IHBC Virtual School: Old Towns | New Futures: Heritage Reflections and Speculations from a Pandemic

IHBC Virtual School: Old Towns | New Futures: Heritage Reflections and Speculations from a Pandemic

Check out IHBC’s ‘Virtual’ conference, 19 June, with wide-ranging expert talks from Carl Elefante, 94th President, American Institute of Architects; Cliff Hague, RTPI Past President; Carol Souter, former HLF CE, now Oxford; Prof, Plácido González Martínez, Tongji University Shanghai, and more!

When: 19 June 2020 / morning and afternoon sessions
Where: virtualschool2020.ihbc.org.uk
Cost:  from £15+VAT

‘How the current pandemic will shape historic urban areas and their surrounding communities across the globe is impossible to tell, at least as yet.  But, as specialists, communities and stakeholders, we need to reflect on the implications for our current – possibly now even historic – approaches to caring for valued places, and even speculate on future strategies and responses.

The IHBC’s 2020 Virtual School follows the same celebrated model of all of our annual conferences, as it brings together leading authorities and representatives from across and beyond the world of heritage, conservation, government and development to address the most current of issues.  For 2020 our only sensible choice is to explore, as best we can from the inside, issues around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our 2020 Virtual School offers speakers and delegates a platform to engage with this most dramatic of situations.  We want to scope out the issues as best we can, taking the widest perspective possible.  We hope to inspire effective responses to the complex and diverse challenges that, globally, now confront our local places, communities and heritage.

So join us online, on 19 June, as the IHBC’s 2020 Virtual School explores the topic of ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’, through both reflections on where we are, and speculations on where we might be heading.’


Programme Outline (subject to change)

Old Towns : New  Futures’
Heritage Reflections from a Global Pandemic
19 June, 9.30-11.30 am BST (Session 1: Reflections) &
3.00-5.00 pm BST (Session2: Speculations)

Session 1: Reflections from a pandemic, on how heritage fares: Community, Planning and Economics

Session 2: Speculations on a pandemic, and where heritage goes: Environment, Government and Urbanism


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