Old Cities, New Challenges

A Course for Urban Conservation in Southeast Asia

September 29 – October 6, 2018
Penang, Malaysia

The Getty Conservation Institute is pleased to announce, Old Cities, New Challenges 2018 (OCNC18), the first in a new series of courses for urban conservation in Southeast Asia presented in collaboration with Think City.

OCNC18’s primary objective is to improve urban conservation practices in Southeast Asian cities by providing participants with a fuller understanding of conservation methodologies and effective, practical tools and techniques for the conservation of historic places in urban contexts. The curriculum for this course derives, in part, from the GCI's previous courses in the region.

Course Content

The course will be highly interactive—formal presentations will be complemented by group discussions and exercises at historic sites in Penang. A values-based approach to heritage conservation will be emphasized. Participants will share their experiences regarding heritage conservation challenges in their respective cities.

Topics to be addressed include:

Examination of international approaches, including Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)

Documentation of tangible and intangible heritage assets, including cultural mapping

Defining cultural significance of historic places, resulting in a statement of significance

Heritage economics, related to cultural capital and sustainability

Infill development in historic areas

Goals, strategies and components of an urban conservation plan, resulting in participants’ drafting a plan for a specific site

Instructors

An experienced team of mentors will share their practical expertise related to the conservation of historic places in urban contexts, including:

David Logan, Architect; founder and partner of GML Heritage, Sydney, Australia
Laurence Loh, Architect; founder and principal of Arkitek LLA, Penang, Malaysia
Christian Ost, Heritage economist; professor, ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
Janet Pillai, Sociologist; specialist in community participation and cultural mapping, Malaysia
Yongtanit Pimonsathean, Architect and urban planner; professor at Thammasat University, Thailand
Elizabeth Vines, Architect and adjunct professor, University of Hong Kong

Course Coordinator

Jeff Cody, Architectural historian and Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute

Eligibility

The course is designed for up to twenty-five mid-career professionals, including architects, urban planners, members of nongovernmental organizations, or those working in public or private practice, confronting conservation challenges within the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Language

The course language will be English.

Workshop Fee

The fee for this course is RM 3000 (approximately US$ 700), which includes eight night’s hotel accommodations in Penang, training materials, lunches and several dinners. A limited number of scholarships will be available to participants who need financial assistance. An optional, two-day post-course field trip will be offered for an additional fee.

Apply

Application materials will be available in early January 2018.

For further information, please contact OCNC18@getty.edu.

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