June 2018

MoU signed between WHITRAP Shanghai and the South East of Malta

On 20 June 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between WHITRAP Shanghai and the South East Region (Kumitat Regjonali Xlokk) in Malta for the implementation of the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation. Since then, the South East Region of Malta becomes a new pilot case of the WHITRAP HUL Pilot Cities Programme.

The South East Region of Malta is one of the five Maltese regions, located on the main island and borders Malta Majistral, the North Western Region. It is composed of 15 local councils and includes the nation’s capital city of Valletta. The geographic area is 34.3 Km2 with 96,316 resident base population. (Regjun Xlokk, Malta – City Scan Report 2015)

Currently the South East Region is developing various management and governance mechanisms through the compilation of an Action Plan following UN Global Compact Cities Programme (please refer to http://www.regjunxlokk.org/action-plan.html), which is also highly geared at the HUL. The South East Region also joined the League of Historic Cities (please refer to http://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/somu/kokusai/lhcs/). The main objective to implement HUL at this moment and launch the South East Region as Pilot Case is to develop further the HUL application through diagnostic and sustainability tools in an integrated framework, which may rich the experience of HUL application, especially in a high-density site with a high concentration of World Heritage Site, like the South East Region.


December 2017

A New Heritage Plan was adopted by the Ballarat City Council

The new Heritage Plan “Our People, Culture & Place: A plan to sustain Ballarat’s heritage 2017 – 2030” was adopted by the Ballarat City Council in December 2017. It recognises that the responsibility for heritage is shared, having been shaped by the local community, key stakeholders and across all departments of the City of Ballarat through focused conversations since 2013, as part of the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) program. Their priorities for sustaining Ballarat’s heritage, together with background studies into local opportunities for heritage have formed the basis of specific objectives and deliverables set out in the plan.

For more details, please visit: https://mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au/ballarat-heritage-plan


June 2017
The Application of the Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) in Cuenca - Ecuador.

As you may know, Cuenca (Ecuador)is a pilot city for the implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscapeand a MoU was signed between WHITRAP, Cuenca Municipality, and Universidad de Cuenca in 2015. For this, the Cuenca HUL Application Visionary Conference was held in 2015, and the outcome of the conference and the result of the research were put into a publication. Now this book is available – download here (9 MB).





June 2016
HUL Guidebook 2016

The HUL Guidebook is a practical guide to UNESCO's Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) and the result of a cooperation agreement between the project partners, signed in December 2015. It was launched at the League of Historical Cities 15th World Conference, in Bad Ischl, Austria, on June 7 2016. The Guidebook is now available - download here today (4mb pdf).
HUL Guidebook_2016_FINAL

December 2015
Asia-Pacific Region Training on HUL

The Asia-Pacific Region Training on HUL was held at the WHITRAP Shanghai offices between 14-17December 2015. Within the framework of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, this course aimed to reflect on the “what, why, and how”of the HUL approach, along with the latest developments in the field, as well as was pursued to strength and enlarge the specialist network for HUL in the Asia-Pacific Region.



During the four-day training programme, practitioners and specialists participated in lectures, a field visit to Tongli Town and a round table of discussion on the challenges and impacts of the HUL approach. These activities were led by Chinese, regional, and international experts in the field. Among others, Zhou Jian (Director of WHITRAP-Shanghai and Professor of Urban Planning at Tongji University), Francesco Bandarin (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture), Shao Yong (Executive Director of WHITRAP-Shanghai and Professor of Urban Planning at Tongji University), Han Feng (Director of Department of Landscape Architecture, Tongji University), Ken Taylor (Adjunct Professor at Australian National University), Cristina Iamandi (Conservation Architect and Urban Planning Consultant), Ana Pereira Roders (Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology), Susan Fayad (Coordinator Heritage Strategy for the City of Ballarat, Australia), Giulio Verdini (Co-Director of Research Institute of Urbanisation of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) and Harry Den Hartog (Professor at Tongji University), who presented the HUL approach and its tool Kit implementation. 
 Training Course Programme
 READER HUL Asia-Pacific Training Course

WHITRAP, Ballarat City and CRCAH signed a New MoU

WHITRAP, Ballarat City and the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History Federation University of Australia (CRCAH) signed an MoU in order to develop an HUL Implementation Guide that will assist local authorities to implement the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. This document will be published within the context of the forthcoming International League of Historical Cities to be held in Austria next July 2016.


Enjoy free access to the special 'Planning and Heritage Issue' of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development 
Only until January 5th, 2016!