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2013 UniSIM Contemporary China Public Lecture - Modern City & Cultural Heritage

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The 2013 UniSIM Contemporary China Public Lecture was held at Singapore Press Holding's News Centre Auditorium on 26 October 2013, under the theme "Modern City & Cultural Heritage: Conservation and Controversy". Prominent architect-scholars were invited to speak at the forum. They were Professor Emeritus Hsia Chu Joe of Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University; Professor Zheng Shiling, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director of Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning Studies, Tongji University, Shanghai. The dialogue session was chaired by Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

Professor Hsia shared the conservation project of the old Taipei prison, a movement that raises colonial modernity conservation issues related to controversy, designation, restoration and reuse. Professor Zheng traced the different phases of cultural heritage conservation in Shanghai since its founding as a port city, as well as the unique system it has developed over the years in preserving architectural heritage. Professor Heng, in his concluding remarks, shared the efforts that Singapore put in preserving significant historic buildings.

Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Lim Jim Koon presented souvenirs to the 3 speakers at the end of the public lecture. This event was jointly organised by UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies, Lianhe Zaobao, Business China, and sponsored by Lee Foundation. It attracted a turnout of about 300 people.


2013新跃当代中国讲座--都市文化遗产保护:去留与得失


2013新跃当代中国讲座于10月26日假报业中心礼堂举行。这次的讲题是“都市文化遗产保护:去留与得失”。邀请的主讲嘉宾有来自台湾大学建筑与城乡研究所终身名誉教授夏铸九;上海同济大学建筑与城市空间研究所所长,同时也是中国科学院院士郑时龄教授。讲座由新加坡国立大学环境与设计学院院长王才强教授担任主持。

夏教授以争取保存台北监狱(日本殖民时期的台北邢务所)为例,重思了殖民现代性保存所涉及的对遗产保存的争议、指定、修复、以及再利用的种种课题。郑教授则从上海自开埠以来的建筑文化遗产保护经历,探索上海在这方面的特殊机制和技术。由王教授主持的问答时间,获得了观众的踊跃提问。王教授在总结时分享了新加坡在保留具代表性的建筑物方面所作的努力。

大会结束前,报业控股华文报集团总编辑林任君先生颁发纪念品给三位演讲嘉宾。此次讲座是由新跃中华学术中心、联合早报、通商中国联办,李氏基金赞助,共吸引了约300人出席。

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