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The adoption of the Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage by UNESCO in 2003, formally expanded the concept of heritage to encompass cultural works and informational products either ‘created digitally, or converted into digital form’. The Charter was primarily a response to the concerns of institutions appointed to maintain repositories of public knowledge, such as museums, libraries and archives. The Charter affirms the role of such institutions and acknowledges opportunities to broaden access to historic resources through digital technologies. It also recognises the risks posed by technological obsolescence and the need to address supportive legislation for digital heritage. The Charter’s focus has, however, since been criticised for taking too narrow a view of what has become a rapidly progressing environment of digital tools, technologies and applications.

The concept of heritage also expanded with the recognition of cultural landscapes as a distinct category of World Heritage in 1992. This was followed by the adoption of UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003, and Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in 2011. While not as technologically seductive as the digital environment, cultural landscapes present unique preservation, presentation and sustainability issues associated with their spatial, temporal and intangible heritage qualities. The cultural landscape concept has similarly received criticism. Through failure to adequately articulate the dynamic nature of cultural heritage, the concept remains essentially conservation-driven and lacks the descriptive precision necessary to position cultural landscapes within mainstream planning and development frameworks.

Driven by these developments and criticisms, there has been significant interest in both digital heritage and cultural landscapes over recent years. The junction between the two, however, remains essentially under-explored. Digital technologies can improve conservation documentation and preservation techniques, enhance interpretation with interactive media, enrich archives with sensory experiences, and augment histories with crowdsourced data. Cultural landscapes can epitomise the nexus between cultural and natural heritage, acknowledge significant human interaction with environments over time, and recognise enduring intercultural dialogue across space, time and societies. Yet both can also provoke questions about authenticity, ownership and value, and challenge the concept of ‘living heritage’ and the sustainability of heritage values.

This conference seeks to explore the multiple implications and theoretical challenges of digital technologies for cultural landscapes. The conference will focus less on descriptive projects and more on how digital technologies can contribute to debates about the relationship between the cultural and natural past, present and future. What do we capture, commodify and experience using digital technologies and why? How are dynamic cultural landscapes interpreted, negotiated and represented and for whom? When should cultural landscapes be protected for future generations and how can they be managed sustainably for the present? The conference will focus on the emerging disciplines of digital cultural heritage and the established practice of heritage management, providing a platform for critical debate between those developing and applying innovative digital technology, and those seeking to integrated best practice into the preservation, presentation and sustainable management of historic cultural landscapes.


College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University,1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092 China


College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University (Shanghai, China)

School of Architecture, University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ISC CL)


Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture – Cultural Landscape Committee (CHSLA CLC)

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region (Shanghai) under the auspices of UNESCO (The WHITR-AP, Shanghai)

International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO

Chinese Landscape Architecture Journal

Built Heritage Journal

The Built Environment Technology Centre, CAUP Tongji University

ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Studies (ICIP)


Experts and scholars from China and abroad

Postgraduate students


Professor Feng Han, Assistant Professor Chen Yang, Tongji University, China

Associate Professor Chris Landorf, Dr Kelly Greenop, University of Queensland, Australia


The detailed agenda fill be released before the conference


Professor LI Deren | Wuhan University, China


Topic: Method and Application of Digital Preserving for Cultural Heritage - From Mogao Grottoes to Chi Lin Nunnery (By Prof. Li Deren and Prof. Zhu Yixuan)

Resume: LI Deren is a professor and PhD supervisor at Wuhan University. Prof. Li is a member of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics. Prof. Li received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and is an Honorary Doctor of the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland. Professor Li is an internationally renowned expert and educator in photogrammetry, remote sensing and geoinformatics, and an active strategic scientist in the field of Earth observation. Prof. Li is currently Director of the Academic Committee of Wuhan University, Director of the Geospatial Information Technology Collaborative Innovation Center, and Chairman of the Wuhan Science and Technology Association. Prof. Li has successfully supervised over 200 PhD candidates, published 11 books and over 850 papers, which have been cited over 24,000 times. Prof. Li Deren has won the National Science and Technology Progress Award (Innovation Team) and the National Science and Technology Progress Awards five times (4 of which ranked first and 1 ranked second). He has won the 2nd National Teaching Achievement Award twice (all ranked first), and the He Liang He Li Science and Technology Progress Award. In 2012, the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing awarded him the title of “Honorary Member”, the highest honour in the field with only 10 people from all over the world enjoying this honor.

Professor Tim Winter | The University of Western Australia, Australia

Topic: The Digital Silk Roads: Heritage across borders

Resume: Professor Winter is a sociologist by training and a university academic. Having previously held positions in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne, he has recently taken up a professorship in Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Western Australia. His work centres on the cultural past as a vector of nationalism, diplomacy, geopolitics and economic development. He is currently writing two books on heritage diplomacy. The first examines the China's Belt and Road Initiative, and the revival of the Silk Roads for the 21st century. Fascinating questions are arising around the use of history and heritage to advance trade and diplomatic relations across the Eurasia region. The second volume explores heritage diplomacy as a conceptual and historical issue. It addresses the role culture and heritage conservation have played in international relations, and how they come to be institutionally structured via an elaborate dance of cosmopolitanism and national interest. Professor Winter’s other key research area focuses on built environment sustainability in the context of rapid urban development in Asia and the Gulf. Casting its focus on air conditioning, this work considers how everyday material cultures and social practices associated with thermal comfort enable, reflect and constitute broader ideological abstractions of modernity, progress and development. The aim is to rethink the use of everyday technologies and the cultural changes necessary for more sustainable lifestyles.


Dr Tom Brigden | Purcell Architects, Master Planners, Heritage Consultants, United Kingdom


Topic: Digital Tools for Heritage Management and Construction

Resume: Tom has technical skills as an Architect as well as historical research and reporting skills. He graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture with the T. Alwyn Lloyd Scholarship for Best Performance 2009. He has teaching experience in architectural education, having tutored and lectured at Cardiff University, Newcastle University, the Architectural Association and the Washington Alexandria Architecture Centre, Washington D.C. Tom’s doctoral dissertation was commended as ‘outstanding’ at the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2014.


Associate Professor Mario Santana | Carleton University, Canada


Topic: Harnessing digital workflows for the understanding, promotion and participation in the conservation of heritage sites by meeting both ethical and technical challenges

Resume: Mario Santana-Quintero, is an associate professor at department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Carleton University. He is also the Director of the NSERC Create program Heritage Engineering based at the Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS). He is also a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). Along with his academic activities, he serves as Vice President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and he is the past president of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). Furthermore, he has been a Getty Conservation Institute scholar and he collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for The Getty Conservation Institute, UNESCO, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, ICCROM, World Monuments Fund, UNDP, Welfare Association, and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi. 


This conference is free for all participants. Participants need to register and provide personal information prior to the conference for catering and organisational purposes. Participants need to send their registration form (appendix 1) to dch2019@tongji.edu.cn before 10 November 2019. Due to the need to prepare conference facilities, the on-site registration quota is limited. Please register in advance.


Participants need to pay for their own transportation, accommodation and other costs in Shanghai. The conference service team has contacted Kingswell Hotel Tongji (No. 50 Zhangwu Road, Shanghai) for you to provide a preferential price for the accommodation. You can call the reservation desk of the hotel for service: +86-21-33626888. The rooms are not reserved. Please make a reservation in advance.


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