International Conference in Berlin
Posted by Andre on 14 Dec 2007 at 4:33 PM
The old and the new in Lhasa (J. Mueller)With support from the EU, a program to investigate the issues of sustainable preservation of the heritage of Tibet seeks to evaluate adequate methodologies to preserve aspects such as Tibet’s ancient architecture, its traditional cities and its monastic art was launched by ASIA Onlus in cooperation with Tibet Heritage Fund and Cicsene. Activities launched under this program include seminars and exhibitions in Italy and Germany, and publications of the results.
To bring these topics to a conclusion, THF is organizing an international conference in Berlin from December 4-6 2007. This will be a forum 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 is 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, focuses on themes related to architecture and planning. The second day, held at Humboldt University, focuses on the relation between Tibetan material culture and development.
There is also an exhibition, Exploding City Lhasa: Urban Development on the Roof of the World, shown in the foyer of the Main Building, Humboldt University, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin (see our report with pictures).

1st Day: Tuesday December 4th, 2007
University of Technology, Faculty VI,
Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Straße des 17. Juni 135, Room A111
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)
13.30: Lunch break
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)
16.00: Coffee/Tea Break
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)
18.00: Dinner
20.00: Die Wandmalerien von Tholing (Slideshow Lecture/ Video)
—Isabel & Balz Baechi-Stiftung
at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Zentralasienseminar, Invalidenstrasse 118, (S Nordbahnhof/U Zinnowitzer Str.) 5. Level, Room 507

2nd Day: Wednesday December 5th, 2007
Humboldt University, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal
10.00: Opening Address
—Prof. Dr. Toni Huber (Central Asian Seminar, HU Berlin)
10.15: From Temple to Commodity: Tibetan Monasteries and Chinese Tourism
—Dr. Mona Schrempf (HU Berlin)
11.00: Coffee/Tea Break
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)
12.45: Lunch break
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 (ASIA)
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)
16.15: Coffee/Tea Break
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)
19.30: Dinner
(program and abstracts download)

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