Session Theme : Cultural Tourism & Sustainability
Paper Presented : Sense & the City:
Contested Public Spaces in Historic City-Cores
Authors : GSV Suryanarayana Murthy & Abdul Bari
4th International Architecture Conservation Conference was hosted by Dubai city in February 2016. As paradoxical as it may sound, the event titled “Sustainable Heritage: Global Vision, Local Experiences” brought out some very intriguing discussions ranging from cultural heritage in conflict zones to community engagement in conservation efforts along with reflections on whose heritage is it really and what constitutes a community in context of international migration & urbanization. Participation was majorly from the Middle Eastern and North African regions with a few representations from Asia. Though, the broad challenges in the field of conservation remained relevant in all the diverse political, economic and cultural scenarios. The struggle to negotiate the optimal point of balance between conservation and development is a world phenomenon. It is poised to be an important frontier as communities seek to preserve and interpret their histories to secure a local identity in a globalized world.