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The City as an Open Classroom: Diversity & Dynamism in Urban Conservation

Asian Heritage Cities Triangle project

8-10 January, 2006
Penang, Malaysia

Sponsored by Japan Foundation
with additional support from Institute for Cultural Enterprise

Urbanization is often seen as disruptive to the built environment as well as social, cultural, and economic life in historic cities. What are the strategies and tools that could address these challenges at civil society and governmental levels? Using George Town, Penang as a backdrop, this three-day workshop brings delegates from Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia to exchange best practices and lessons learned.


DAY 1: Sunday, 8 January

8:30 am meet @ City Bayview Hotel, Sri Nilam room, 2nd floor

Welcoming Remarks: KHOO Salma Nasution, Masahiro MURO, DUONGCHAN Apavatjrut Charoenmuang

8:45 am Introduction: Nara Machizukuri Centre, Toru HASEGAWA
9:00 am Introduction: Penang Heritage Trust, Dr. CHOONG Sim Poey
9:15 am Introduction: Asian Heritage Cities Grass-Roots Networking Project, Ichiro IWAI

10:00 am tea break

10:15 am Presentation [Penang]: Fragmented Streetscapes, Gwynn JENKINS
The city administration has undertaken upgrading of historic areas by investing in beautification programmes. Lack of proper planning and community involvement has meant compromised environments.

11:00 am-12:00 pm Guided tour: Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling)

12:00-1:30 pm lunch @ Edelweiss Cafe

2:00 pm meet @ Penang Teochew Association, Chulia Street

Presentation [Penang]: Best practices in preservation, LIM Gaik Siang
Strategies in restoration, community outreach, education, and cultural research for a Grade One restoration of the Teochew Temple, built in 1870.

2:45 pm Presentation [Penang]: Heritage Crisis: Koay Jetty, Clement LIANG
In 2004, massive land reclamation by the government at Koay Jetty threatened local Chinese Muslim minority and nearby mangrove habitat. Various NGOs point out how the planned development will add to the problems of over-congestion and poor living conditions in the area.

3:30 pm Guided tour: Teochew Temple, TAN Yeow Wooi

4:00 pm tea break hosted by Penang Teochew Association

4:30 pm Presentation [Phnom Penh]

5:00-6:00 pm Guided tour, Joann KHAW
options (a) Little India and the Gold Bazaar; (b) Chew Jetty

DAY 2: Monday, 9 January

8:45 am meet @ City Bayview Hotel lobby

Guided tour of heritage trails of Penang by ARTS-ED young facilitators
Anak-anak Kota (Children of the City) is a heritage education program that uses creative arts to raise awareness of the meaning and significance of heritage for young people.

12:30 pm lunch @ City Bayview Hotel

2:00 pm Presentation [Penang]: Balik Pulau, Janet PILLAI
A heritage education project for children ages 11-12 focusing on the mapping and interpretation of themselves, their families, and their town using photography as a medium.

2:30 pm Presentation [Chiang Mai]

3:00 pm Presentation [Phuket]

3:30 pm tea break

4:00-6:00 pm Open discussion:
Stakeholder mapping and community strategies in historic cities

7:15 pm out-of-town visitors meet @ City Bayview Hotel lobby to go to dinner

7:30 pm Dinner hosted by Penang Heritage Trust

DAY 3: Tuesday, 10 January

8:30 am meet @ City Bayview Hotel, Sri Nilam room (tea and snacks served)

Final presentations: Work plan proposals from each group-Nara, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, Phuket

Concluding Remarks: KHOO Salma Nasution, DUONGCHAN Apavatjrut Charoenmuang, Ryutaro KATSURA

11:00 am Delegates from Cambodia depart

Evening Dinner hosted by Nara Machizukuri Centre


The City as an Open Classroom: Diversity & Dynamism in Urban Conservation

Asian Heritage Cities Triangle project

8-10 January, 2006
Penang, Malaysia

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Programme Schedule

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Workshop Summary

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Delegates and Presenters

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Participating Organizations

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What participants say
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