Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Students and academics show how to improve heritage sites

Posted by Kimberly on July 27, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 27 2007, page 2 (573 words)

 

Students from the Institute of Tourism Studies (IFT) and visiting academics, participated in a series of presentations designed to provide solutions for existing heritage areas.
With the 10-day workshop having been completed yesterday, the project teams used Lilau and Camoes Squares as a means of reference, to provide alternative options as to how the Macau government could possibly improve these heritage sites for greater local and tourist access.
A total of 32 experts and students majoring in Architecture, Urban Design, Design and Tourism from Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau formed six project teams.
Keynote speeches were delivered on themes such as ‘integrated conservation in the urban context’, ‘heritage and tourism in Macau’, ‘history and development of Macau’s historical corridor’, and ‘sustainable development and scenarios of Macau’ among others.
The IFT had held a similar workshop last year, but according to Dr Penny Wan, a lecturer at the Institute, “last year the workshop was not as organised as this year. We published a report but we didn’t submit it to the government because it was the first time we did it.
“We just wanted to keep it as a reference.
“This time we are more organised and more strategic. Especially this year, as we have different co-organisers to help us,” she said.
Those co-organisers include the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM), the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), IIUM, Macau Architect’s Association and the University of Macau.
The aim of the workshop is to foster research collaboration and to draw experts and professionals to contribute ideas and solutions for improving the landscape and public spaces of Macau’s ‘historical corridor’.
Asked why these two sites were chosen, Dr Wan said, “they are designated historical sites in the historic centre of Macau and they serve also a very important role in linking this historical corridor. “These two sites need a lot of improvement. The transportation, the road network, the trees and the lighting. We actually need to revitalise the place a little bit.
“I know that a lot of tourists go to A Ma temple and St Paul’s ruins so we hope to make these places also very popular with tourists and locals,” she said.
All participants received a certificate of participation for recognition of their work, with the results provided in a report format to the Macau government.
“After this workshop we will compile a report for the government’s consideration.
I think it’s a very good exercise for our students and also for academics.
I think we will have more of this sort of practice in the future,” said Dr Wan.
She added that all the ideas will be compiled, not just the best ones because, “I know that all of the design work is also very valuable and they are urban planners, architects, designers from the regions so I think it’s good to show the government different options.
“They can take it as a reference, they can think about it and massage it a little bit or add more things,” she said.
“Actually the government is very interested in our workshop and students’ work. I think we can produce an atmosphere of collaboration, to let the government know that this is another way that we can think of other solutions,” she said.
Next year’s workshop will hopefully attract more experts from other countries such as Taiwan and Singapore, according to Dr Wan, “because they can bring along their countries’ experiences to us”

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