Reflections on Ukraine


  • Thomas Flierl
  • Jörg Haspel




World Heritage, modern heritage, tentative list, infrastructure, Ukraine, World Heritage, modern heritage, tentative list, infrastructure, Ukraine


The article reflects on the status of modern World Heritage sites in general and in particular related to Ukraine, and the specific typologies of infrastructure and modern urban planning – both closely related to each other. The current war and the disastrous destruction of urban and civil infrastructure have again raised the question of its public perception, official recognition and national and international protection. Next to the internationally known Derzhprom complex, the cnstruction of Dneprostroj, the Dnipro Hydroelectric Station (DneproGES/DniproHES), the erection of a new industrial combine in direct proximity to it, and the new socialist city Sotsgorod—known as Zaporizhzhia—are impressive examples of urbanization and testimonies of the 20th century that need to be protected.

How to Cite

Flierl, T., & Haspel, J. (2022). MODERN WORLD HERITAGE: Reflections on Ukraine. Docomomo Journal, (67).




Author Biographies

Thomas Flierl

Thomas Flierl (1957), freelance cultural scientist, architectural historian and publicist, since 2007 Chair of the board of the Hermann Henselmann Foundation and the Max Lingner Foundation in Berlin. Studied philosophy and aesthetics at Humboldt University in Berlin, earning his doctorate in the Department of Aesthetics at Humboldt University (1985). Member of the Berlin House of Representatives (1995-98), City councilor for construction in Berlin-Mitte (1998-2000), and Berlin’s senator for culture and science (2002-06). He is a member of the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and Planning at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and of the Scientific advisory board of the der Ernst-May-Society e.V. in Frankfurt/Main.

Jörg Haspel

JÖRG HASPEL (1953), former State Curator of the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin. Studied architecture and urban planning at Stuttgart University and history of art and empirical cultural studies at Tübingen University (1972-81), Preservationist at the Senate Department of Cultural Affairs at the Hanseatic City of Hamburg (1982-91), State Curator and Director of the Berlin Heritage Conservation Authority (1992-2018). President of ICOMOS Germany (2012-2021) and funding member of the International Scientific Committee of 20th Century Heritage of ICOMOS (ISC20C) in 2005. He is Chair of the board of the German Foundation of Monument Protection since 2014 and Honorary Professor at Technical University of Berlin.


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