HUL Ballarat Symposium 2015

    IMAGINE BALLARAT EAST: A new local area plan for Ballarat East, driven by the local community


    Revitalising Historic Cites: Participate, Imagine, Innovate

    2nd International Symposium on UNESCO's Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, Ballarat - 20 & 21 February 2015.

    Hosted by the City of Ballarat, Federation University Australia’s Centre for Regional Innovation and Competiveness (CRIC) and Deakin University’s Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), in conjunction with the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific (WHITRAP) in Shanghai.

    Drawing together international, local speakers and expert participants including Dr Ron van Oers (Vice Director WHITRAP) and Dr Rohit Jigyasu (UNESCO Chair Professor Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto) the symposium included multidisciplinary sessions on a range of Historic Urban Landscapes (HUL) themes and issues over two days. The symposium included a public event on Saturday 21 February, for community members to discuss their vision with experts and practitioners for the future of Ballarat and change in their local areas. The Historic Urban Landscapes website, also the result of collaborations between the City of Ballarat and Federation University Australia, was launched during the event. The important discussions which emerged from this symposium helped guide Ballarat’s Historic Urban Landscape pilot program, the development of the Ballarat Heritage Strategy, and contributed to the implementation of the Ballarat Strategy – a long-term road map for the future of Ballarat.

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    Day 1: Keynote Address

    Dr Ron van Oers, Vice Director WHITRAP

    Dr Van Oers was Vice Director of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific (WHITRAP) in Shanghai , as well as Senior Researcher at Tongji University’s Advanced Research Institute for Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning where he was conducting research on the application of the Historic Urban Landscape approach in China from 2012 - 2015. He worked at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre (from 2000 to 2012), where he developed and coordinated several thematic programmes, among which the Programme on Modern Heritage, the World Heritage Programme for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the World Heritage Cities Programme. Additionally, he spearheaded the international effort to develop new guidelines for urban conservation that were adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2011 as the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape.


    Day 1: Panel - Managing Cities as an historic urban landscape 

    Dr Rohit Jigayasu, UNESCO Chair Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

    Rohit Jigyasu is heritage conservation and risk management professional from India, working as UNESCO Chair Professor at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and is the President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) and ICOMOS-India. He is also senior advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) based in Bangalore, India.

    Prof. Ken Taylor - Australian National University

    Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor AM is an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, The Australian National University and is a former Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Centre, University of Canberra. He has had a research interest in management of heritage places and cultural landscapes since the mid-1980s and published nationally and internationally on meanings, values and cultural landscape conservation, and undertaken conservation management plans for historic cultural landscapes.

    Erin McCuskey - Ballarat East Network

    Erin McCuskey is the Creative Director of Yum Studio. Five years ago she wrote her first objection to over-development in Ballarat East. In the process she met her neighbours, and learned more about the Planning Scheme than was good for her. The locals gathered together to share their experiences by creating Ballarat East Network (BE Net), now a well-subscribed website that acts as a portal of local information, support for residents to access when they see a yellow sign and a community engagement site that talks about sustainable design for Ballarat East.

     Jason Forest - Consultant Strategic Planner

    Jason Forest is a freelance strategic planner based in Ballarat.  His expertise includes growth areas, town centres, city-wide growth management and transport planning.  Jason's approach to delivering outcomes is strategic, collaborative and multi-disciplinary.

    Day 1: Visualising Ballarat: Building HUL Tools

    Dr Peter Dahlhaus - Federation University Australia (CeRDI)

    Dr Peter Dahlhaus is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) at Federation University Australia. He is a geoscientist with a long history of involvement in urban and regional planning.


    Closing Remarks Day 1

    Prof. Tim Winter - Deakin University and Prof. Keir Reeves - Federation University Australia


    Community Day - Ballarat HUL

    Anthony Schinck - CEO City of Ballarat

    Keynote 1 - The HUL Pilot Program

    Dr Ron van Oers, Vice Director WHITRAP

    Keynote 2 - Intangible Dimensions of Heritage

    Dr. Rohit Jigyasu, UNESCO Chair Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto