Heritage, Globalization and the Built Environment (HGBE)

Venue: GULF HOTEL, Kingdom of Bahrain

Location: Manama, Bahrain, Bahrain

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
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In a global age, cities around the world are experiencing dramatic changes and are facing serious challenges and problems. Liberalization of trade and revolutionary innovations in the fields of communication technology, finance and management have diminished distances and increased flow of goods, people, money and information. All these have not only affected how people live, think and interact, but also have implications on urban spaces especially in traditional areas, and in land and infrastructure developments. High-rise buildings and real estate developments, industrial and free trade zones, tourists and shopping facilities have been mushroomed to attract multinational corporations and to secure a share of the international market expansion. Consequently, global signs, images, products and practices have become dominant in our cities increasingly competing with local norms, values and processes.

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.


GULF HOTEL, Kingdom of Bahrain

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CONFERENCE THEME AND TOPICS The Built Environment in a Global Age Addressing the Imbalance and Distortion Promoting Heritage in a Global Era