International Policy Forum

on Urban Growth and Conservation

Tabriz, 2019

Tabriz City,
one of the most important commercial centers on the Silk Road.

Grand Bazzar of Tabriz,
place of cultural and commercial exchange since antiquity.

INTERNATIONAL POLICY FORUM ON

URBAN GROWTH AND CONSERVATION

Introduction

Background

Conferences since 2003

Objectives

Introduction

The 10th International Policy Forum on Urban Growth and Conservation in Euro-Asian Corridor aims continue the momentum of the prior policy forum organized in Samara, Russia, 2017. The 10th forum will be held from 19 to 17 August.
This year program will have two parts, an international conference and international forum.
International forum and confernce will be held on 19-30 August in Tabriz historical city.
19th of August is considered for preparation and arrival of students for forum and conference.
The official statements and conference opening ceremony will be on 29 of August, and international professor will gather to discuss highlights and outcomes of this year’s forum and outcomes will announced by conference chairs.

The main events of forum will be:

  1. International forum
  2. Technical workshops
  3. International conference
  4. Oral and poster presentations
  5. High level meetings
  6. Cultural tour

Background

The Eurasian corridor, which expands over vast continental areas from the Far Eastern Asia to Europe, has been known as connecting line of various civilizations between the East and the West, evoking a romantic idea about the history accumulated in these areas. The growth management issues have become crucial since 1980’s as the rapid economic growth in several regions in Eastern and Southern Asia as well as Middle East has resulted in the appearance of mega-cities with the population of more than 10 million. Tokyo, Shanghai, Manila, Mumbai, Tehran and Istanbul are suffering from the super-concentration of immigrating population. The conventional methodology of urban planning is not any more useful for dealing with the urban management problems.

Parallel to the growth side, another type of urban problem has come to appearance: shrinking cities. In the northern part of the globe, countries such as Russia, Japan and Korea are facing a serious problem of declining population derived from the ageing society and the internal displacement of population. Even other nations in the south are said to face this problem sooner or later. The dual phenomenon of the Growing and the Shrinking is a fundamental problematic which threatens the Eurasian corridor.

Besides, since 1990’s, a series of geo-political upheavals occurring in these areas have resulted in drastic changes of inter-regional relation beyond border, accompanied by intensification of communication and implementation of regional and urban development. This rapid transformation, however, has threatened unique historical and ecological environment maintained in these areas. Experts and professionals have alerted from time to time the negative aspects of such environmental changes pushed by the tide of globalization.

Conferences since 2003

The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) has launched a series of programs of international cooperation in this field since 1999. The Workshop for Networking and Conservation of Historical Cities in Eastern and Central Asia, which stared in 2003 as one of such programs, aimed at the partnership among the interested institutions within the designated area. The First Workshop took place in Kunming (China) in early 2004, then annual workshops followed every year in different places such as Samarqand (Uzbekistan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Ufa (Bashkortostan Republic, Russia), Tokyo (Japan) and Hoian (Vietnam). The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen the partnership among concerned institutions and local governments so as to establish an international platform within these countries. Strategic approach toward the conservation of environment in Eastern and Central Asia has been elaborated through seven years’ experiences. Since 2009, this workshop has been strengthened with the participation of some European countries so as to scope on broader perspective on actual urban problems. With the new name of the International Policy Forum on Urban Growth and Conservation, the partner institutions have pursued an innovative methodology to connect the urban issues over Asia and Europe. Istanbul (2010), Hamadan-Tehran (2015) and Samara-Moscow (2017) have hosted this policy forum successively.

Under this circumstance, the 10th Policy Forum is now being prepared in Iran with its Iranian counterpart based in Tabriz. One of the major concerns of Tabriz Conference is the growth management and environmental/heritage conservation within the areas where the comparison between rapidly-growing core cities and poorly-shrinking local towns is distinct. The shift of urban population toward more economically-promising mega-cities characterizes its disparity. The rapidness of the urban transformation as well as the uneven distribution of wealth within the country does not allow to react with appropriate intervention. New strategy for the correction of such situation is widely needed. Inter-regional cooperation between matured part and rising part of the world is urgently necessary. Exchange of knowhow and scientific view by way of inter-regional communication would certainly lead to more effective approach for the solutions. International collaboration on the basis of local identity is crucial for establishing consolidated environmental/heritage policy.

Objectives

The objectives of Tabriz (Iran) Conference could be summarized in a following way.

