As part of the European Commission funded program carried out in cooperation with the Italian NGO A.S.I.A., THF organized an international conference in Berlin December 4-6 2007. This was an opportunity to discuss and define parameters and strategies for intervention in the Himalayan areas, addressed to experts working in the fields, policy makers, donor institutions and the general public. An additional intention was to provide ideas for expansion of existing EU-Asia cooperation in the field of cultural heritage and sustainable development of historic cities. The first day, held at University of Technology, focused on themes related to architecture and planning. The second day, held at Humboldt University, focused on the relation between Tibetan material culture and development (download the flyer).
A number of speakers have submitted their papers, these can be dowloaded directly where indicated below, abstracts available here.

The program:

1st Day: Tuesday December 4th, 2007, University of Technology, Faculty VI
11.00: Opening Address: Prof. Peter Herrle (Habitat Unit TU Berlin) and Andre Alexander, (THF and TU Berlin)
11.15: Changing Ladakh - Observations 1976 and 2007
— Prof. Peter Herrle (TU Berlin)
12.00: Sustainable Design with Local Technologies in Developmental Context
—Dr. Kere (Burkina Faso; TU Berlin)
12.45: Himalayan Cities in Need: Best and Worst Practice in Urban Development
—Andre Alexander (THF und TU Berlin)

14.30: Modern Tibetan Architecture in Exile
—Tenzin Nyandak (New Delhi School of Architecture and Planning)
15.15: Do the Wrong Thing. Some Remarks on the Architectural History of the Former Sacred Compound of Nyarma and Current Construction Activities
—Dr. Gerald Kozicz
(TU Graz)
16.15: New Settlements in Qinghai in the Area of the Three River Sources
—Jarmila Ptackova
(HU Berlin)
17.00: Western Techniques of Restoration Developed in a Tibetan Environment
—Luigi Fieni (University of Torino)

2nd Day: Wednesday December 5th, 2007
Humboldt University, Main Building
10.00: Opening Address
—Dr. Mona Schrempf (Central Asian Seminar, HU Berlin)
10.15: From Temple to Commodity: Tibetan Monasteries and Chinese Tourism
—Dr. Mona Schrempf (HU Berlin)
11.15: The New Railway for Tibet: the impacts on historic towns
—Stefania Giannetti (HU Berlin)
12.00: The Snake Temple behind the Potala - Problems of Conservation
—Erberto Lo Bue (Bologna)
14.00: Aesthetic treatment and the problem of the image status –
Experience from Romania and Ladakh
—Anca Nicolaescu (Restauro Art Group, Bucuresti)
14.45: Conservation of Tibetan Mural Paintings: the Case of Galenteng
—Sara Scioscia
15.30: Controlling Rivers and Mountains in Central Tibet: The New Shortcut from Lhasa to Gongkar Airport and its Consequences for Local Residents
—Diana Altner (HU Berlin)
16.45: The Evolution in Reglementation of Cultural Heritage in the Tibetan Regions of the PRC (1991-2007)
—Heather Stoddard
(CNRS Paris)
17.30: Restoring Buddhist Mural Paintings: the Cooperation of the FH Erurt University of Applied Sciences in Ladakh
—Prof. Landmann and Jovana Glass
(TFH Erfurt)
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