People's houses / Workers' Assembly Halls (Transnational serial nomination)
De Vooruit binnenkort misschien Unesco Werelderfgoed
Denmark has launched a request to stimulate the People's Houses to join forces to go for world heritage status. The Danish initiators want to make an inventory of people's houses in order to get as many of them inscribed. The dossier will apparently be submitted in 2023.
The Voorhuit building is very impressive, a real workers palace! There is also an beautiful book about it's interesting history. Gent was the City with the first unions in Belgium and there is also a splendidly looking union building on Vrijdagsmarkt that shows great confidence I have been wondering before if Gent could not make a valid nomination on its own by this topic. I find anyway, that this beautiful city with a quite unique historic center would make an excellent WHS, but chances for that are low with the popular tedium of European cities and Gent being already doubly inscribed.
Also, tieing in with what has appeared in the topic about Denmark, after some thoughts about it I am convinced that this seems to have a great potential. At least, I think that, after what will probably be more than 15 years of meticuolous research to locate tangible
documents (the halls) that have to satisfy stringent prerequisites all over the world and that can really be said to embody something that has (had) a very clear universal
value, this proposal will warrant serious consideration, and I can already envision an easy inscription should they want to proceed with it. It remains the doubt if it still remains at a too abstract level, but it looks as if it will be solidly anchored to specific sites in a meaniningful way, circumventing this problem. And, while it cannot be entirely devoid of a political facet, I see it touching more universal, let's also say "generic" values than e.g. some recent, ideologicized proposals (I am looking at you, Gdańsk shipyard...).
Anyway, polemics aside, I am now really looking forward to what wil lcome out of this wannabe tentative site.