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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

What participants say about the workshop:


From Ratana SOUN, a fourth year student at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Royal University of Fine Art, Cambodia, and part time architecture tour guide in Phnom Penh:

It was my pleasure for me, Ratana Suon, to attend this symposium. It was such a very good experience and good chance for me to absorb more knowledge as an architecture and urbanism student and also a great opportunity to exchange experiences between Asian Cities.

Experiences made in Penang are very good tactics and strategies that could be applied in Phnom Penh. The most interesting points that I am really interested in is the campaign to make people love their own heritage by providing knowledge and encouraging people of all ages from the youngest to the oldest. Simple but strong strategies applied with the children are very amazing. All these points have not been tried out yet with the children in Cambodia. In addition, I got many good ideas which are really useful for conservation of urban heritage. Besides many interesting presentations, the stay in Penang itself gave me a lot of experiences, such as viewing peoples' life style, tasting amazing gastronomies, and getting new ideas of architecture and urban stuff.

The presentation on Nara, Chiang Mai and Phuket cities were all something that should be noticed to apply in Phnom Penh. The five cities, Penang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Nara and Phnom Penh are facing similar problems even though some cities are confronted with more and some fewer problems. What has been done in Chiang Mai, such as using religious belief as the way of spreading idea or passing the message efficiently and effectively to the people will possibly be very practical in Cambodia since from my point of view the ways Cambodian and Thai people perceive things are very similar.

Hence, I can say I learned a lot from this symposium. It was not only the knowledge on Urbanization that I got from these three days in Penang but also leaning to build up my confidence and other useful skills. Rather. It was not just good for me but it was crucial for my city, Phnom Penh, since this seminar has made Phnom Penh no longer seem like an isolated and fragile city when facing the problems of endangered urban heritage. In the future I hope that the network between these cities will be sustainable and tied strongly together in promoting the survival of all precious urban heritages in all Asian cities.

Finally I would like to say thanks you very much to Japanese Foundation and Institute for Cultural Enterprise who sponsored me and gave me this chance and especially let me say thank you to Irene who have organized everything.
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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

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