Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage ITC

International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2014, 9th year
under the auspices of UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, Ritsumeikan University

Call for Applications

1. Dates of Course and Places

Dates of Course: 6th to 22nd September, 2014
Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Tohoku area, Japan

2. Disasters and Cultural Heritage

Recent disasters in North East of Japan and Christchurch in New Zealand as well as destructive earthquakes that hit Haiti and Chile in 2010 have caused enormous loss of life, property and cultural heritage. This disaster has once again shown that cultural heritage is highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquake, the Tsunami, fire, floods and cyclones.

Therefore it is important to undertake proactive measures that can reduce risks to cultural heritage from these catastrophic events through adequate mitigation and preparedness. In the post disaster phase, the challenge is how to salvage heritage properties, which are at risk of demolition and to assess their damage. The long term challenge during recovery phase is how to repair and retrofit them and undertake reconstruction that respects tangible as well as intangible heritage values.

In the light of these challenges, comprehensive risk management is essential for the protection of cultural heritage from disasters. Therefore Cultural Heritage and Risk Management project of Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (RitsDMUCH) aims to organize the UNESCO Chair International Training Programme to build the institutional capacity needed to formulate comprehensive risk management plans that are based on the characteristics of cultural heritage and nature of hazards in the regional context.

One of the main reasons for extensive damage to cultural heritage is due to fires resulting from natural or human induced causes. Also fires can result from earthquakes as was the case during 1995 Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake in Japan. Considering these issues, the 9th UNESCO Chair International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage will specifically focus on ‘Protecting living cultural heritage from disaster risks due to fire’.

For more detail

3. Application Requirements

4. Application Deadline

Applications should be E-mailed to dmuchitc@st.ritsumei.ac.jp
by April 10th, 2014(Japan Standard Time).

Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize of Berlin Call for Entries 2014

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Task A: Berlin

IGA Berlin 2017 – International IGA Campus
Project planning and spatial concept for the IGA Campus with its modules of the International Camp, the Global School Garden and the Green Classroom


Task A – IGA Berlin 2017 may be changed. Please visit the website for the new documents and materials early march.

Task B: National

“Großfestung Koblenz” – Regional Fortification System – Opportunities For Open Space
Fortress remains as a driving force behind a new green urban identity

Task C: International

City of London – The Cultural Spine
Upgrading of urban spaces connecting St Paul’s Cathedral and the Barbican

Important dates:

Date of issue 03 February 2014
Submission: 15 August 2014

Participation conditions:

Teams or individuals are eligible to take part provided that everyone is under the age of 35 on 15 August 2014. Each participant may only compete in one of the three tasks and may only submit one entry. There are no other participation conditions.

By participating, the candidates agree to their submitted work becoming the property of the initiator, being exhibited and discussed in public and being reproduced for documentation and archiving. They also agree to the work submitted for the competition or parts thereof being published by the institutions involved in the call for tenders (Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment; Grün Berlin GmbH; Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts), Berlin; Federation of German Landscape Architects (BDLA); Technical University of Berlin; Beuth Hochschule Berlin; Karl Foerster Foundation with reference to the author. Wherever possible, the designs will be forwarded to the appropriate organisations for future use. Copyrights remain with the author.

Request for complete competition documents:

Documents containing the tasks and conditions of the competition are provided in the download service (German only).

Type of process:

The Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize, organised by the state of Berlin, is the world’s largest competition of ideas for young horticultural and landscape architects, landscape planners, scientists, architects and artists. Candidates may be studying these disciplines or already working in them. The project is initiated by the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment. The prize plays a key role in developing new ideas in design, planning and use of plants in horticultural architecture and landscape planning as well as promoting the careers of young planners and designers. The work focuses on illustrated depictions. Work is assessed on an anonymous basis. Each candidate must submit two draft plans on paper in the required DIN A0 format and one CD containing printable versions of both plans as pdf and jpeg. The work must be submitted in German. English is also accepted.

For each task, an independent jury will decide which solutions will be awarded the Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize. Other high quality work may be awarded Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Commendations. Karl-Foerster-Commendations may be awarded to work displaying very good use of plants.

The winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony in November 2014 at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste. The results of the process and illustrations of the best and most interesting work will be published in a document.

Jury 2014

Till Rehwaldt
Freischaffender Landschaftsarchitekt Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten, Dresden, BDLA

Prof. Dipl. Ing Ulrike Böhm
Freischaffende Landschaftsarchitektin bbzl – böhm benfer, zahiri, Berlin; Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Leitung Fachgebiet Landschaftsarchitektur, BDLA

Lasse Malzahn
Berlin, Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Preisträger 2012

Rüdiger Dittmar
Werkleiter Eigenbetrieb der Stadt Koblenz, Grünflächen- und Bestattungswesen


A Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize amounting to € 5,000 can be awarded in each of the categories.
The Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Commendations involve a book prize.
The commendations from the Karl Foerster Foundation are worth a total of € 1,500.

