Established in 1965 at Warsaw, Poland, ICOMOS works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is the only global non-government organisation of this kind, which is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage. ICOMOS is a network of experts that benefits from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members, among which are architects, historians, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists, engineers and town planners. The members of ICOMOS contribute to improving the preservation of heritage, the standards and the techniques for each type of cultural heritage property: buildings, historic cities, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites. By May 2017, ICOMOS has 110 National Committees and 28 International Scientific Committees.
International Committee for Vernacular Architecture (ICOMOS-CIAV)
CIAV is one of the 28 International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS. Established in 1976, CIAV’s objective is to promote the identification, study, protection and conservation of Vernacular Architecture, in keeping with ICOMOS’ objective to foster international co-operation. CIAV forms an international network that defines, improves and promotes conservation principles, standards, research, responsible practice, innovation and knowledge about the built vernacular heritage. According to its strategy established in the year 2000, CIAV’s aims are: to offer a global view on the conservation of the vernacular heritage; to provide a forum for the examination of the built vernacular heritage and to provide specialists with advice on the conservation of the vernacular heritage.
ISCEAH is one of the 28 International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS. For the ISCEAH, earthen architecturalheritage is defined as the architectural, archaeological and cultural landscape heritage constructed of unfired clay-/soil-based materials.
The goals and expectations of ICOMOS for ISCEAH are to maintain broad membership, carry out scientific inquiries, specialized studies, and to share information thereby contributing to the development of better practice and methods for the protection and conservation of the world’s earthen architectural, archaeological and cultural landscape heritage. Therefore, in addition to worldwide representation within ICOMOS, ISCEAH shall permit master masons and earth crafts persons to participate on the Committee at several levels in accordance with the principles set forth by ISCEAH Statutes.
Established in 1993, ICOMOS-CHINA is one of the 110 National Committees of ICOMOS. It is a voluntary networkof experts, scholars and managers engaged in the conservation and research of cultural heritage. As a non-profitable academic group at the national level, it is dedicated to researching and promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to cultural heritage, providing professional consultant services on the conservation of cultural heritage and promoting the comprehensive conservation and research of cultural heritage.
WHITRAP is a category 2 institute under the auspices of UNESCO and the first one that was established in the developingcountries. It is an autonomous institution at the service of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention and other Member States of UNESCO. The Institute’s mission is to promote the conservation and development of World Heritage in the Asia and the Pacific region.
The Academic Committee of Historical and Cultural City Planning, the Urban Planning Society of China (ACHCCP-UPSC)
ACHCCP-UPSC is the first professional academic group in China to take the conservation of historical and cultural cities as research direction. Established in 1983, it currently has 82 members composing of experts and scholars in various fields from colleges and universities, scientific research institutions, planning and design companies and planning management institutions. Established for more than 30 years, the committee has concentrated the wisdoms of experts in accordance with the actual situation of the conservation of urban and rural historical and cultural heritage in China, and actively responded to the new problems of heritage conservation in the process of industrialization and urbanization, and continuously explored the principles and methods of the conservation of historical and cultural heritage, especially historical and cultural cities, making special contributions to the establishment of the conservation system for historical and cultural cities in China.
The Academic Committee of Urban and Rural Built Heritage, the Architectural Society of China (ACURBH-ASC)
Tongji University was founded in 1907，the name Tongji suggests cooperating by riding the same boat. It hasdeveloped into a comprehensive university which offers programs in ten disciplines of science，engineering，medicine，humanities, law, economics，management, philosophy, art and pedagogy with strength in architecture, civil engineering and oceanography. Tongji University has created the first major of built heritage conservation in China, and contributed to the establishment of Chinese heritage conservation system and conservation of hundreds of historic cities, towns and villages.
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UPSC is the national academic group and professional organization in the field of urban planning. It is one of the fivenational planning organizations in the world. It is a UN-HABITAT-certified partner institution and a World Bank-registered advisory body. Its business scope includes: conducting international and domestic academic activities on urban planning issues, promoting advanced technologies, participating in demonstration, consultation and decision-making, editing and publishing academic journals, monographs, popular science books and other publications.
