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Point of Balance

image006Session 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.

Conference Session at Dubai World Trade Centre
Conference Session at Dubai World Trade Centre
Craftsmen at the Conference Exhibition
Craftsmen at the Conference Exhibition
A Historic Photograph of Dubai settlement at AL-Khor (Dubai Creek)
A Historic Photograph of Dubai settlement
A traditional house recreated in Al-Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood
A traditional house recreated in Al-Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood
Alley ways recreated in the Al-Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood
Alley ways recreated in the Al-Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood
Self Explanatory!
Self Explanatory!
Remains of the historic city wall
Remains of the historic city wall
Traditional wind tower - 'Barjeel'
Traditional wind tower – ‘Barjeel’
Historic Fort - Now Dubai Museum
Historic Fort – Now Dubai Museum

View of contemporary Dubai from Burj Khalifa - Presented by the conference hosts with equal pride
View of contemporary Dubai from Burj Khalifa – Presented by the conference hosts with equal pride

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