Neave Brown with Annalie Riches: A dialogue on home

27 April 2017

Neave Brown and Annalie Riches each present two housing schemes; their own homes and a public sector housing development for a comparison between their two generations. Keith Bradley, Senior Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will chair the event.
All proceeds from the ticket sales go to the five charities: Coram, Article 25, Emthonjeni Trust, Multiple System Atrophy Trust and The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust.

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Chinatowns as ethnoscapes – SCIBC Tourism & Heritage seminar

2 May 2017
Heriot-Watt University, Currie EH14 4AS

The Confucius Institute is celebrating the theming of 2017 as the Scottish Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a seminar series exploring Scotland-China links in tourism and heritage management.

Chinatowns have become high-profile features of the post-industrial symbolic economy in many cities of Europe, North America and Australasia that have long been gateways to immigration and settlement. Their promotion as exoticized enclaves of consumption – positioned to attract high-yield international tourists and members of the majority culture – contrasts markedly with the marginalization and displacement of Chinatowns in former times. Observers have rightly highlighted the role of overseas Chinese entrepreneurs and business networks that regenerate local economies and revitalize neglected cityscapes. More recent research has considered more deeply the extent to which these co-ethnic agencies are embedded within the wider structures of the “host” society, the asymmetrical relations of power, articulation of the vision, negotiation, and outcomes: intended and otherwise. Despite superficial similarities such as architecture, street furniture, signage and other markers of Chineseness, longitudinal and comparative studies of Chinatowns in different cities and word-regions reveal a range of trajectories. The author welcomes discussion on alternative scenarios for historic Chinatowns in the years to come, including those that give greater emphasis to experimentation through creative exchange and fusion between Chinese and other contemporary cultures.

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Harlow New Towns Heritage

22 June 2017

Harlow celebrates its 70th birthday in 2017 and holds an important place in both the legacy and future of new towns.

We are delighted to invite you to a seminar exploring the potential of New Towns Heritage in Harlow. Elain Harwood will be providing the keynote presentation. An author, architect and senior heritage advisor with Heritage England, Elain has published widely on post-war architecture. She makes a compelling case for the innovation, ambition and social purpose that it represents. We are also pleased to welcome Dr Christine Hui Lan Manley, who completed her PhD on urban design and master planning in post-war new towns.

Harlow Council strongly supports this event and local stakeholders, particularly from Harlow Civic Society will be involved throughout.

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Heritage in Law

9 June 2017

The subtleties, nuances and complexity of the law in relation to the historic environment is a subject highly relevant to all practitioners dealing with decision-making relating to our heritage. This conference is a timely update on this fast-moving legal framework which underpins our day to day work.

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It’s Not Just Retrofit. Making older buildings energy efficient

9 May 2017

Older buildings are at risk from attempts to make them energy efficient. Everyone in the property and construction industry needs to understand that the one size fits all approach is not the answer for millions of older buildings – that are treated as if they were modern. At this event, introduced and chaired by Professor John Edwards, Guest Editor of IHBC’s Context special edition on Green Retrofit we will explore:

  • Fundamental differences between new and older buildings
  • Comparing and contrasting energy efficiency assessment methods
  • Making existing fabric more energy efficient – without retrofit
  • A combined process of retrofit and other energy efficiency works – finding optimum solutions
  • Role of Building Regulations
  • Role of British and European Standards
  • Guidance and Tools – good and bad
  • Why dampness is one of the most important issues to understand
  • Competencies required from individuals
  • Quality Management on site

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