Macau

22-26 July 2001

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Posted on 19 Oct 2008 by admin

Opening Ceremony: Monday, July 23, 2001, 09:00-10:45

• Heidi HO (President of the Cultural Institute, Macau):

Macau's World Heritage Application Project is now a leading issue in the region. The success of preservation of monuments does not depend on blind restoration of old monuments, but rely on putting practical needs by balancing the needs of development and demands to carry on the living heritage. It is hoped that the value of Macau's cultural heritage can make a contribution to mAAN.


• Dinu BUMBARU (Director of Programmes - Heritage Montreal, Member of Executive Committee of ICOMOS):

The difficulties of preservation of the cultural heritage in Asia can be summarized as negative perception on preserving old buildings, rapid changes resulted from urban development and the enormous quantity of buildings needed to be conserved. However, individual preservation is not preferred without the consideration of sustainable development. Technical issues such as the change of construction materials and techniques should also be considered during the process of conservation.


• Richard A. ENGELHARDT (UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok):

Since modern cities are losing the unique character of their built environment, mAAN has dedicated to work for the validation of modern Asian architecture, which is based on the following three pillars: research, preservation and revitalization, which are also the core meaning of the UNESCO's "World Heritage Convention". The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards are set up to stimulate more creative uses of the rich legacy of built stock. Most importantly, preservation related to urban conservation must be more than the restoration of individual buildings. It must aim at the conservation of the entire urban fabric.


• Roland SILVA (ex-International Chairman of ICOMOS, Sri Lanka):

The objectives of this conference are: To assist the planned application for inclusion of Macau in UNESCO's List of World Heritage; to raise the public awareness of Macau's built heritage and to identify possible historical buildings to be preserved; the formation of mAAN as an example. The following questions should be solved:
1. What is the definition of "modern"? A commonly agreed definition should be achieved
2. What is the geographical boundary of Asia? Asia is an extremely large continent with many countries, each with its own historical background. The meaning of "modern" is different in various locations.


• Kunyan DENG (Architect, Shanghai):

Shanghai is a fast-changing metropolitan city. The area along the Suzhou River was once the commercial centre of old Shanghai. After generations of transformation, many buildings are left unattended or used as warehouses only. With the two examples shown in the meeting (his office and apartment), it is suggested that buildings can be preserved through minimal alteration to incorporate new uses while maintaining its own character.

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