Old Cities, New Challenges
A Course for Urban Conservation in Southeast Asia
September 29 – October 6, 2018
The Getty Conservation Institute is pleased to announce, Old Cities, New Challenges 2018 (OCNC18), the first in a new series of courses for urban conservation in Southeast Asia presented in collaboration with Think City.
OCNC18’s primary objective is to improve urban conservation practices in Southeast Asian cities by providing participants with a fuller understanding of conservation methodologies and effective, practical tools and techniques for the conservation of historic places in urban contexts. The curriculum for this course derives, in part, from the GCI's previous courses in the region.
The course will be highly interactive—formal presentations will be complemented by group discussions and exercises at historic sites in Penang. A values-based approach to heritage conservation will be emphasized. Participants will share their experiences regarding heritage conservation challenges in their respective cities.
Topics to be addressed include:
Examination of international approaches, including Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)
Documentation of tangible and intangible heritage assets, including cultural mapping
Defining cultural significance of historic places, resulting in a statement of significance
Heritage economics, related to cultural capital and sustainability
Infill development in historic areas
Goals, strategies and components of an urban conservation plan, resulting in participants’ drafting a plan for a specific site
An experienced team of mentors will share their practical expertise related to the conservation of historic places in urban contexts, including:
David Logan, Architect; founder and partner of GML Heritage, Sydney, Australia
Laurence Loh, Architect; founder and principal of Arkitek LLA, Penang, Malaysia
Christian Ost, Heritage economist; professor, ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
Janet Pillai, Sociologist; specialist in community participation and cultural mapping, Malaysia
Yongtanit Pimonsathean, Architect and urban planner; professor at Thammasat University, Thailand
Elizabeth Vines, Architect and adjunct professor, University of Hong Kong
Jeff Cody, Architectural historian and Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
The course is designed for up to twenty-five mid-career professionals, including architects, urban planners, members of nongovernmental organizations, or those working in public or private practice, confronting conservation challenges within the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The course language will be English.
The fee for this course is RM 3000 (approximately US$ 700), which includes eight night’s hotel accommodations in Penang, training materials, lunches and several dinners. A limited number of scholarships will be available to participants who need financial assistance. An optional, two-day post-course field trip will be offered for an additional fee.
Please complete the application and supporting materials according to the instructions below. Applicants should prepare information in advance and be ready to complete, save, and email the form and additional documents in one sitting.
Step 1: Download the PDF application form to your computer.
Step 2: Rename the PDF file using your last name as the file name (example: Smith.pdf).
Step 3: Open the application form in Acrobat Reader* only. Do not complete the form from within any browser window (Chrome, Safari, etc.) or in Preview (Mac users), as it will not be fully functional.
Step 4: Complete the form; save it. Email the application from and supporting materials (CV), to OCNC18@getty.edu with "OCNC 18 Application" in the subject line. Do not use the submit button.
Deadline for submission: April 15, 2018.
Final selection of applicants will be made according to the eligibility criteria outlined above by May 2018.
If you have questions about the course, the application process, or require additional information, please contact OCNC18@getty.edu.
Page updated: January 2018