Closing Ceremony of Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular Architecture


    The 14th Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular Architecture, jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and the Architecture Committee of the Chinese Vernacular Architecture Research Association, held its closing ceremony on September 25. Nine out of 82 papers were awarded certificates of excellence.

    The Conference was held on September 24 and 25 at the Institute for Tourism Studies. With “Chinese Vernacular Architecture and Its Substantial Development” as its theme, the Conference is aimed at investigating the conservation and development of vernacular architecture. Since 1998, the Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular Architecture has been held in different places including Beijing, Kunming, Wenzhou, Chongqing, Urumqi and Hong Kong. It has gained substantial achievements in academic research and in advancing investigations and conservations of Chinese vernacular architecture.

    The organizers have invited over 120 professors and postgraduates from renowned universities and scientific research institutions and a number of related administrative officers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao to attend the conference and have received 82 papers on the topic. In order to support and encourage advanced academic studies in the field, ten experts have selected nine papers to be awarded with certificates of excellence. Zhu Liangwen, Vice Chairman of the Architecture Committee of the Chinese Vernacular Architecture Research Association, indicated in his closing speech that the first holding of the Conference in Macao is of great significance to the successful inscription of the Historic Centre of Macao in the World Heritage List in 2005 and to the Conference alike. This year’s Conference is of great success due to the increasing participation of young people, the rich content of the papers and the participants’ great attention to the developments of vernacular housing and villages.

    Zhu believes that there will be more profound researches on vernacular housing and on the relationships between vernacular architecture and contemporary architecture and new cities. The next Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular Architecture will be held next July in Xi’an.

    In order to enrich the content of the Conference and to promote the Historic Centre of Macao, the Cultural Affairs Bureau has organized a Macao Heritage Tour. The participants expressed that they have gained much experience in the field study. Seeing that Macao is putting so much effort in heritage conservation, they are longing to visit Macao again in the near future to have a more detailed exploration on Macao’s heritage.


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