UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is currently holding its 41st Annual Session in the Polish city of Krakow. It has added 20 new cultural sites to its World Heritage List, including the historic city of Ahmedabad in India, archaeological sites in Cambodia and Brazil, and a “cultural landscape” in South Africa. However, the Committee also added extensions to two sites already on the list: Strasbourg in France, and the Bauhaus in Germany.
In addition, the historic centre of Vienna has been added to the list of World Heritage sites in danger, as the Committee examined the state of conservation of one-hundred-and-fifty-four of its listed sites.
The Committee extended the bounds of the Bauhaus site in Germany, home to the movement which revolutionised architectural thinking and practice in the twentieth century. Originally comprising the groups of buildings and monuments located in Weimar and Dessau built under the direction of Walter Gropius, the site now includes the Houses with Balcony Access in Dessau–three-story brick blocks for low-income students–and the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau built under the direction of Gropius’ successor, Hannes Meyer.