Faculty of ArtsAustralian Institute of Art History

An International Conference to explore approaches to the preservation of urban built heritage, with a focus on Melbourne

City of Melboure 
Aerial view of Melbourne,
from South bank with the
National Gallery of Victoria
on St Kilda Road in the
foreground and Federation
Square across the river
on the right hand side.
┬ęThe National Gallery of Victoria

When: 29 September - 2 October 2014

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The Australian Institute of Art History, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts (School of Culture and Communication, and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies) the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, and the University Library hosted a conference on urban heritage, with a focus on Melbourne.

The aim of this three day conference was to bring together specialists from Australia and around the world to discuss issues concerning urban heritage, referencing their own experiences, approaches, opportunities, inhibitions, successes and disappointments, before an audience of both specialists and interested generalists.  The conference dedicated a day to the global experience, with an emphasis on Asia, and subsequently two days on Australia, with an emphasis on Melbourne.

In Melbourne we have recently experienced a growing community debate on urban planning issues, the role of the Minister for Planning, the role of the MCC, and the role of the property development sector. A major aspect of this civic discourse, which we felt requires greater discussion and understanding, is the protection of urban built heritage. The global focus was important for contextual reasons, but overall one of the aims of the conference was to engage in a serious discussion about some fundamental questions:

*    What are the key urban heritage issues, problems and solutions facing cities in the UK, the USA, and Asia?
*    What is the history of the urban heritage debate in Melbourne? 
*    What heritage and planning legislation do we have in place?
*    Are our legislative and planning processes still fit for purpose?
*    Why is there such disquiet in the community?
*    What can be done to improve and rationalise the traditional stand-off between the development sector and the heritage lobby?


Professor Andrew Saint (UK)
A senior advisor to English Heritage, and currently General Editor of the influential Survey of London (former Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University)

Dr Ron VAN OERS (China)
Vice Director, World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific (WHITRAP) under the auspices of UNESCO Shanghai CHINA

Matthew Hu Xinyu
Beijing Hutong Museum

The Rt Hon. The Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle

Professor Philip Goad

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Doug Hall

University of Melbourne and former Director of the Queensland Art Gallery

The Hon. Tim Smith
Chair, Accountability Round Table

Shane Green
Associate Editor, The Age

Professor Kate Darian-Smith
University of Melbourne

Andrew Andersons
Director PTW Architects, Sydney

Catherine Heggen
Message Consultants Australia Pty Ltd

Mary Drost

Professor Gerard Vaughan
University of Melbourne, conference convener

Rupert Mann
Yangon Heritage Trust 

Associate Professor Duanfang Lu
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney

Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor Graeme Davison
Monash University

Paul Roser
Senior Manager Conservation & Advocacy, National Trust

Ray Tonkin
Former Executive Director of Heritage Victoria

Brad Jessup
University of Melbourne

Limited Places
The AIAH was awarded a grant from the Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation, this generous funding enabled us to offer a limited number of free places for University of Melbourne staff, Victorian tertiary students and representatives from voluntary organisations.


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