International Symposium & Training Course on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)
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International Symposium & Training Course on the Historic Urban Landscape
Shanghai, 7–10 December 2014

The Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) is an updated heritage management approach based on the recognition and identification of a layering and interconnection of values – natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international as well as local – present in any city. It is also based on the need to integrate the different disciplines for the analysis and planning of the urban conservation process, in order not to separate it from the planning and development of the contemporary city. The Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, an international policy instrument adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference on 10 November 2011, is available at www.historicurbanlandscape.com

Following an international Expert Meeting that was organized by WHITRAP in Shanghai, in October 2012, a ‘Road Map’ for the application of the HUL approach in China was developed and a HUL implementation programme established. In association with the World Heritage Centre, WHITRAP’s HUL implementation programme covers the Asia-Pacific region as well as other geo-cultural regions of the world. The December 2014 International Symposium aims to bring together the implementing agencies and partners, as well as interested professionals from China and abroad, to take stock of progress made in HUL implementation in a diverse range of contexts.

The International Symposium will be preceded by a concise Training Course open to international professionals. The course programme aims to update professionals on the what, why & how of HUL with the latest developments in the field. It will last 2½ days, which will include 2 days of in total 8 training lectures (of 2½ hours each, divided between a lecture and a group discussion) and a half day site visit to one of the HUL project sites in China, i.e. the Hongkou district in downtown Shanghai. Participants in the training course will automatically register for the international Symposium, which is offered by WHITRAP as a package, in order to benefit directly from the training by enabling to follow the international projects and debates.
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