Asia’s Records Book congratulates India for bagging 4 out of 16 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards in three different categories. One in the Award of Distinctions, two in the Award of Merit and another 1 in the Honorable mention. K
The Indian Awardees
Vikram Sarabhai Library received the award in the category of the Award of Distinction, Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue and Our Lady of Glory Church received the award in the Award of Merit, while Flora Fountain bagged the award in Honorable Mention. All other awardees were as per this list.
Complete list of 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
- The Award of Distinction
- Vikram Sarabhai Library, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
- Keyuan Garden, Suzhou, China
- Nelson School of Music, Nelson, New Zealand
- The Award of Merit
- Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai, India
- Our Lady of Glory Church, Mumbai, India
- Tseto Goenpa, Paro, Bhutan
- Guyue Bridge, Chi’an Town, Zhejiang, China
- Lyttelton Timeball Station, Christchurch, New
- The Honourable Mention
- Flora Fountain, Mumbai, India
- The 5s Classroom, Preshil The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, Kew, Australia
- Westpac Long Gallery, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
- Liddell Bros. Packing Plant, Wuhan, China
4) New Design in Heritage Contexts
- Joan Sutherland Theatre Passageway and Lift, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
- Dry Pit Latrine in Jiaxian Ancient Jujube Garden, Nihegou Village, Shaanxi, China
- The Mills, Hong Kong SAR, China
These awards were declared at a grand function held on 14th October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia.
Significance of these Awards
These Awards are awarded for recognizing the efforts of private individuals and organizations who have on their own restored and conserved the structures and buildings of specific heritage values, successfully. The awards are an inspiration to all other people who owned properties to undertake the conservation projects on their own or by taking aid from public-private partnerships to conserve such projects in their community.
Who all were in the race?
There were in total 57 entries from 14 countries across the entire Asia-Pacific region out of which sixteen projects make it to the mark to be recognized by the International Jury of conservation experts selected for this year Award’s selection. There were five countries who bagged the entire awards and they were India, Australia, New Zealand, Bhutan and China.
When were these Awards incepted?
This Award programme was incepted way back in 2000 and since then has achieved several milestones in conserving the cultural heritage over the last 20 years. This programme displays the raised interest of common people in sustaining the community heritage in the Asia-Pacific region.
What were this year’s special highlights?
This year has marked the prestigious ongoing glory and journey of 2 decades of Cultural Heritage Conservation Awards, awarded by the UNESCO. These awards were conceived in 1999 in Penang, Malaysia, during Economics of Heritage regional conference. The awards ceremony was witnessed by 150 past winners, jury, contributors, associates and their friends along with various other delegates.
Dr Duong Bich Hanh was the Chair of the Jury and Chief of UNESCO Bangkok’s Culture Unit.
This year these awards were awarded along with Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum and were co-organized with Think City.
What is this 20/20 Forum about?
The 20/20 Forum is another effort for saving cultural heritage and provides a grand opportunity to all industry practitioners to express their take away and reflect upon the various developments and steps taken during the last twenty years besides designing a vision and devising a strategy to link heritage with sustainable development in line with the framework designed by UNESCO Agenda 2030.
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