Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 291

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Friday 20th July 2007

1)  An Evening of Cultural Landscapes
2)  Culture and Heritage in Times of Globalisation (Vic)
3)  CIAV: Annual Conference - Preserving Traditional Landscapes
4)  Streetwise Asia  Thanks for the Pre June 30 Donations
5)  Office accommodation available for rent (NSW)
6)  Living Heritage Newsletter  Issue 17: July 2007 (NZ)

1) An Evening of Cultural Landscapes

to be held at Old Canberra House, Acton
Wednesday 22 August 2007, commencing at 5.30pm with drinks

This is the International Year of Cultural Landscapes and Ken Taylor and Juliet Ramsay (members of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes) invite you to an evening of talks to raise awareness and stimulate discussion on this complex topic.

The talks will commence at 6pm.

Juliet Ramsay: Cultural Landscapes in 2007: a continuing challenge
Professor Ken Taylor: Cultural Landscapes in Asia and the Pacific
Marilyn Truscott: Intangible Heritage Value: new international initiatives
Dr Jane Lennon AM: Cultural Landscape Management
Kirsty Altenburg: Heritage Management of Chengde Cultural Landscape, China
Pip Giovanelli: Cultural Landscapes in Local Government Areas 

The evening is open to anyone interested in the topic.
Please RSVP to Juliet: phone 02 62363214 or email
There will be a charge of $5 per head ($3 for students)


2) Culture and Heritage in Times of Globalisation

Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Tuesday 24th July
from 4:30pm

Presenter: Prof. Marie-Theres Albert

World Heritage Studies Programme Director

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany

Professor Albert deals with the impact of globalisation on cultural heritage and with the homogenisation of cultural expression worldwide. The hypothesis is discussed that the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) could raise awareness of the need to protect cultural identities in this global context.

There is no entry charge and everyone is welcome

Venue: The Blue Room, Building B Room 2.20, Deakin University

For a map of the campus see .


Annual Conference - Preserving Traditional Landscapes

ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Vernacular Architecture  CIAV

2  8 December 2007, Banaue, Ifugao Province, Philippines

Traditional landscapes are a product of nature and people. They are inextricably linked with cultural traditions that make possible the creation of tangible cultural manifestations seen in architecture.

Some traditional associated landscapes associated are created through the interaction of man with nature. Others are produced within an urban context and some continuously exist in their traditional form to the present times, despite having succumbed to urban progress and modernization.

Unless touched by the influences of current global changes, most traditional landscapes that have been developed in natural environments persist in their original, traditional state. In this instance, the tangible cultural manifestations that are associated with these landscapes such as vernacular architecture are preserved in their original form.

In the context of the urban environment, the tangible traditional manifestations of traditional landscapes sometimes persistently retain their traditional form while the people and the culture associated with them develop into a different level of character. In some cases, despite the changes within their urban context, traditional landscapes survive by surprisingly evolving into new forms and functions that keep them viable in the light of their cultural significance.

In most cases however, unless these landscapes are located in remote, inaccessible areas, they ultimately disappear due to modernization, most especially with the present trends in urban development, tourism, culture change, technological advancements, and the changing global perspective.

The question is how traditional landscapes and vernacular architecture will be affected by ecological, cultural and technological changes that have taken effect in the 20th and the 21st century. How will traditional landscapes respond, adapt, or whether they will ultimately be forced to disappear in the light of 21st century realities? How does tourism impact on fragile traditional landscapes? What type of sustainable economic activity programs can give stakeholders incentive to preserve their landscape while using it as a resource for income generation?

The main theme of the conference is "The Preservation of Traditional Landscapes"

· Sub theme A: Traditional landscapes and vernacular architecture: resource for cultural tourism

· Sub theme B: Benefits from preservation of cultural landscapes and vernacular architecture

The location for the CIAV 2007 Annual Conference, in Banaue, Ifugao Province in the Philippines is appropriate since the site is one of the few places in the world where a continuing traditional landscape is preserved within the context of both the natural and cultural environment.

Three sites chosen for the conference case study are the World Heritage terrace clusters of Bangaan, Batad, and Mayoyao. In these sites are seen the cultural manifestations of traditional landscapes
in the ceremonies and rituals, in the traditional architecture, engineering, environmental practices, and in the agriculture practiced by the people, a true nature-culture continuum.

These sites, inscribed in the World Heritage List as the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, have been listed in the World Heritage In Danger List. In the most recent WH mission conducted on the property, actions and benchmarks have been set to remove it from the WH List in Danger, one of the more relevant actions being the "Immediate implementation of the Conservation and Management Plan, with focus on community based activities such as zoning and land use plans responding to traditional value systems and providing regulations over tourism and infrastructure development."

It is hoped that this meeting will generate information useful to the Philippine government in addressing issues related to the site. The outcome of the discussions on the topic of traditional landscapes and their sustainable use as a resource for cultural tourism could help
identify key issues and recommend solutions that lead to the realization of action plans resulting in achieving benchmarks set by UNESCO to remove the site from the World Heritage List in Danger.

