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ANNOUNCEMENT International Symposium & Training Course on the Historic Urban Landscape Shanghai,


7–10 December 2014.

The Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) is an updated heritage management approach based on the recognition and identification of a layering and interconnection of values – natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international as well as local – present in any city. It is also based on the need to integrate the different disciplines for the analysis and planning of the urban conservation process, in order not to separate it from the planning and development of the contemporary city. The Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, an international policy instrument adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference on 10 November 2011。

Following an international Expert Meeting that was organized by WHITRAP in Shanghai, in October 2012, a ‘Road Map’ for the application of the HUL approach in China was developed and a HUL implementation programme established. In association with the World Heritage Centre, WHITRAP’s HUL implementation programme covers the Asia-Pacific region as well as other geo-cultural regions of the world. The December 2014 International Symposium aims to bring together the implementing agencies and partners, as well as interested professionals from China and abroad, to take stock of progress made in HUL implementation in a diverse range of contexts.

The International Symposium will be preceded by a concise Training Course open to international professionals. The course programme aims to update professionals on the what, why & how of HUL with the latest developments in the field. It will last 2½ days, which will include 2 days of in total 8 training lectures (of 2½ hours each, divided between a lecture and a group discussion) and a half day site visit to one of the HUL project sites in China, i.e. the Hongkou district in downtown Shanghai. Participants in the training course will automatically register for the international Symposium, which is offered by WHITRAP as a package, in order to benefit directly from the training by enabling to follow the international projects and debates.

Announcement and Programme- International Symposium & Training Course on HUL

As space is limited, we recommend registering early, as we will operate on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis.

Training Course on HUL International Symposium on HUL
December 7-9, 2014

December 9-10, 2014

USD 550 
(includes automatic registration for the International Symposium on HUL)

USD 210
(includes simultaneous translation)

Application Please fill in the Application Form International Training Course on HUL 2014 and send it to whitrap.hul@gmail.com Please fill in theRegistration Form International Symposium on HUL 2014 and send it to whitrap.hul@gmail.com
(no needed for participants of the training that will participate in the Symposium)
Working Language

English -Chinese. Includes simultaneous translation
Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China
A certificate of attendance given by WHITRAP will be awarded to participants who satisfactory complete the training course and international symposium.
The World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)
•Tongji University’s Advanced Research Institute for Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning
All correspondence concerning the Training Course or the International Symposium should be addressed in English to: whitrap.hul@gmail.com 
Website: www.historicurbanlandscape.com


ICOMOS Thailand International Conference 2014 – Historic Urban Landscapes and Heritage: Examples, Approaches and Cultural Rights
The ICOMOS Thailand International Conference on Historic Urban Landscapes and Heritage: Examples, Approaches & Cultural Rights, will be held from 11 to 13 December 2014. This event is organized as a platform for scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of cultural heritage conservation to consider issues regarding the applicability of the Historic Urban Landscape concept for Thailand and the rest of Asia.
ICOMOS Thailand International Conference 2014 - HUL
November 2014
Expected in November 2014
'Reconnecting the City: the Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage', by Francesco Bandarin and Ron van Oers (Wiley-Blackwell, UK)
Following the publication of The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century, the new heritage management approach is now further elaborated with a much more practical slant. The first book dealt with the underlying theory related to scholarly traditions and contexts (European and non-European) as part of a broader international policy process initiated by UNESCO. This follow-up book translates the rather abstract notion of the Historic Urban Landscape into an operational set of management practices. In this second volume, the editors pull together specially commissioned chapters on best practice in urban heritage management from established professionals in the field. These chapter authors are drawn from a variety of disciplines related to urban management and conservation, present and discuss methodologies and practices to consider in the implementation of the Historic Urban Landscape approach as advocated by UNESCO.
Reconnecting the City: the Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage provides a thorough discussion, structured by themes on issues related to key topics in the field of urban management, e.g. changing demographics; increasing urbanisation; pressures of economic development and decentralisation; social interaction; and economic feasibility and financing of heritage conservation.See book

July 2014
HUL in Rawalpindi: UNESCO-WHITRAP Pilot Project for HUL in Rawalpindi on Pakistan TV

