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’.

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3. Application Requirements

4. Application Deadline

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

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