1) An Evening of Cultural Landscapes
Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No.
An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 20th July 2007
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
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
Dr Jane Lennon AM: Cultural Landscape Management
Kirsty Altenburg: Heritage Management of Chengde Cultural Landscape,
Pip Giovanelli: Cultural Landscapes in Local Government
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
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY - Burwood Campus
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
Tuesday 24th July
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
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
ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Vernacular
Annual Conference - Preserving Traditional Landscapes
ANNUAL CONFERENCE - PRESERVING TRADITIONAL LANDSCAPES
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
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
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
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
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
· Sub theme A: Traditional landscapes and vernacular architecture:
resource for cultural tourism
· Sub theme B: Benefits from preservation of cultural landscapes and
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- What are sustainable development measures that aid in the preservation
of traditional landscapes?
- Collaborative partnerships in favor of the preservation of traditional
- Use of traditional landscape and vernacular architecture as a resource
for cultural tourism
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTATIONS
- 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
For any questions, please contact the
ICOMOS PHILIPPINE COMMITTEE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.
I can also provide more information on the above projects together with
ELIZABETH VINES, Fund Coordinator
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
0414 408 792
Heritage Newsletter Issue 17: July 2007
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.
Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way
Also look at our first projects written and published in te Reo
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
Brenda Crozier, Living Heritage Project Manager and Fia Sandstrom Project
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