5 February 2010
The UNESCO Office in Bangkok is calling for entries for the 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.The awards programme, in its eleventh year, recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region.
Projects involving buildings more than fifty years old and which were completed within the last ten years are eligible for consideration. Houses, commercial, cultural, religious, industrial or institutional buildings, gardens and bridges, for example, are all eligible for consideration. Public-private partnership projects such as historic towns, urban quarters and rural settlements where the essential elements are more than 50 years old are all eligible.
Since 2000, UNESCO has received 359 entries, spanning a wide range of conservation projects from private residences to palace complexes. Many of the entries have set technical and social benchmarks for conservation in the region, while acting as catalysts for local preservation activity. Over the years, the projects illustrate the increasing momentum and level of conservation in Asia and the Pacific.
In addition to the established awards, the “Jury Commendation for Innovation”, introduced in 2005, will also be awarded. The Jury Commendation for Innovation recognizes newly-built structures which demonstrate outstanding standards for contemporary architectural design which are well integrated into historic contexts.
The deadline for the submissions is 31 March 2010.