As part of the HUL Pilot Project for the Historic City of Rawalpindi, which started in January 2013, the HUL approach and its application in Pakistan were explained in broadcast interview on the National Television of Pakistan.
Access to the interview: UNESCO-WHITRAP Pilot Project for HUL in Rawalpindi

HUL in Rawalpindi: The National College of Arts (NCA) has completed documentation and mapping of important heritage sites of this city
A part of the HUL application the project “Heritage Mapping of Rawalpindi City” was completed in collaboration with the WHITRAP.
The mapping was done in light of challenges posed to conservation through urbanization and development. The NCA Director, Nadeem Omar Tarar, said “Urban and rural development projects are integrated with the ongoing historical and cultural preservation schemes in the light of UNESCO guidelines”.
This mapping exercise included the compilation of information about the city’s environment, its historical and cultural landscape and prepared a list of the sites with the residents of the area while also collected oral history of the old buildings, data corresponding to historical sites and conducted interviews. At the same time, a list of the important historical buildings and places, traditional handicrafts and business centres was developed.
Besides, the research addressed urban planning elements such as the mobility problematic, disposal of solid waste and sewerage system, as a way to approach in a comprehensive way the development and heritage conservation processes in the city that could influence the HUL application or development of specific cultural heritage policies in the future.
Tarar said that Rawalpindi had dozens of historic religious buildings and completion of the project would help to finance the preservation of these sites that would also create employment opportunities through tourism. "This project will help the district government in planning urbanization in future”, he also said.

HUL in Francophone Africa
The UNESCO Office in Dakar is associated with the organization of a conference about restoration policies and valorisation of the Historic Urban Landscape in francophone Africa, which will take place in Dakar from 7-9 July 2014. The conference is part of the preparatory work for the XVth Summit of the Francophonie. One of the main objectives is to introduce and discuss the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape.
 HUL in francophone Africa

June 2014
The Application of the Historic Urban Landscape Approach to Shanghai Lilong
Under the guidance of Mr. Donovan Rypkema and Dr. Ron van Oers, from 1 to 13 June 2014 UPenn’s Summer Fieldwork took place at WHITRAP–Shanghai. As part of the HUL research programme at the Pilot Site for Shanghai, students from the Historic Preservation Master Program of UPenn developed a Conservation and Development Strategy for the cluster of 8 lilong along the Hongkou River, focusing in particular on the economic feasibility and financial management of such a strategy. Specifically, a cost/benefit analysis of the eight lilong was conducted, including the ‘traditional’ financial cost/benefit calculations, meaning what would be the most economical solution, but supplemented with parallel analyses on the costs and benefits addressing social, cultural and environmental aspects. The final report of this fieldwork was presented to the authorities of Shanghai’s Hongkou area, as well as to other Chinese and foreign experts from Tongji University. It will form the basis for further work to be done in close cooperation with the local authorities to find an appropriate solution for the preservation and development of this area of downtown Shanghai.

Zanzibar: Applying HUL to the ongoing urban regeneration activities in Ng’ambo
The workshop on ‘An Integrative approach to Heritage-Based Urban Regeneration in Ng’ambo’, as part of the World Heritage Site of Stone Town in Zanzibar, was held from 11–13 February 2014 as a joint event between the Government of Zanzibar and UNESCO. The workshop was part of a series of initiatives for heritage-based urban regeneration in Zanzibar, including a mapping and visioning exercise facilitated by UNESCO in early 2014. The Government of Zanzibar had invited a small team of experts to discuss the way forward in applying HUL to the ongoing urban regeneration activities in Ng’ambo (buffer zone of the WH site) on 11 and 13 February, while on the 12th the gathering grew into a conference with app. 100 local experts and stakeholder representatives exchanging their knowledge, experience and views.
The recommendations have been drafted by the workshop participants, which worked under the guidance of AAmatters with students from Ardhi University of Dar es Salaam, SUZA University, Chandler University in Sweden, and Sheffield University in UK. A detailed report of the workshop, of which these recommendations will be a part, as well as a short video clip of the events are being produced by AAmatters and the Department of Urban and Rural Planning of Zanzibar and will be shared in the near future. Zanzibar International Expert Workshop & Stakeholder Conference report

May 2014
PricewaterhouseCooper’s sixth edition of its Cities of Opportunity launched in China
PricewaterhouseCooper’s sixth edition of its Cities of Opportunity report has just been launched in China. It includes an interview with Dr. WANG Lin, Director of the conservation department in Shanghai’s Planning and Land Resources Administration Bureau, one of the driving forces in the development and implementation of the city Master Plan for 15 years, and Dr. Ron VAN OERS, combining insights into Shanghai’s extraordinary development in relation to other great cities in the world. The report is available at http://www.pwc.com/cities.

