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UIA Region IV Newsletter /Number 2004/1 /January 2004

 Best wishes for a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year in 2004

What has been and will be happening in Region IV in 2003 and 2004 +?

UIA "Celebration of Cities" Ideas Competition
At least 10 of the Region IV Member Sections have participated in this competition. This is most exciting. Final submissions from the National competitions are due to be in Paris on 19th February 2004, for judging. International results will be announced on 19th March 2004 in Paris.

UIA President visits Region IV
UIA President, Jaime Lerner visited New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore in November and December 2004. Those who met him enjoyed his visits immensely.

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards o due 31st March 2004
This Awards programme recognizes outstanding conservation projects of the built heritage, undertaken by private sector entities or through public-private partnerships. Entries for the 2004 Awards must be received by the UNESCO Bangkok office by 31 March 2004. Winners will be announced in September 2004. Complete programme regulations, including an entry form, are available on the Heritage Awards website at
For further information, or to request a hard copy of forms or brochures, please contact: Montira Horayangura Unakul, Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO Bangkok, PO Box 967, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110, Thailand,
Tel: 662-391-0577 ext 511, Fax: 662-391-0866 and Email: h.montira@unescobkk.org .

Region IV Member Sections Activities and News

Second trial of the UNESCO-UIA Validation System to recognise the Australian system took place at the National 5 year Visit to the architecture study programme at the University of Sydney in November 2003.

UIA Architecture and Children Work Programme had their annual meeting in Paris and also held interesting discussions with UNESCO in November 2003. Contact Michael Peck at mpeck@netlink.com.au .

2004 as The Year of the Built Environment is being celebrated around Australia, organised by RAIA with various partners from the environment, heritage, government bodies, etc.
Launched by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon David Kemp on Monday 15th December 2003, there will be many events organised by each of the eight RAIA Chapters in 2004. Refer www.architecture.com.au and www.ybe2004.gov.au for information.

ARCASIA Council meeting, ACAE Meeting, ARCASIA Forum, UIA/ARCASIA Access Workshop were very successfully held in Dhaka 7th to 11th December 2003, led by the ARCASIA Chairman, Barry F Will of Hong Kong.

A most successful and very stimulating International Forum on Architectural Education, organised by the School of Architecture of Southeast University, was held in Nanjing in December 2003.

The Road after Beijing Work Programme continues. For the latest information contact the Director, Ye Rutang at asc@mail.cin.gov.cn .

Hong Kong
UIA Region IV Access for All Work Programme Director, Joseph Kwan of Hong Kong, ran a most successful workshop in Dhaka with 150 people attending, at the end of the ARCASIA Forum. Contact Joseph Kwan at jkeasrs@netvigator.com for any information.

The Indian Cricket team have just drawn with Australia in the fifth test in Sydney. Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the cup in this cricket series in Australia and for all the other exciting games played there this summer.

UIA Past President Jai Bhalla, in his Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for 2004 reminded us that:
"Water is a major Challenge of the new millennium. The demand of this expended supply of quality water is of major concern for the well being of humanity. Rain harvesting has to be made mandatory to augment the availability of water for sustainable development. The challenge can be met if we have the will to do so."

What are we all doing about this? Contact Jai Bhalla by facsimile +91 11 461 8252 and Louise Cox at thubbul@bigpond.com .

The UNESCO-UIA Region IV Validation Committee met in Tokyo in October 2003, under the very kind invitation of JIA. Much greater understanding of the UNESCO-UIA Validation System by Japanese educators, regulators and professionals occurred and discussion of the new Japanese system of 5 years for architectural study programmes was discussed. This is being trialled now.

UIA Architecture for Sustainable Development - The Road from Rio Work Programme Director Kasuo Iwamura is organising a major sustainability conference in Tokyo in September 2005. Contact him at iwamura@iwamura-at.com .

Republic of Korea
The Koreans have been changing their architectural education system so that at least 75 of their study programmes are now of 5 years full time duration to conform with the UIA and UNESCO requirements.

The winning designs for the Nam June Paik Museum in Yong-in, Kyonggi Province have been illustrated in the UIA Newsletter of November/December 2003.

The 2004 ARCASIA Council and ACA 11 will be held in Macau in December 2004. Contact
Associacao dos Arquitectos de Macau at macauaam@macau.ctm.net .

UIA Professional Practice Meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur 11th to 14th March 2004. Contact Zarina Ibrahim at info@pam.org.my .

