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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

Coordinating and Participating Organizations

Nara & Chiang Mai Coordination
Masahiro MURO, Ichiro IWAI
Nara Machizukuri Centre
DUONGCHAN Apavatjrut Charoenmuang,
Urban Development Institute Foundation

Masahiro Muro, chairman, Nara Machizukuri Centre receiving a souvenir from Dr. Duongchan and her colleagues from the Urban Development Institute Foundation, Chiangmai.

Penang coordination
KHOO Salma Nasution, Lestari Heritage Network
Magdeline LEONG, HO Sheau Fung, Penang Heritage Trust
Irene LEUNG, Institute for Cultural Enterprise

Phnom Penh coordination
Geoff PYLE, Sang Salapak

ARTS-ED, Penang

A project of the Penang Educational Consultative Council, ARTS-ED is a creative initiative that empowers young people to explore and discover their cultural and historical identities in a diverse 'living and changing' heritage. Anak-anak Kota (Children of the City) uses creative arts initiatives, to raise awareness of the meaning and significance of heritage-herewith defined as inherited architecture, ecology, human settlement, trades, craftsmanship, language, custom, foods etc. The project targets children, aged 10-16 from diverse communities (Indian, Chinese and Malay) and schools within the inner city of Georgetown Penang, and attempts to empower these young people to explore and understand how their identity is rooted in their heritage. Through experiential projects these children access a different kind of entry into the "learning process", to complement what they are already going through in their formal education in schools.

Institute for Cultural Enterprise, New York
ICE, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, was founded in 2000 to promote cultural entrepreneurship around the world. ICE works to: strengthen cultural policy and management research through knowledge-building efforts; stimulate debate and actions to create an environment that fosters development and sustainability of cultural enterprises; promote the visibility of minority cultural enterprises; facilitate networking among cultural entrepreneurs through meetings and international cultural markets; and supports fellowships and training programs to encourage cultural entrepreneurs to experiment with innovative approaches to cultural entrepreneurship.

Lestari Heritage Network, Penang

Lestari, a Malay/Bahasa Indonesia word meaning 'to preserve and revitalize,' incorporates the Asia and West Pacific Network for Urban Conservation. The Network links urban conservation advocates, professionals, and practitioners from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific to share information on cultural heritage, building technology, urban forms as well as contemporary urban problems and challenges. Lestari's current focus is to promote local initiatives and encourage fledging organizations, linking local groups with international expertise.

Nara Machizukuri Centre, Nara

"Machizukuri" means community development activities for improving existing urban fabric in Japanese. Nara Machizukuri Center Incorporated Association is a non-profit organization organized by citizen's activities in Nara, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Japan.

It has been active for more than 20 years since its founding to conserve historic urban areas and to improve historic environments in Nara prefecture through the process of citizen's participation.

Nara Machizukuri Centre members
at 81 China Street.

With many of its members' direct participation we have been dealing with various projects:
• Revaluating the advantages of historic urban spaces in our town
• Revitalizing our town by making better use of historical resources
• Linking with the Yamato (the old name of Nara) Machizukuri Network which aims at making a linkage with many environmental conservation activities in Nara Prefecture
• Linking with international network for conservation movements (Asia and West Pacific Network for Urban Conservation)
• Conducting a project to prepare the basis for citizens' participation and to awaken citizen's interest for their towns.

Penang Heritage Trust, Penang

Formed in 1986, the Penang Heritage Trust is a registered charity and NGO dedicated to promoting Penang's cultural and built heritage. It organizes talks and workshops and publishes a monthly newsletter. It also organizes fundraising events such as street festivals and fairs. Amongst its many accomplishments are: identifying heritage sites and collecting local history; working with government authorities to promote Georgetown to be nominated to UNESCO's World Heritage List; supervised the restoration of the Carpenter's Guild, the guild temple of Penang's Cantonese artisans, and promoting the revival of craftsmanship; continuing the restoration and maintenance of a Christian cemetery; promoted community participation in the revitalization of historic Muslim endowment properties; and organizing public awareness programs such as talks and tours for local residents, visitors, and schoolchildren.

Sang Salapak, Phnom Penh

SangSalapak - Building Arts is an independent association of arts consultants specialising in culture and development, facilities planning and arts management. Based in Phnom Penh, it aims to support the arts in Cambodia through research and providing technical assistance and advice.

Urban Development Institute Foundation, Chiang Mai

Urban Development Institute Foundation was initially the Center of Chiang Mai Urban Development formed by scholars and interested individuals who interested in shaping and developing Chiang Mai. The foundation aims to study and research changes and problems in Chiang Mai areas. UDIF conducts research about Chiang Mai's urban problems, arranges meetings and seminars about appropriate solutions and policies for a sustainable city.

Urban Conservation Contacts


Masafumi FUJINO: nmc@m4.kcn.ne.jp
Toru HASEGAWA: pingu@m4.kcn.ne.jp
Ichiro IWAI: iwai@osaka.email.ne.jp
Takeyoshi JINNO: jinno-t@asahi.com
Ryotaro KATSURA: katsurar@ir.ritsumei.ac.jp
Masahiro MURO: muro-ghk@par.odn.ne.jp
Tachio NIJUKKEN nijukken@yahoo.co.jp
Shinji SHIGEMATSU: shigemat@nike.eonet.ne.jp
Daisuke TAKATA: tysayjp@ybb.ne.jp
Yosuke TEZUKA: y-tezu@kiyosumi.jp
Nara Machizukuri Center: nmc@m4.kcn.ne.jp


Khemro BENG: bhskhemro@yahoo.com
Sokol HOK: hsokol2002@yahoo.com
Geoff PYLE: geoff.pyle@mac.com
Sitho SIM: simsitho@yahoo.com
Ratana SOUN: sounratana@yahoo.com


Worawimon CHAIRUT: w_chairut@hotmail.com
Duongchan Apavatjrut Charoenmuang: duongchan@udif.or.th
Chaiyos Pinaradab: www.phuketbulletin.net
Pranee SAK: pranee81@yahoo.com
UDIF: cusc431@yahoo.com


Gwynn JENKINS: gwynn@tm.net.my
Joann KHAW: jsk_27@yahoo.com
Salma Nasution KHOO: areca@streamyx.com
Clement LIANG: Clement_Liang@dell.com
Gaik Siang LIM: limgspc@tm.net.my
Machiko NAKAYAMA: artbooks@tm.net.my
Rena NAKAYAMA: greenincity@yahoo.co.jp
Janet PILLAI: janetpillai@yahoo.co.uk
Yeow Wooi TAN: tywooi@streamyx.com
Yvonne TEH: yteh_agb@yahoo.com
Lestari Heritage Network: areca@streamyx.com

United States

Irene LEUNG: irene.leung.phd@gmail.com


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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