Field Visit Notes
Heritage and the Poor - Hoi An Vietnam
November 2011 Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. This report by Andre Alexander attempts to assess how the poor in the city are affected by its World Heritage status. PDF 1.3 Mgbs
Heritage Cities in Asia - Bhaktapur, Nepal
November 2011: In 1997 Bhaktapur, along with 6 other sites in Kathmandu valley, was inscribed as a monumental zone in a UNESCO World Heritage site of Kathmandu Valley. In 2003 UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed Kathmandu Valley and its monumental zones on its list of World Heritage in Danger, giving its reason as ‘Newari Architectural Design, which has gradually disappeared due to uncontrolled urban development’1. Among contributing factors to this ‘uncontrolled urban developments’ are population growth, economic and social changes, increase pollution, looting and illegal building activities. Read the report by by Chawanad Luansang with Suphana Sophonpanich, two young Thai architects with ACHR's Community Architects Network
Heritage and the Poor - Luang Prabang Lao PDR
The main image of the city is for many people associated with the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly local people and the exotic local culture, as well as the extreme cheapness compared to most other countries, even in Asia. And all this can be found with the backdrop of historic Buddhist monasteries and a sleepy old town without traffic. Unfortunately, almost all of these points are subject to change due to the impact of tourism. This aper will be updated with photos soon. Text PDF 96 Kbs
Notes on Visit to Fiji 2011
ACHR CAN visit Report 2011.... Maurice Leonhardt 1. Community Surveys, Mapping and Participatory Planning 2. Beyond Savings for Housing, to Savings and Loans and bringing women into more active participation. 3. Government Policy level; Engaging National and Local government 4. Discussions with the People's Community Network 6 pages text and photos PDF 450 KB
Report on an ACHR visit to the Philippines, February 25 - 27, 2011
Philippines ACCA Update At the end of February, a team from ACHR made a three-day visit to the Philippines, to sign the contract for the first loan from the new ACCA regional revolving loan fund, to the LTHAI community in Mandaue. The team took advantage of being in the Philippines to visit several other ACCA projects in Manila and Cebu, to catch up with the work of some old friends, and to explore some new possible collaborations. Besides Somsook and Tom, the team included two Thai community leaders: Ms. Thongsuk Phumsanguan "Waad" from Chum Phae and Ms. Phadcha Phunprapha "Pui" from Ratchaburi. These are Thomas Kerr's notes from the visit.
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