HUL approach for “World Heritage City Preservation Management” in Cuenca, Ecuador
The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador, is executing a project under the Institutional University Co-operation (IUC) programme with the Catholic University of Leuven's Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Restoration, entitled “World Heritage City Preservation Management”, which includes a research line on HUL for the World Heritage city of Cuenca.
In the context of this project, the University of Cuenca is organizing a workshop on 29 May at the Faculty. The aim of this workshop is to gather a representative group of stakeholders in the city, such as the Municipality, INPC Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural (National Institution of Cultural Heritage), Pumapungo Museum, Barranco Foundation, and other professionals from diverse disciplines. The main purpose is to show the current state of the on-going research and to transmit the reflection around this tool and its use in preserving the cultural values of World Heritage city of Cuenca.
For more information, please contact Julia Rey Perez at: julreyper@alum.us.es

Workshop on Urban Preservation in Context
Rutgers University Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center call preservationists, city planners, community leaders, academics and students to focus on new approaches to urban historic preservation and their relevance to urban conservation in New Jersey, New York, and the entire mid-Atlantic region. Central to the discussion will be the implementation of UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL, 2011).
Urban Preservation in Context Workshop

April 2014
Zanzibar Social Security Fund (ZSSF) support for HUL
Following consultations with ZSSF in the context of a grant application prepared for the European Union, as well as the physical mapping exercise of a pilot area inside Ng'ambo (as part of the Stone Town World Heritage site) conducted since December 1993 with financial support of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at UNESCO and the Government of Zanzibar funding for an international workshop on HUL that took place in February 2014 (reports are under preparation), on 13 April 2014 the Board of ZSSF decided to grant USD 35,000 to further support HUL activities in Zanzibar. These activities are part of an overall vision to apply the HUL approach in the development of a Master Plan for Zanzibar, which is under the coordination of Dr. Muhammad JUMA, Director of the Department for Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar. The grant funding will be used to continue the second phase of Zanzibar's visioning exercise that revolves around elaborating necessary financial tools.

March 2014
‘Whyte Space: A Historic Urban Landscape Public Forum’, Edmonton (Canada)
On 19 March 2014 Edmonton, the capital of the Province of Alberta in Canada, hosted a stakeholder workshop on Whyte Space, the area around the principal avenue of the historic neighborhood of Old Strathcona in Edmonton. This stakeholder workshop was organized by ICOMOS-Canada, in association with the Old Strathcona Foundation (OSF), and with the cooperation of WHITRAP and the American Planning Association (APA). It was preceded by a public presentation, in the evening of 18 March, on the implementation of UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach in China by WHITRAP (Shanghai).
The stakeholder workshop centered around a Cultural Mapping exercise as part of the HUL approach in which the participants identified and discussed the tangible and intangible heritage values of Whyte Space and the particular attributes where these values manifest themselves, for whom and when (distinguishing between day and night times). At the end of the workshop the participants unanimously agreed to include Edmonton as a Pilot City in WHITRAP’s Special Programme on HUL and a follow-up workshop on the elaboration of a development strategy for Whyte Avenue, which will include the tangible and intangible heritage assets identified in relation to the recently developed Statement of Significance for Old Strathcona, will be scheduled for October this year.

Working Visit of Mr. Donovan RYPKEMA, Lecturer at UPenn’s Historic Preservation Program, to Shanghai
From 6 to 11 March 2014 Mr. Donovan Rypkema, an expert in the economics of heritage preservation, President of Heritage Strategies International (Washington DC) and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation Program (USA), paid a 5-day working visit to Shanghai to discuss the forthcoming Summer Fieldwork of UPenn in Shanghai, scheduled from 1 to 13 June 2014, as part of the longstanding cooperation agreement between UPenn and Tongji University. At the end of Mr. Rypkema’s visit, it was decided that UPenn’s Summer Fieldwork will focus on the elaboration of a Conservation and Development Strategy, in particular the economic feasibility and financial management of such a strategy, for the cluster of 8 remaining (i.e. Shanghai-style traditional housing complexes from the early 20th century) along the Hongkou River in downtown Shanghai, which is one of the Pilot Sites in WHITRAP’s Special Programme on HUL. The Summer Fieldwork will be jointly organized by the University of Pennsylvania, Tongji University’s Advanced Research Institute for Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning and WHITRAP. On Monday evening 10 March Mr. Rypkema gave a public lecture at WHITRAP on "The Economic Feasibility of Heritage Preservation: experiences from the US and abroad".

