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A New Specialty Column in Magazine Promotes the Study of Heritage to Teenagers
From:WHITRAP Shanghai Author:YU Liqing  PublishDate:2011-10-25  Hits:5115

FIRST STAGE ACTIVITY

Purpose
1. To encourage and inspire team members to think about the “memory of the past” and how this relates to and is represented through architectural heritage.
2. To exchange knowledge related to architectural heritage.
3. To teach methods and skills for recognizing Architectural Heritage.
4. To facilitate cooperation and creativity among team members.
Plan
The activity revolves around two architectural sites in Shanghai. One is now located at 113 Qiao Road and is named “Xin Yuan” which means “Chinese Catalpa Garden”. It enjoyed a notable reputation in the 1920’s and 30’s. Another is located at 64 West Yan an Road and is named “Marble Mansion”. It is now a major part of the China Welfare institute for juniors.

Participants in the activities are divided into two "detective teams”. The first team is responsible for the story of the "Chinese Catalpa Garden" and the second team is is to uncover the history of the “Marble Mansion"’. There are five parts to this activity.

Part 1: Little Detective

Using clues provided by the teacher, the two teams will collect materials related to the architectural history behind the sites, designated as “gathering evidence” to grasp an overall knowledge of the history of the architecture. In order to ensure efficiency, the “detective teams" should share their work and help one another according to the clues provided.
After all data has been collected, the teams should start an internal discussion, summarizing the amusing or most interesting parts of the architectural stories, drawing conclusions as to their impressions of the architect. They should then choose one part of the building that they want to visit the most.
At the end of this part, the team members should fill out a “record” or "information card" for the buildings under the guidance of the teacher.

Part 2: Field Investigation

After the first step, each team is to meet at the architectural site they have been assigned to...
The first team will visit 113 Qiaojia Road, and will observe and record the current state of ‘’Xin Yuan” using photography, drawing, text and other means. The second team will visit 64 West Yan'an Road and use the same methods to describe the current condition of the "Marble House".
At the end of this part, all team members under the guidance of the teacher will complete the second file called the "status record card".

Part 3: Collective Learning and Teaching

After finishing the “detective missions”, the two "detective teams" should discuss and exchange information.
The first team should present to the second team the past and present of the "Catalpa Garden" while the second should introduce the “Marble Mansion" to the first. The form is diversified in order to stimulate the team members’ imagination and creativity. Self-directed stage play and-mini expositions will be welcomed.In addition, the two teams will discuss with each other their problems, solutions and remaining doubts regarding the above "gaining evidence" and "on-site investigation" parts, as well as the sharing of good experiences.

Part 4: Exchange Visits

After finishing the three parts above, the first team should visit the “Marble Mansion" and the second team the “Catalpa Garden" in an exchange to get a more “intimate contact” with the architecture after listening to the introduction. Then the two teams should evaluate each other for their respective advantages and disadvantages of the working method.

Part 5: Think and Talk

The final step is to inspire the team members to think and talk based on a good summary of the whole activity.
"Chinese Catalpa Garden" and the "Marble Mansion" both carry rich memories while their respective states are now in sharp contrast: one is forgotten by people, gradually fading in the collective memory while the other remains new and vibrant throughout the passage of time. This might raise the following questions worth thinking about:
1. What do the memories carried down by the two architectural sites mean to us? Can those memories be forgotten? Why and why not?
2. Can we choose to remember or to forget? If we choose to remember, how can we retain the remembered? Through which forms can that be transmitted?

Each team member should write down their thinking about the above questions in an essay (between 100 and 300 words) in addition to a speech explaining their own point of view. This might be followed by a group discussion later.

Activity Award:

The essays written by each team will be uploaded to the websites of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage training and Research Center (Shanghai) and China Junior Welfare Center. Among those, the best ones will be published in the "Young Pioneers Activities" magazine.

Tips: the “World Heritage Convention"

For the purpose of protecting cultural relics and natural environments which have been increasingly ignored and threatened or even endangered with the development of human civilization, UNESCO passed “the convention of the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage", simplified as the "World Heritage convention" on November 16, 1972. This is the most universal legal document in the field of heritage protection and also one of the conventions with the largest number of member states with more than 180 countries acceded. In 1985, China joined the" World Heritage convention". By the end of the thirty-fifth session of the World Heritage Convention on June 29, 2011, China has a total of 41 world heritage sites recognized.

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