangered for 2016 were selected by the Board of Europa Nostra from the 14 sites shortlisted by a panel of specialists in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation, project analysis and finance. Nominations were submitted by civil society or public bodies which form part of Europa Nostra’s vast network of member and associate organisations from all over Europe." [1]

"Along with the representatives from the organisations that nominated the sites, the European experts have met with national, regional and local stakeholders to mobilise them and encourage them to join forces in saving these endangered gems of Europe´s cultural heritage. The key findings and recommendations of all missions will be published in reports at the beginning of 2017."

Among the 7 Most Endangered, is the Helsinki-Malmi Airport in Finland. "Helsinki Malmi is an international airport built in the mid 1930s in the functionalist architectural style as part of a larger ensemble in Helsinki which was intended to serve the 1940 Helsinki Olympic Games, cancelled due to World War II. It is one of the best‐preserved still active pre‐World War II international airports in the world and a living cultural heritage site of early commercial aviation. [...] The airport is now under serious threat from a new development project." [2]

Also, another endangered building from the modern movement is on the 2016 short-list. It concerns the Y-block, Government Quarter in Oslo, Norway. "Designed by Erling Viksjø, the foremost Norwegian architect of the time, the high-rise building and the Y-shaped building form a unified ensemble, symbolising the growth and inventiveness of the post-war period and embodying the egalitarian ideals of Norwegian society. The construction technique, using sandblasted concrete reinforced with small river stones, is also unique. The Y-block is famous for its two major designs by Pablo Picasso: ‘The Seagull’ decorates the wall of the lobby, while ‘The Fishermen’ in the main facade has become an iconic part of the Oslo cityscape." [...] After initial discussions, including a proposal to build a new Government Quarter on a more remote site for security reasons, the Norwegian Cabinet decided to redevelop the existing area but to demolish the Y-shaped building. [...] Both the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Cultural Heritage Management Office of Oslo have issued statements in favour of safeguarding the Y-block." [3]

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