The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards were launched in the year 2000, coinciding with the beginning of the new millennium, to address the two key questions underlying all heritage safeguarding: “What, of the vast and varied legacy of built heritage that we have inherited from the past millennium, do we wish to preserve into the next millennium to pass on to future generations?” and “What is the most effective way of protecting and ensuring the long-term survival of this irreplaceable inheritance?” In the more than two decades of the Awards programme, a total of 278 projects from across the length and breadth of the Asia-Pacific region have been selected to provide answers to these questions. Of these Award-winning projects, 83 are located in Hong Kong, Macao, and throughout the Mainland. In his presentation, Prof. Engelhardt–who founded and has served on the selection panel for the UNESCO Awards Programme – discusses how the Award-winning projects from China have defined and set new international standards of best practice in this high-profile profession, where preservation of the past meets – and not infrequently challenges – ingrained assumptions of development.
The event will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation from English to Cantonese available.
Prof. Richard A. Engelhardt
Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
Former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Ying Zhou
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Linda Shetabi
Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
7:00pm – 8:00pm
8:00pm – 8:30pm