Dear CIVVIH colleagues,

The Scientific Symposium of CIVVIH Asia-Pacific Sub committee will be held from November 14th to November 16th, 2019 in Beijing, China. With the great support of CIVVIH, the symposium will be organized by CIVVIH Asia-Pacific Sub-committee, ICOMOS China, Tsinghua University School of Architecture, and Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute.

The theme of the Symposium is Conservation and Renewal of Historic Urban Areas –Approaches to Sustainable Management for Historic Urban Landscape.

There will be five sessions on November 14th and 15th to discuss the preservation of historic urban areas in terms of theoretical research of Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), and methods as well as practice of the sustainable management of HUL for the benefit of Asian-Pacific region. An optional field trip will be held in the World Cultural Heritage site, Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples in Chengde, Hebei Province, on November 16th, 2019. Detailed schedule and conference information can be found in the attached Symposium Introduction.

Nowadays, a large number of Asian-Pacific countries are going through the most rapid urbanization. As a result, heritage sites, especially historic urban areas, are increasingly threatened by urban sprawl. Under the current circumstance, HUL can be a useful perspective to inspect and solve the conflicts between urban growth and heritage preservation, and an effective tool to manage the construction and demolition in and around urban heritage sites.

Considering your outstanding position and achievements in the preservation of historic towns and villages, we sincerely invite you to the Symposium. We believe our colleagues have gained rich experience from research and practical work in terms of the interpretation and implementation of HUL. The experience and opinions can contribute a great deal to our Symposium and Sub-committee, and the preservation of historic towns and villages in and outside Asian-Pacific region. Therefore, we eagerly encourage you to sign up for presentation during the Symposium to share your knowledge with the participants if you believe your recent research is relevant to the theme of the Symposium and is beneficial for the Asian-Pacific region.

This is a pre-registration notification. If you are interested in attending and can confirm your attendance at this point, please send the registration form (please include a potential topic if you would like to bring a presentation) as well as the scan of the personal information page on your passport to before August 15th, 2019. If you are not certain about your schedule yet, there will be follow-up notifications to inform the later registration time during which you are still welcome to register. However, if you need an official invitation letter from us to apply to Chinese Visa, we suggest you to register by August 15th, 2019 to allow enough time to process the visa application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. WEI Ran,

Thank you for your support and cooperation! We are looking forward to seeing you in Beijing this November!

Kind regards,

WEI Ran on behalf of ZHANG Jie

Professor, Tsinghua University

Vice President, CIVVIH

President, CIVVIH Asia-Pacific Sub-committee