I believe from a very good source, that it is extremely cold in Mongolia at the moment and that you have a very interesting and distinct culture. Please contact Louise Cox with any new architectural news that you wish to share with us all on thubbul@bigpond.com .

New Zealand
UIA Region IV Habitat Work Programme Directors are John Sinclair and John Tocker. They need your help in setting up an exhibition for the UIA World Congress Istanbul 2005. Contact them at John.Sinlcar@architectus.co.nz .

UIA Region IV Architectural Sustainability Directors are Tony Watkins and Peter Diprose. They are interested how each Member Section's National policy regarding Zero Waste is being handled. Contact them at t.watkins@auckland.ac.nz and at diprose@ihug.co.nzdiprose@ihug.co.nz

UIA Region IV Heritage Work Programme Director is Cristina V Turalba. Please let her know how you member section is dealing with 20th Century Architectural Heritage issues, whether you have included any examples on the UIA 20th Century Architectural Heritage web site and about any other issues you are dealing with in the heritage area? Contact her at architect@info.com.ph .

UIA Region IV Forum will be held in Singapore 27th to 29th October 2004. The theme of the Forum is "Sustainability, Mobility and Identity". Please come and make this a great success. Contact owcc@sia.org.sg .

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka mourned the loss of their most prestigious architect Geoffrey Bawa in May 2003.

UIA Region IV Tourism Work Programme Director is Pradech Phayakvichien. He needs your help in understanding what is happening regarding tourism and eco-tourism in your member sections and/or countries. Contact him at duangrit@loxinfo.co.th or Office@asa.or.th.

Proposed extensions to the Vietnam Parliament House in Hanoi have unearthed a forgotten city. Archaeologists are investigating.

Temporary Members

Fiji is the only Region IV Temporary Member.

Brunei Darrasalem
The UIA Bureau in Moscow in October 2003, recommended this Temporary Membership. It will be on the agenda at the next UIA Council Meeting in May 2004 in Villahermosa, Tabasco State, Mexico and will then be submitted for final endorsement at the next UIA Assembly in Istanbul in July 2005.

Activities of the UIA Vice President Region IV

Student exchanges
Contact has been made with Taoufik El Euch, Immediate Past UIA Vice President Region V, regarding the previous student exchanges of Tunisian students going to Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia, so that these exchanges can continue and be extended into all regions.

UIA/Docomomo International Meetings
2 meetings were held in Paris in 2003 to discuss sharing the UIA 20th Century Architectural Heritage web site with Docomomo International. Docomomo members worldwide are now considering this proposition and how it would be done so that this matter can be discussed further at the next joint meeting in Paris in March, before it is discussed at the Docomomo Council Meeting in New York in September 2004.

UNESCO-UIA Validation System trials
The next trial in Region IV will be undertaken during the 5 year visit to the architecture study programme at UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand by the CAA, NZIA and the New Zealand Registration Board in March 2004.

A further trial of the Australian system may be undertaken during the next 5 year national visit to the architecture study programme at the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane, in September 2004,.

International News

Docomomo International Conference o 29th September to 2nd October 2004
Are you interested in Modern Movement Heritage, as the VIIIth Docomomo International Conference and Council Meeting is being held in New York City, USA, from 29th September to 2nd October 2004. Contact details www.docomomo-us.org .

UIA World Congress and Assembly Istanbul Turkey 2005 o 4th to 11th July 2005
The Grand Bazaar of Architects from 4th to 8th July 2005, the UIA Assembly from 9th to 11th July 2005 and UIA Council Meetings, before and after, on 4th and 11th July 2005. Put these dates in your diary now and have a look at the web site http://www.uia2005istanbul.org which covers the bulletin -in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Turkish- in pdf format
(if you click on "Congress Bulletins" on the right side of the first page), as well as most updated news about the Congress. Contact Sena Altundag, Organization Committee Secretary for Istanbul 2005 at sena@uia2005istanbul.org for further information on the congress arrangements and requirements for your exhibitions.

You can register now and book your accommodation through the ISEVV Consortium, the exclusive Professional Congress Organizer, at uia2005@isevv.com .
Newsletter Editor: Louise Cox, UIA Vice President Region IV, Asia and Oceania
Contact me by e-mail at thubbul@bigpond.com.au and at 37 East Crescent Street, North Sydney, NSW, 2060, Australia
Telephone: + 61 2 9929 6782, Facsimile: + 61 2 9929 0828

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