We are deeply saddened by the recent earthquake in Morocco and subsequent loss of human life. No consolation can be offered for this human tragedy. From ICOMOS-Spain, ISCEAH (International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage) and CIAV (International Scientific Committee on Vernacular Architecture) we would like to transmit our deepest heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives or been wounded as a result of this earthquake.
Moreover, the damage caused to vernacular and monumental architectural heritage has been extensive. It has been disheartening to see how in some cases the media have reported that the collapse of buildings is due to them being “old houses, built of clay and adobe.” In relation to this, ICOMOS-Spain, ISCEAH and CIAV would like to state the following: