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International Heritage Conference: Call for Papers

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The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, UK are currently organising an international heritage conference which will take place at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site in July 2017.

BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

Dates: 6-10 July 2017

Location: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK

Second Call for Papers Deadline: 16 January 2017

About: Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.

Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:

  • The materials and technologies of bridges – the heritage of form and function
  • National and local iconographies of bridges
  • Narratives of bridge construction and destruction
  • Communities united and communities divided by bridges
  • Poetics of the bridge – representing the bridge in art, literature and film
  • Love and death on the bridge
  • The language of the bridge – metaphors and meanings in social life
  • Touring bridges – travel narratives and tourism economies
  • Alternative bridge crossings – tunnels and ferries

Please see the website for full details and call for papers.

Web Link: https://bridgeconference.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
Organisers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Contact: Hannah Stretton, Ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 

Transfer of Development Rights by Iskandar Razak

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TDR allows for the transaction of development potential from one plot to another.

This talk surveys the evolution and current utility of what began at the turn of last century as unlegislated private transactions in New York City to a prescribed public city-planning tool for various aims including the preservation of heritage around the globe.

Both private and public application have evolved along separate trajectories; the former, aided by building technology, was concerned with end development gain whist the latter sought to harness the former in achieving broader city preservation remits or else environmental and habitability goals.

Recent private TDR application in New York has seen the creation of new building forms Printthat have proven highly contentious whilst public application has evolved into Special Transfer Districts such as the one that contains the New York High Line driven towards the preservation of a cultural/heritage area yet unable to create the conditions for variable built form as the latter. This research looks to potentials for merging concepts in pursuit of preservation in cities whilst allowing variability of age, density and of built form.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

iSKANDARIskandar Razak is an architect who has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and London. He received his architectural education in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and the Architectural Association in London. This talk is based upon observations in practice in Mumbai and subsequent research performed in Auckland for a Masters paper on the subject.


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SAVE MY HERITAGE INITIATIVE #SMHI by BADAN WARISAN MALAYSIA

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Save My Heritage Initiative (#SMHI) is a platform created by Badan Warisan Malaysia to extend our message of heritage appreciation and conservation and to promote the significance and value the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Malaysia.

Working with cultural practitioners, heritage professionals and educators, #SMHI will introduce a varied programme with opportunities for people of all ages from school children, students, academics, professionals and the general public to participate in, and enhance their understanding and knowledge of our heritage. Activities will include talks and lectures, walks and visits to heritage places, training workshops, seminars and events for a wide audience to better understand and be involved in caring for their heritage.

Badan Warisan Malaysia has been championing our nation’s built and cultural heritage since 1982. Our role has been that of a civic trust, building preservation advocate, heritage consultancy and charitable institution with the mission to Educate, Engage and Empower our fellow Malaysians.

To complement and amplify our objectives we will soon launch a new website called SAVEMYHERITAGE.ORG which is an informative and interactive platform where the public can identify heritage assets under threat and generate support for them.

The series of talks and live presentations around the theme Save My Heritage will kick off on 30 July 2016 with Restoring Fort Alice by Ar. Mike Boon. 

Archipelago: A Journey Across Indonesia

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ianburnetis2“Archipelago: A Journey Across Indonesia”

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago nation comprising as many as 17,000 islands spread over the same distance as Los Angeles to New York, or Perth to Sydney. Indonesia is also the most culturally diverse nation on the planet. Travelling by bus, plane, train, ferry, boat, car and motorcycle from Java to Timor, Ian Burnet sets out on a journey across the archipelago to discover this rich

“Archipelago: A Journey Across Indonesia” describes how the early Malays came to these islands and the influence of the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali. This book also explores the heritage of the Indians, Chinese and the Arabs, the rise of Islam and the introduction of Christianity to these lands.

About the Author

Ian Burnet grew up in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia and graduated with a degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne. He first went to work in Indonesia in 1968 as a young geologist and became fascinated by the diverse cultures and rich history of the archipelago. Ian Burnet’s book, Spice Islands, tells the 2000 year history of the spice trade from the Moluccas of Eastern Indonesia through China, India and the Middle East until the spices reached Europe. His second book East Indies begins in the port city of Malacca, and tells the story of the 200 year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for trade supremacy in the Eastern Seas.

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THIS KUL CITY- A CAPITAL IDEA! FOUNDING KUALA LUMPUR

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PrintFrom Naming Kuala Lumpur, THIS KUL CITY brings you FOUNDING KUALA LUMPUR. Three speakers will give you three different perspectives of prominent personalities who played a part in the formation of Kuala Lumpur, from a muddy town to a world-class city it is today.

The talk starts with Kaki Jelajah Warisan giving us their interpretation of Yap Ah Loy through vivid illustrations.

Then, Santa Kumari, great granddaughter of Thamboosamy Pillay relives his presence through photos, memories and experiences.

Finally, Faisal Rahman gives us an insight into the three Sultan’s whose exploits, actions and efforts paved the way to modern Kuala Lumpur.

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THIS KUL CITY: A CAPITAL IDEA! NAMING KUALA LUMPUR

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tkc capital instaKuala Lumpur’s history is evident in its street names, both past and present. Roads such as Ampang Street, Batu Road, Petaling Street, and Pudoh Road were named after the tin mining villages that these roads led to while names such as Abraham, Foss, Horley, Marsh, Peach, and Shaw pay tribute to educators whose legacies stand till today.

Join independent researchers, Mariana Isa and Maganjeet Kaur, and discover the stories behind the early streets in Kuala Lumpur, from 1889 until 1921. Their upcoming book, Kuala Lumpur Street Names is an enclclopedic A-to-Z which explores the stories behind more than 1,500 street names, and provides a fascinating new perspective on KL’s evolution over the years.

About the Speakers:

Founders of Heritage Output Lab, Mariana Isa and Maganjeet Kaur are independent researchers of Malaysian and Southeast Asian history. As heritage enthusiasts, they are actively involved
in organising activities and projects to promote local history and heritage in Kuala Lumpur. Through Heritage Output Lab, they provide research-based services to organisations and individuals requiring further background for print, audio and film projects. Researching Kuala Lumpur’s street names is a personal interest over the past three years. Mariana received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and an MSc. in Conservation of Historic Buildings from University of Bath. Maganjeet holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and an MSc. in Information Technology from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

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