February 2014
Rawalpindi becomes a HUL Pilot City (Pakistan)
On 7 February 2014 a tripartite Strategic Cooperation Agreement was signed between the District Coordination Office (DCO) of Rawalpindi, the National College of Arts (NCA) in Rawalpindi and WHITRAP in Shanghai, through which Rawalpindi in Pakistan became a Pilot City in WHITRAP’s Special Programme on HUL. As a follow up to an identification and preparation visit in July 2013, from 28 January to 8 February 2014 WHITRAP’s second mission to Rawalpindi took place to meet and discuss with NCA staff and (former) students, who are working on the HUL implementation in Rawalpindi since January 2013 with funding obtained from the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at UNESCO. In addition, two stakeholder meetings were organized, one through the Institute for Social and Policy Sciences (I‐SAPS) and the other through the Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI), to present HUL to international agencies, NGOs and other potential partners in Pakistan and to consult them on strategy and cooperation activities for HUL implementation. Furthermore, during her visit to Pakistan at that same moment, UNESCO’s Director‐General Ms. Irina Bokova was briefed on the launch of the HUL programme in Rawalpindi. As part of the implementation of HUL in Pakistan the UNESCO Office in Islamabad has prepared an Urdu-language version of UNESCO’s brochure New Life for Historic Cities (accessible at the Pilot C ities section).

December 2013
Reflection Meeting on the Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape Two Years after Adoption –– “HUL +2”
On 14 December 2013 a consultation meeting was organized at UNESCO Headquarters to reflect on the progress made in the global implementation of the HUL Recommendation and its role in the framework of UNESCO’s contribution to the UN System response to the issue of urbanization. Much of the discussion centered around the identification of future actions towards the reinforcement of the application of the HUL approach for the conservation of urban heritage in the context of sustainable development. Specific suggestions were made as regards the development of an Outreach Strategy, to mainstream information provision and communication by UNESCO.
Prioritizing visibility and participation to several meetings and strengthening partnerships with certain target partners was identified as the next important step in the implementation phase. Furthermore, a focus on local authorities and community involvement, through Pilot Projects, was also considered key in making the HUL approach relevant. Last but not least, capacity building initiatives and training programmes, also through the UNESCO Chairs and UNESCO Category II Centres, such as WHITRAP, will be addressed.

Regional meeting on the application of HUL in the Arab States, Rabat (Morocco)
From 9 to 11 December Morocco hosted an Expert Meeting organized to provide technical assistance to Arab countries with the aim to present and discuss HUL as a tool for the sustainable conservation of Arab urban heritage, linking urban renewal and modernization to a heritage-focused and integrated approach to spatial planning based on cultural assets and socio-economic values. Presentations of individual case studies pointed to the current issues and challenges of urban conservation in the Arab States region and the need for a consolidated, integrated approach, such as HUL. While urban heritage is one of the strong assets of the region, currently there’s little policy support, let alone financial support, for its conservation and management. In this light the participants unanimously agreed that each State Party, through its Representative, the relevant Government departments and the National Commissions for UNESCO, select a Pilot Project for implementation of the HUL approach in their country. This would mean that in total more than a dozen projects could potentially be selected, which would provide for a pool of experiences and insights that would help in strengthening the conceptual framework of HUL and its operational approach in the Arab States.

