Recent disasters and actual pandemic have exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our world heritage. These exceptional sites and pieces, which we would like to preserve for all humanity and future generations, do not exist in a segregated world. They belong to our social environment and our daily life. But at the same time, the World Heritage Sites are in danger! They are threatened by natural hazards that attempt against their existence. The pandemic has revealed their fragility and how much the human presence in them is vital and necessary for their survival. How can we protect them and at the same time give them life and new meanings? If we hope for a future for them, we should stop considering them only as beautiful objects or places, merchandise for the tourist industry, and fully integrate them into the social and cultural dynamics of daily life. We propose to promote a great discussion around the world on the risks and effects of disasters and pandemics on World Heritage Sites. We invite Non-Governmental Organizations, Academies, representatives of civil society, and local governments to participate, to contribute with new proposals for public policies on the conservation and safeguarding of the cultural and natural heritage of humanity.
To be announced soon!
Maria Eugenia Siguencia Avila, CoordinatorUniversity of Cuenca
Maria Eugenia is an architect working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. She obtained her Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites (2014) and her PhD (2018) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her doctoral studies focused on the Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation and its implementation amongst worldwide case studies. She is the local co-coordinator of the ILUCIDARE H2020 project and other national and international initiatives for the safeguarding of cultural heritage. She is active in the Go-HUL, the CIPA Emerging-Professionals and ICOMOS Ecuador.
Fernando Perez, Co-ConvenerPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Fernando Perez Oyarzun was born in Santiago in 1950. He obtained his degree in Architecture at the Universidad Católica de Chile in 1977 and his Doctorate in Architecture at the Universitat Politecnica de Barcelona in 1981. He is currently Professor at Universidad Católica de Chile. He was Head of the School of Architecture (1987-1990) and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts (1990-2000) at the same university. He has taught at Harvard University (1990) the University of Cambridge (2000-2201), and other universities abroad. He has been head of the Cultural Heritage Centre and the Doctorate Program in Architecture and Urban studies. In 2019 was appointed Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts. His research activity has been developed in the field of theory and history of architecture and planning. He has authored or co authored a number of books, and articles. As a professional he has designed a number of buildings, some of which have been published both in Chile and abroad.
Umberto Bonomo, Co-ConvenerPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Architect, IUAV University of Venice, Italy, 2004. Doctor in Architecture and Urban Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile, 2009. Works on Social Housing and heritage issues looking for points of contact between theory and practice. He has been exhibited at the Biennial of Chile, Sao Paulo, and Venice. He wrote in Casabella, Domus, and the Giornale dell'architettura. Relevant publications (Ibarra, M; Ramírez, C; Bonomo U; Heritage under construction, Reflections for Secondary Education, UC Santiago editions, 2017). He is an active member of Docomomo Chile, has done consultancies and studies for the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage in Chile, for ECLAC, the Inter-American Development Bank, among others. He is currently an Associate Professor of the School of Architecture, of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of the UC Cultural Heritage Center.