Heritage, Globalization and the Built Environment (HGBE)
|Event Date/Time: Nov 29, 2004||End Date/Time: Dec 01, 2004|
|Registration Date: Sep 01, 2004|
|Early Registration Date: Oct 25, 2004|
|Abstract Submission Date: Jan 15, 2004|
|Paper Submission Date: Feb 10, 2004|
Cities are caught between opposing polarities of global and local, foreign and indigenous, cultural hybridisation and identity, acceptance and resistance, economic benefit and social and environmental integrity. Moreover, in the rush to acquiring a world city status, many important social, cultural and environmental aspects have been overlooked. In fact, the rising voices of anti globalization are becoming louder in different parts of the world, especially in international forums, because of widening gaps between north and south and between rich and poor, as well as increasing environmental problems and the loss of urban heritage and local identities. This is extremely important in the context of Muslim cities, where mounting pressures and challenges of globalization are threatening the survival of architectural heritage that has been the products of centuries of evolving civilizations.
In such a situation, an important question could be asked as to how the subversive impulses of globalization can be re-oriented towards rejuvenation of heritage values and revival of local identities in the built environment. It is becoming clear that recognizing and celebrating local heritage in a global world are important steps for more humane and sustainable built environments. Undeniably, this approach has serious implications on planning and architectural practices, and policies and investments. The conference organisers invite the scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and community organizations to debate this important topic and its complex issues. Papers should be original covering one or more of the listed themes/topics. However, the themes are listed as a guide rather than as an all-inclusive list.