Heritage Architecture（HA） is the first comprehensive and professional journal covering all aspects of the research,conservation, and regeneration of historic built artefacts and the built environment in China. With an Editorial Team based in Tongji University. HA is administrated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and sponsored by the China Science Publishing and Media Group Ltd. and Tongji University. HA was launched in 2016, published in Chinese with English abstracts and synopsis, and distributed both domestically and abroad.
HA integrates heritage architecture conservation in a broad scope of academic exploration, model project analysis, and artistic appreciation. By adopting a dialectical approach to history and from a ‘global’ perspective, it aims to create a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary platform for academic communication all over the world, and to provide a wide view of the frontiers of theory and practice on the field to the scholars at home and abroad.
Built Heritage is a blind-peer-reviewed international journal devoted to all aspects of the research, conservation, andregeneration of historic buildings, settlements and sites. It is the first English journal in China integrating built heritage conservation in a multidisciplinary sphere of architecture, urban and rural planning, and landscape architecture, administrated by the Minister of Education of China, sponsored by Tongji University, and published by Tongji University Press.
The aim of Built Heritage is to foster scientific exchange between Chinese and international scholars, offering a platform to record the latest developments in the field, allowing for further homologation of scientific research and the recognition of cultural diversity. Built Heritage will enhance the awareness for the conservation of the built environment in China, offering support to the debate from a critical perspective, engaging with current hot discussions such as: the role of contemporary architecture in historic environments; the definition of authenticity; new tools of heritage management; politics, culture and identity; energy consumption and sustainability.
TJUPDI was established in 1994 based on the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University. It is the firstbatch of planning and research institute with "Class-A Qualification of Urban Planning and Design” and "Class-A Qualification of Tourism Planning " in China. Relying on the advantage of talents training and theory research of Tongji University, TJUPDI insists on the development strategies combining planning practice with education and research, plays a strength by the integration of "Industry, Education and Research" and forms the project system of “Professor cooperating with the planning and design team” and “Design institute cooperating with the academic research center”.
So far TJUPDI has accomplished more than 8000 projects in the nationwide as well as some region in Asia, Europe and Africa. The category includes urban development strategy, heritage conservation and utilization, urban design, urban renewal, community and rural development, infrastructure planning, tourism planning and world heritage conservation etc, almost covered all the professional field in urban planning, rural planning and tourism planning, winning more than 400 planning and design awards at national and provincial level.
Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD), formerly known as the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University, was founded in 1958 and has now developed into a well-known large-scale design consulting group.
With one hundred years’ history and the profound cultural foundation of Tongji University, TJAD has accumulated rich experience in both engineering design and technical consultancy through continuous progress in the course of half a century.
TJAD has the most extensive coverage of national qualifications. The business scope of TJAD includes consulting, engineering design, project management, geotechnical engineering and geological exploration in fields of building engineering, road engineering, municipal engineering, landscape, environmental pollution prevention, and conservation of historical and cultural relics , among others. It has dealt with thousands project cases in China, Africa and South America, such as Shanghai Tower, Fangfei Garden of the Diaoyutai State Guest House, Table Tennis Gymnasium of 2008 Olympic Games, African Union Conference Center, New Jinggangshan Revolution Museum, Shanghai Xintiandi, Theme Pavilion of 2010 Shanghai Expo, Shanghai International Tourist Resort, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, China Corporate United Pavilion of Expo 2015 Milan, Havana Hotel of Cuba, Saikang Di Stadium of the Republic of Ghana, and National Arts Centre of Republic Trinidad and Tobago, Sutong Yangtze River Highway Bridge, Shanghai A5 (Jiading-Jinshan) Expressway Project.
TJAD has employed more than three thousand outstanding architectural design and engineering personnel to provide top engineering consulting services for our clients. Meanwhile, we have been working hard to promote urban development and aiming to build a better life with our special ability.
Pingyao county people's government is the main administrative department of Pingyao County. At present there are 3 neighborhoods, 5 towns, 9 xiang(administrative unit) , 273 villages under jurisdiction. In 2017, Pingyao County has achieved the GDP of 11.65 billion yuan. Pingyao is one of the counties which has most abundant cultural relics in Shanxi Province, with more than 300 historical sites. In the past decade, the government's investment in cultural industry has gradually increased. It has successfully held the Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao International Film Festival, Pingyao Chinese New Year Festival, Pingyao International Sculpture Festival and a series of influential cultural events home and abroad.