Walk to global vision: driving heritage development by world heritage award: Macau - a colony with east west culture

Mok , Keng Kio (2012) Walk to global vision: driving heritage development by world heritage award: Macau - a colony with east west culture. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Macau is a place of East meets West for over 400 years at the south-east coast of China. It was a colony of Portugal before it was handover to the Chinese Government to become a Special Administrative Region of China in 1999. Macau is now the second most compact city with highest gaming return in the world. Since the monopoly of gambling license ended in 2000, Macau undergone its ever fastest urbanization with huge “Las Vegas”-style casinos being constructed in 24-hour non-stop manner. The central district and seashore are all bounded by casinos. This paper will discuss the enormous threats from casino development to the urban cultural landscape of Macau. The recent two World Heritage Award submissions during colonial period before 1999 and the post-colonial period after 1999 had successfully inputted global vision to Macau’s heritage development for resistance to these threats. How these two submissions had prompted changes in governance management practice, conservation priority and new interpretation of Macau’s heritage monuments would be discussed. In 2005, “The Historic Centre of Macao” was granted the World Heritage Award by UNESCO. In view of great disturbance from imbalanced casino development, Macau’s heritage development was further driven by this award. Macau’s unique conservation example in successfully inputting global vision to drive heritage development through World Heritage Award submission enlightens all other heritage conservation projects in the world.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Mok , Keng Kio
Languages: English
Keywords: Urban areas; Urban development; Urbanization; Conservation; Cultural development; Protection of cultural heritage; Protection; Old buildings; historical buildings; Monuments; Legislation; Public awareness; Colonial heritage; Venice charter; Macau
Subjects: D. URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
D. URBANISM > 05. Legislation
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
Name of monument, town, site, museum: City of Macau (south-east coast of China)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 14:57
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 15:10
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Internet Resource

Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (http://www.dicj.gov.mo)

Macau Heritage Kits (http://www.macauheritage.net/mwhinfo05/indexE.asp)

Macau Heritage Net. (http://www.macauheritage.net)

Macau Statistics and Census Bureau (http://www.dsec.gov.mo)

Macau Special Administrative Region Government Website (http://www.gov.mo)
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1110

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