Davos Declaration and Davos Baukultur process

Official photo of the Ministers of Culture at the signing of the Davos Declaration
Conference of Ministries of Culture 2018.
© FOC / photo Ruben Speich

Towards a high-quality Baukultur for Europe and beyond!

To achieve this goal, the European Ministers of Culture approved the Davos Declaration in 2018 on the initiative of Switzerland. The European states commit to embedding high-quality Baukultur on a political and strategic level. This provided the basis for the adoption of the Davos Baukultur Memorandum and the launch of the Davos Baukultur Alliance in 2023. Politics, the private sector and civil society all commit through the Davos Baukultur Alliance to improved city, village and landscape planning.
The Davos Declaration reminds us that building is culture and creates space for culture. More countries, organisations, institutions and companies are committing to the declaration. It is broadly debated worldwide and forms the basis of the Davos Baukultur Process.
Central themes are explored in greater scientific depth and key terms clarified in the Davos Baukultur Process. At the same time, strategies are being implemented at a political level that acknowledge the cultural aspects of preservation, planning and building and establish high-quality Baukultur as a political priority.

The Federal Office of Culture (FOC) is committed both substantively and strategically to international cooperation and networking in Baukultur.


Davos Declaration

Davos Declaration 2018 (catalan) (PDF, 92 kB, 14.09.2020)Translation: Delegación del Gobierno en Cataluña

Davosin julistus 2018 (finnish) (PDF, 194 kB, 12.05.2023)Translation: Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland

Davos Declaration 2018 (georgian) (PDF, 516 kB, 12.08.2019)Translation: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia

Davos Declaration 2018 (latvian) (PDF, 588 kB, 12.08.2019)Translation: National Heritage board of Latvia

Verklaring van Davos 2018 (nederlands) (PDF, 616 kB, 12.08.2019)Translation: Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands

Davos Declaration 2018 (slovenian) (PDF, 329 kB, 05.11.2020)Translation: Ministry of Culture, Republic of Slovenia

Davos Declaration 2018 (romanian) (PDF, 256 kB, 19.01.2022)Translation: Romanian Order of Architects

Context document

Context document (georgian) (PDF, 807 kB, 05.11.2020)Translation: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia

Context document (latvian) (PDF, 893 kB, 05.11.2020)Translation: National Heritage board of Latvia

Context document (latvian) (PDF, 893 kB, 05.11.2020)Translation: National Heritage board of Latvia

Davos Baukultur Memorandum

Davos Baukultur Process


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