Submission of documents:

The documents (CD containing text and image files and two DIN A0 plans) must be delivered or handed in by 15 August 2014, 6 p.m., to

Grün Berlin GmbH, Reception
Columbiadamm 10, Turm 7
12101 Berlin, Germany
E-Mail: lenne@gruen-berlin.de

Further Information:

Visit the website for the procedure.

Winner of the IFLA Trophee Competition

Brussels, 26 February, 2014.

IFLA is happy to announce the name of the winner of the Trophy Competition for the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.
The Jury also wishes to give a round of virtual applause to all the entrants for their thoughtfulness and imagination.

Desirable practical qualities were that the trophy should be pleasing to handle, which included having a certain weight; hard to break; easy to clean and simple in massing.

Mariano Filippini’s proposal had excellent qualities, simplicity, elegance and force which led to an unanimous vote from the jury. The members found it  very appealing, particularly the examples where the concrete base is inlaid with coloured glass fragments.  The dual wood box too is a delightful feature.

Mariano Filippini is an Industrial Design student at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and will be granted with €5.000 sponsored by the German nursery  Lorberg.



The Jury
Chair: Hal Moggridge OBE PPLI – Assistant to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1960-63)
Desiree Martínez, IFLA President
Ilya Mochalov, IFLA Secretary General
John Easthope, IFLA Treasurer
Tunji Adejumo, IFLA Vice-President for Africa
Carlos Jankilevich, IFLA Vice-President for Americas
Dato Ismail Ngah, IFLA Vice-President for Asia-Pacific
Ana Luengo, IFLA Vice-President for Europe

IFLA Executive Council on-site 2014 meeting

IFLA EXCO met last week (21-22 February) for its annual face to face meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
This has been an intense one due to a full agenda consisting of issues such as the  new Constitution and By-laws, the IFLA committees’ structure, the Strategic Plan which will suppose a drastic change of the Federation’s organisational structure and management  and the  recruitment of an Executive director.

This has been Desiree Martinez’ and Carlos Jankilevich’s last EXCO meeting in Brussels whose mandates conclude this year. On the other hand it’s been the first one for Ana Luengo, Europe VP and Tunji Adejumo, Africa VP.


From left to right: Desiree Martinez, President, Ilya Mochalov, Secretary General, Carlos Jankilevich, Americas region Vice President, Christine Bavassa, Executive secretary, John Easthope, Treasurer, Tunji Adejumo, Africa region Vice President , Dato Ismail Ngah, Asia-Pacific region Vice President  and seated, Ana Luengo, European region Vice President.

IFLA 51st World Congress, Argentina 2014


Please click this link to the registration:


  • To send the abstracts of papers: March 7th
  • The interested people in the Charrette, have to be enrolled in the Congress: March 15th
  • Works to Students Competition: May 5th, to 12:00 PM

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Seminar on Future regeneration, Taipei

This seminar is part of the Taipei’s City Urban Regeneration Strategy undertaken by the Taipei City Urban Regeneration Office (URO) with the help of the National Chiao Tung University. INTA is invited to give an international input to the elaboration process of the strategy.

Origin of the Project
‐ Analyze past strategies and key areas, and then examine the “urban regeneration potential areas” in the city at the neighbourhood level.
‐ Identify the available resources of the city to further construct and formulate urban regeneration strategies. Tools include the inventory of vacant spaces, historic and creative resources provided by the URO in combination with public facilities, real estate market prices, public land distribution, and the localisation of future major construction.
‐ Maximise the value of current resources through strategic planning approaches and a shared‐vision of well identified areas to put forth the steps of promotion policies, implementation methods and the niche of Taipei City’s urban regeneration in the next decade.

Project Objectives
‐ Take the cultural history and space resources of Taipei City as the basis for future regeneration.
‐ Through consensus, build a shared vision of urban regeneration of the city and propose the key concepts of urban regeneration.
– Use the urban renewal and urban regeneration tools and mechanisms implemented by domestic and foreign cities in recent years to analyze how to create, design and reach the public‐shared urban regeneration vision through these mechanisms.
– Identification and superposition of urban regeneration areas: “Railway Corridor”, “Waterfront Corridor” and “MRT Corridor” as well as the City airport are to be taken into account in the regeneration scope.

In response to the development of public lands, the policy direction of urban regeneration led by public sector, and the planning along the MRT line, the role of public lands in urban regeneration had has to be rethought. This project will encompass the whole city as the main target.

24-28 February 2014, Taipei, Taiwan