UNESCO - The Palace Museum Workshop on Architectural Heritage Value Assessment

When :

from Sunday 3 November, 2019
to Saturday 9 November, 2019

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Suzhou, China

The UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office in cooperation with the Palace Museum and Chinese Society of the Forbidden City will co-organise the third capacity-building workshop for architectural heritage conservation professionals and administrators on value assessment from 3 to 9 November 2019 in Suzhou, China, within the project framework of UNESCO - China Youth Development Foundation Mercedes-Benz Star Fund FIT “Conservation and Management of World Heritage Sites in China” (Phase III, 2017-2020). This is a continuation of the workshop series on architectural heritage value assessment; the previous two workshops were organised in November 2017 and November 2018, respectively. It aims to raise awareness and develop capacities of conservation professionals on the topic of architectural heritage value assessment, so as to ensure more effective heritage conservation, interpretation and management.
The 7-day workshop will take place at the Classical Gardens of Suzhou World Heritage site. The workshop will gather 20 participants from 9 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China and from various professional backgrounds including scientific research institutions, colleges and universities, conservation organizations, and heritage site administrations. The average length of professional engagement with architectural heritage conservation is 10 years.

Recognizing that value assessment is an indispensable first step in heritage conservation, especially architectural heritage, the workshop will broaden the scopes of the subject, methodology and framework of value assessment, and adopt a combination of lectures, case studies, hands-on field practice, group work, and panel discussions. The workshop will cover the cognition, assessment, interpretation and management of heritage value. Placing emphasis on the conservation and value assessment of architectural heritage such as Suzhou Garden, the ancient city walls, architectures in the Forbidden City, etc., that have distinctive regional characteristics as welll as typical characteristics, the workshop will also explore value assessment in the cross-context of architectural heritage conservation practices in different countries such as China, the United States, France, and Italy. Jointly with the Suzhou Museum, the workshop will also hold a public lecture open to the general public, to raise awareness on architectural heritage and its outstanding values.