The Next 50: World Heritage as a source of resilience, humanity and innovation
From 11 June to 16 November 2022, WHITRAP Shanghai will organize a series of 6 monthly online thematic World Heritage Dialogues (including a WHITRAP Herit-AP Chat in July), co-organized by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) Tongji University (Shanghai, China) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted on 16th November 1972 by the General Conference of UNESCO.
The first Dialogue scheduled on 11 June from 15:00-17:30 Beijing time (7:00-9:30 UTC) will focus on World Heritage and Quality of Life.
The WHITRAP Shanghai World Heritage Dialogues are knowledge-sharing thematic roundtable discussions aiming to showcase and discuss the conservation and management of World Heritage sites, the strength and relevance of the Convention and the ways to achieve a better linkage between conservation and development. Each Dialogue will address a specific theme and invite members of the World Heritage Community from the Asia Pacific Region as well as other regions of the world to compare approaches and lessons learned. They will contribute to imagining the Next 50: World Heritage as a source of resilience, humanity and innovation.
As a UNESCO Category II Institute, sharing challenging and successful examples of managing World Heritage is at the heart of WHITRAP’s mandate to facilitate cultural exchanges and communications, and provide local experiences of implementing and developing the World Heritage Convention
These Dialogues are part of CAUP Tongji University and WHITRAP’s activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention as well as the 40th anniversary of China’s Famous Historical and Cultural City List and the 70th Anniversary of CAUP Tongji University, and the Tongji Planning Centennial. The commemoration activities also include an online international conference World Heritage and Urban-Rural Sustainable Development: Resilience and Innovation (15-16 November 2022) and an offline and online public exhibition World Heritage Cities: Past, Present and Future (16 to 30 November 2022). The outcomes of the World Heritage Dialogues will be presented at the international conference. All the Dialogues will be included in CAUP’s academic lectures program and WHITRAP’s training activities, which will be accessible to the public.