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HCMC to host heritage preservation and economic development conference
Wednesday,  9/4/2019, 15:55 

HCMC to host heritage preservation and economic development conference

By Minh Tuan

Representatives of the organizers speak at a press conference on the event at the Consulate General of Italy in HCMC on September 3 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ICHAM

HCMC - A conference on heritage preservation and economic development will be held in HCMC on September 10-11, following the success of the first event in Hanoi in March.

The Heritage Preservation and Economic Development conference is jointly conducted by SCE Project Asia, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the Consulate General of Italy in HCMC to bring insightful knowledge of heritage preservation from numerous experts to the public in Vietnam.

The conference aims to raise the awareness of the importance of preserving the architectural heritage and reusing the existing building stock, heard a press conference at the Consulate General of Italy in HCMC on September 3.

This would be a very effective approach for future urban development by offering many competitive advantages, which help preserve and enhance the local cultural and social identity, contribute to the reduction of transportation and infrastructural costs, and ease the implementation of urban smart city management and concept.

The advantages also include positive contribution to the overall energy efficiency, creation of jobs and new economic activities, and promotion of sustainable tourism development.

Preserving the architectural heritage of a nation means better quality of life for everyone, as the architectural heritage is not only a romantic memory but it indeed can become a promise of future economic and social development.

The conference is structured in three different but coordinated events.

A design workshop will be held at the University of Architecture of HCMC, organized and taught by professors of IUAV University of Venice. The workshop is open to students and will consist of an urban design exercise on a crucial preservation issue.

A technical seminar will gather local and international experts to share experiences, techniques and technologies to make heritage preservation accessible to the local construction industry operators such as institutions, architects, engineers, students of technical faculties and contractors.

There will also be a business seminar on strategic investments in heritage preservation dedicated to local institutions and real estate developers where experts will illustrate the tangible and intangible advantages for those who invest in heritage projects.

The respected line up of speakers at the conference comprises key collaborative partners, as well as top international educators, researchers and practitioners. They include Dante Brandi, Consul General of Italy in HCMC; Michael Croft, head of UNESCO Hanoi Office; and Luigi Campanale, CEO of SCE Project Asia among others.

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