The Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) is an updated heritage management approach based on the recognition and identification of a layering and interconnection of values – natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international as well as local – present in any city. It is also based on the need to integrate the different disciplines for the analysis and planning of the urban conservation process, in order not to separate it from the planning and development of the contemporary city.

Following an international Expert Meeting that was organized by WHITRAP in Shanghai, in October 2012, a ‘Road Map’ was developed and a HUL implementation programme established. In association with the World Heritage Centre, WHITRAP’s HUL implementation programme covers the Asia-Pacific region as well as other geo-cultural regions of the world. The December 2014 International Symposium aims to bring together the implementing agencies and partners, as well as interested professionals from China and abroad, to take stock of progress made in HUL implementation in a diverse range of contexts.

The International Symposium will be preceded by a concise Training Course open to international professionals. Participants in the training course will automatically register for the international Symposium, which is offered by WHITRAP as a package, in order to benefit from the training by enabling to follow the international projects and debates.


7–10 December 2014.


As space is limited, we recommend registering early, as we will operate on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis. Submission application form: September 25, 2014.

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Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China

The World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)

All correspondence concerning the Training Course or the International Symposium should be addressed in English to: