Old Cities, New Challenges


A Course for Urban Conservation and Southeast Asia
A collaboration between Think City and Getty Conservation Images

Penang, Malaysia
November 13 – 21, 2020

Old Cities, New Challenges 2020, coordinated by the Getty and Think City, is the second in a series of courses for urban conservation in Southeast Asia. Topics include training in the  documentation of tangible and intangible heritage assets, defining cultural significance, heritage economics, infill development, and how to create an urban conservation plan.

Course Content

The course will be highly interactive—formal presentations will be complemented by group discussions and exercises at historic sites in Penang. A values-based approach to heritage conservation will be emphasized. Participants will share their experiences regarding heritage conservation challenges in their respective cities.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Examination of international approaches, including Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)
  • Documentation of tangible and intangible heritage assets, including cultural mapping
  • Defining cultural significance of historic places, resulting in a statement of significance
  • Heritage economics, related to cultural capital and sustainability
  • Infill development in historic areas
  • Goals, strategies and components of an urban conservation plan, resulting in participants’ drafting a plan for a specific site

An experienced team of mentors will share their practical expertise related to the conservation of historic places in urban contexts.

Course Director

Jeff Cody, Architectural historian and Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute

Who can participate, and how?
  • Mid-career architects & planners from any ASEAN country
  • Course tuition: RM3,000
  • Applications open: January 2020
  • Application deadline: April 15, 2020

For more information, email OCNC20@getty.edu or check out The Getty Conservation Institute.