November 2013
WHITRAP’s Domestic Training Course on HUL (Shanghai)
From 8 to 12 November 2013 WHITRAP organized a Domestic Training Course on Historic Urban Landscapes in Shanghai aimed at mid-career Chinese professionals to inform them of and work through the concept, approach and implementation of HUL in China. Twenty one participants were enrolled in the course, coming from Colombia, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou and Tongli (all three from Jiangsu Province), Hangzhou and Xitang Town (both from Zhejiang Province), Lijiang (Yunnan Province), Jinan (Shandong Province) and Jinzhong (Shanxi Province). The outcomes of the discussions within the training course will be included in the Special Programme on HUL, which is developed and implemented by Tongji University’s Advanced Research Institute for Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning and WHITRAP.

Ballarat HUL Pilot City (Australia)
On 26 September 2013 a Strategic Cooperation Agreement was signed between WHITRAP and the historic city of Ballarat in Australia, in cooperation with Deakin University in Melbourne, where the Historic Urban Landscape approach will be used as the strategic integrated framework for developing an overarching Ballarat Strategy to map the vision for the city, particularly in spatial terms, for the next 30 years. One of the first outputs of the HUL implementation process in Ballarat is the brochure Ballarat and UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape Approach (accessible at the Pilot Cities section).

September 2013
Mainstreaming of the Methodological Approach related to HUL in the Operational Guidelines
From 3 to 5 September 2013 the International Expert Meeting on the mainstreaming of the methodological approach related to the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The meeting proceeded with in-depth reflection through three thematic working groups, which reflected upon the appropriate revisions to the Operational Guidelines, together with the proposed redrafting of Annex 3 for examination by the World Heritage Committee when establishing the next cycle of revisions to the Operational Guidelines. It also reflected on the guidance required for the nomination, evaluation and management of urban heritage and the necessity to develop an action plan of activities to better mainstream the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape into the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

April 2013
HUL in Bahrain: Muharraq as a Case Study (Bahrain)
From 23 to 25 April 2013 a national workshop with the title “Historic Urban Landscapes: Muharraq as a Case Study” was held in Muharraq, Bahrain. It was organized by the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), a sister of WHITRAP, in cooperation with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in Paris. The workshop aimed to develop recommendations on the application of the HUL approach in Bahrain directed towards officials from the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Muharraq. Given the uniqueness of Muharraq as one of the last remaining historic urban settlements in the whole of the Gulf, the opportunity to highlight and promote its unique character and identity should be made a priority of the Kingdom of Bahrain. To this end a set of seven policy recommendations were elaborated by the workshop’s participants, which centred on using the HUL Recommendation as a tool.

October 2012
Researching HUL: The Challenges of the Secular, Religious and Historic Urban Environment, Durham (UK)
On 25 October 2012 an Expert Meeting was hosted by Durham University in the UK to discuss ‘The Challenges of the Secular, Religious and Historic Urban Environment ‘, jointly organized by the World Heritage Centre in Paris and Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IMRS) and the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH), in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), as part of the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and with sponsorship from the Durham World Heritage Site authorities and the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at UNESCO. Representatives from research institutes and departments of universities, as well as implementing agencies working with the Historic Urban Landscape approach had been invited to Durham. These included the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus (Germany), Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands), Indiana University (United States), Washington University (United States), Lublin University of Technology (Poland), next to Durham University (United Kingdom), as well as the Ministry of Culture in France, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar (Tanzania), and Durham World Heritage Site Authorities, Sunderland City Council and English Heritage in the United Kingdom. The meeting reflected on research topics and needs with regard to facilitating the implementation of HUL at the local level, i.e. by Mayors and city councils, heritage corporations and protected area managers, including World Heritage site authorities. Ron van Oers, Vice Director of WHITRAP, gave a keynote lecture outlining a comprehensive research agenda for HUL.

November 2012
International Expert Meeting: Developing a Road Map for the Application of HUL in China (Shanghai)
From 12 to 14 October 2013 an international Expert Meeting was organized by WHITRAP in Shanghai to discuss the development of a critical path, a ‘Road Map’, for the application of the HUL approach in China. Invited participants came from different international institutions, such as the Cultural Relics Protection and Archaeology Department of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design in Beijing, the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University (Beijing), the School of Architecture of Southeast University in Nanjing, the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University (Shanghai), the UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem (Israel), the University of Paris I–Sorbonne in Paris (France), the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus (Germany) and the American Planning Association (United States). The meeting’s outcome, a Road Map for HUL Application in China, was published as Editorial in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (JCHMSD), Volume 3, Issue 1 (May 2013).