Ifugao Province is among the more impoverished areas in the Philippines. It is further hoped that the meeting will improve the living conditions of the stakeholders by teaching conservation procedures to be undertaken by local residents, and that the traditional landscape they live in becomes a resource for sustainable cultural tourism programs.

ICOMOS Philippines invites CIAV members to participate in this event.
Following the Eger-Xian Principles and the spirit of encouraging cross-fertilization between ICOMOS Scientific Committees, ICTC members are invited to participate as observers and to contribute their expertise to the issues on hand. Other ICOMOS members and specialists concerned with this issue are also cordially invited to attend.

The following are the objectives of the conference/workshop:

- provide participants with a forum to exchange opinions and concerns on the issues pertaining to the preservation and management of traditional landscapes;

- based on issues and concerns presented related to the traditional landscapes of Ifugao, to elaborate on existing issues, concerns, strategies and action plans that address the preservation and management of Ifugao traditional landscapes, which could in turn help in the achievement of the benchmarks and recommendations of the WH Committee to remove the WH site from the WH List in Danger;

- to formulate a program that teaches the local community how to implement sustainable preservation methods and to use their traditional landscape as a resource for additional economic activity to alleviate poverty

- Case studies may discuss the following themes:

- Are traditional landscapes still viable in the 21st century?

- Development of traditional landscapes as a result of man's response in his adaptation to his natural or urban environment

- What are issues, concerns, and challenges regarding the preservation and management of traditional landscapes in the 21st century?

- What are sustainable development measures that aid in the preservation of traditional landscapes?

- Collaborative partnerships in favor of the preservation of traditional landscapes;

- Use of traditional landscape and vernacular architecture as a resource for cultural tourism



- A 1-page abstract is to be submitted on or before 1 September 2007-05-29, emailed to the Selection Committee at

- Notification of selection shall be made by 15 September 2007


- For selected presentations, a 10-page paper is requested to be submitted to the Selection Committee on or before 15 November 2007.

For any questions, please contact the



4) Streetwise Asia  Thanks for the Pre June 30 Donations

Thanks to all those who have donated to the Streetwise Asia Fund  you know who you are, and I am very grateful for the support!!!  The response has been very positive and we have now raised over $20,000.00 .  This will allow some actual project work to be undertaken, which has been identified in Laos in conjunction with a UNESCO field officer, Rik Ponne.  Conservation work on a community library and works at a schools complex are proposed using these funds.  Anthony Coupe, an ICOMOS EC member is going to Laos in September, to assist with scoping the project and preparing schedules of works with the locals, and I am very grateful to Anthony who is funding his own trip. 

For any of you who are still interested in contributing  however modest  I would be happy to hear from you.   The partner body Australind now provides the tax effective framework for donations.  My vision continues to be to put  the proceeds of my Streetwise Asia book to real conservation projects in Asia, to involve the local community in the process, particularly school children which both the above projects would do.  

For information on the fund and how to donate, please contact Elizabeth Vines at .  All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

I can also provide more information on the above projects together with photographs. 

ELIZABETH VINES, Fund Coordinator
July  2007


5) Office accommodation available for rent

A suite of offices is available for lease in the historic National Trust of Australia (NSW) property, Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney. Ideal for a small heritage / architectural practice or consortium. Limited parking available. Inquiries should be directed to Michael Minogue, Laing & Simmons Real Estate, Paddington
(02) 9362-3131,
0414 408 792



6) Living Heritage Newsletter  Issue 17: July 2007

Some highlights:

UNESCO awards
All schools with projects completed since the last awards in April 2004 were included in the judging for the UNESCO awards. The winners have been announced and they were presented with awards and $1000 cash for their schools as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s meeting in Christchurch on 25 June.

Check out the websites of the three award winners who are:
Living Heritage: Koru Pa
Students from Central School in Taranaki researched the history of Koru Pa in the Oakura area. The pa was built by the Mahanga Taiiru hapu of the Taranaki iwi around 1,000AD and abandoned in the 1820s.
Living Heritage: Rowi, Okarito Kiwi
Julie Wolbers from Franz Josef Glacier School, created this website for her students as part of her studies at Christchurch College of Education. Rowi (Okarito Brown Kiwi) are New Zealand's rarest kiwi living only in South Okarito Forest in South Westland.
Living Heritage: Watercress Tuna in Cannons Creek
Room 7 at Cannons Creek School created a website about a statue in their area  the eel from Patricia Grace's book Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street.

What’s New:
Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way
Also look at our first projects written and published in te Reo Maori:
Ko au
Toku Kura

Southland Rural Heritage Day
If you're from Southland remember that the Southland Heritage Trust is running it’s second Rural Heritage Day on Saturday 24 November 2007. For information about the event visit the website at

Best wishes
Brenda Crozier, Living Heritage Project Manager and Fia Sandstrom Project coordinator

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