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Workshops and seminars on Heritage preservation and Economic Development – HCMC, 3-11 September 2019

Workshops and seminars on Heritage preservation and Economic Development – HCMC, 3-11 September 2019

In order to achieve tourism ambition goals, sustainable growth, development of smart cities (such as HCMC by 2025), heritage preservation, urban planning, cultural identity must be the drivers for a change in mindset. This has to involve not only public authorities and the academia, but the private sector and public opinion as well. These were the themes discussed at the “Heritage Preservation and Economic Development” events held in HCMC from 3 to 11 September. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (ICHAM) and the architecture firm SCE – Asia Project, with the patronage of the People’s Committee of HCMC, UNESCO, the IUAV University of Venice and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Vietnam.

The event was articulated into a seminar led by Prof. Luigi Croce of IUAV Venice with HCMC students of the University of Architecture and the Van Lang University, and in two seminars. The whole discussion highlighted how the preservation of the cultural and architectural heritage, far from representing a nostalgic or conservative vision of historical memory, can reaffirm a common sense of belonging and become an essential part of the economic development for sectors such as real estate, hospitality and tourism.

The initiative culminated with two seminars, a technical one September 10th and a business one on September 11th. Moreover, the event was attended by students, professors, experts, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs and authorities, including Le Thanh Liem, Vice President of HCMC People’s Committee, Dr. Michael Croft, head of the Hanoi UNESCO office, Prof. Arch. Luigi Croce, Coordinator of the Master in Conservation and Cultural Sustainability at the IUAV University of Venice, the Arch. Luigi Campanale of SCE-Project Asia, Dr. Martino Melli, Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Hanoi.

The conference followed a similar event co-organized by SCE-Project Asia and the Italian Embassy in Hanoi last March, as a clear evidence of the consistent commitment by the “Sistema Italia” to support Vietnam in its strategies of cultural heritage.