How to Keep the Atmosphere of the Past Jewish Noah’s Ark in Shanghai

Ruan, Yisan, Ding, Yuan and Zhang, Yanhua (2008) How to Keep the Atmosphere of the Past Jewish Noah’s Ark in Shanghai. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Hongkew-Ghetto, a warm word to about 40000 Jewish people who have safely lived in Shanghai during the tough days of World War II, nowadays has to deal with the matter that how to protect this district after the Jewish inhabitants left. To rightly protect the area of Tilanqiao, the Chinese name of this former Jewish Noah’s Ark, the author, basing on five years’ investigation and conservation project making, analyzed the intangible and tangible heritage of this district and suggested to keep the atmosphere of historic memories is the most important thing. Therefore, the author took the method of Adaptive Re-Use as the way to protect Tilanqiao, paying enough attention to keep the intangible aspects besides the care of tangible aspects, and tries to Use these old buildings as the living heritage for attracting the new Jewish involvement and make the memories reappearance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ruan, Yisan
Ding, Yuan
Zhang, Yanhua
Languages: English
Keywords: historic quarters; Jewish; conservation plan; intangible heritage; spirit of place; restoration of historic monuments; community participation
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Tilanqiao Area, Shanghai, China
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 09:05
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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Zhang, Y (2006) Tilanqiao, Shanghai: Tongji Publishing House

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