  1. The basic idea of the conference is to share the notion of “routes”, including that of the Silk Road as well as the Pan-Turkish, Russian-speaking and Chinese cultural zones and to fix the idea of “corridor” which cuts through these zones. Diversity within the vast cultural areas enables the intensification of mutual network and partnership among the cities and institutions which participate in the platform.
  2. From the academic point of view, it is intended to develop the know-how and knowledge on eastern and central Asian cities achieved during the last decades. By establishing the common use system of the data-base stocked in respective institutions, the smooth exchange of necessary information is to be promoted. Language barrier is another aspect of mutual communication.
  3. From policy-making point of view, it is crucial to discern the appropriate direction for future planning of historical heritage and environment within the specific areas of rapid development. General idea, by comparing similar types of development in the world, should be achieved so as to react to actual problems by implementing detailed programs for each cities and region within the designated areas.
  4. As an exchange program among concerned institutions and municipalities, this conference is to play the role of the platform for experts, professionals and managers who are deeply involved in urban growth management issues, in collaboration with other international organizations. Workshops for younger generation are included in this program for education and training purpose.

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Tabriz on the Silk Road

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Welcome

From the National Secretary

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The 10th International Policy Forum on Urban Growth and Conservation co-convened by the architectural institute of Japan ( AIJ ) is taking place in Tabriz, Iran from 19-30 August 2019. Thanks to the kind hosting by East Azarbaijan cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts organization, East Azarbaijan local government , Tabriz municipality and Tabriz university. This conference and forum is supported by center of architecture and urban planning of Persian seismic retrofitting institute.

Since 2009, AIJ has tried to upgrade its strategy toward the implementation of the methodology already acquired through past activities. The establishment of a Policy Forum on the basis of the existing platform is its new direction, gathering concerned institutions from respective countries. In 2010, The First International Policy Forum took place in Istanbul as a joint venue by Istanbul Metropolitan Planning (IMP) and AIJ, gathering more than hundred participants from all the concerned countries in Europe and Asia. The Second Forum was planned in Japan, scheduled to be held in Tsukuba in September 2011, but due to the unexpected earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the forum was cancelled. After successful organization of 9th international policy forum and conference in Samara and Moscow on 2017, AIJ has now planning to organize next program with more encouraging vision for strengthening the collaboration among the partners and with more detailed scientific and policy-oriented approach in Tabriz, Iran.

Under this circumstance, the 10th Policy Forum is now being prepared in Iran with its Iranian counterpart based in Tabriz. One of the major concerns of Tabriz Conference is the growth management and environmental/heritage conservation within the areas where the comparison between rapidly-growing core cities and poorly-shrinking local towns is distinct. The shift of urban population toward more economically-promising mega-cities characterizes its disparity. The rapidness of the urban transformation as well as the uneven distribution of wealth within the country does not allow to react with appropriate intervention. New strategy for the correction of such situation is widely needed. Inter-regional cooperation between matured part and rising part of the world is urgently necessary. Exchange of knowhow and scientific view by way of inter-regional communication would certainly lead to more effective approach for the solutions. International collaboration on the basis of local identity is crucial for establishing consolidated environmental/heritage policy.

The national secretariat on behalf of the co-organizers wishes to extend a warm welcome to students, experts, professors and participants to Tabriz conference

We look forward to seeing you at the forum and conference.

Morteza Abdar, Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of East Azarbaijan Province

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Executive Committee

will be added soon.

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Policy Making Committee

  • Mohammad-Reza Pourmohammadi
  • Iraj Shahin Baher
  • Ali Toumari
  • Mohammad Hosein As-haghi
  • Ghasem Soltani
  • Shakour Akbar-Nejad
  • Mohammad Ashrafnia
  • Soleimani
  • Payam Sedghi
  • Karimi

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Strategic Council

will be added soon.

Call For Paper

After finishing Forum 2019 all participants are invited to participate in conducting research in the field of main topics of the workshop and conference – to submit their papers in the following main topics: Cultural Route and Historical Cities , Bazaar and Market, Renovation and Energy Management, Disaster Mitigation and Conservation,Participation and Social Measures. Those interested can submit their papers, according to the format, by 15 June 2019 to Conference Secretariat or the e-mail address paper.icth@gmail.com. To participate in the conference at the Forum the expert should send an abstract (max. 500 words) and CV (text, photo) to the e-mail tabriz.forum@gmail.com by due date, identifying the letter as «conference».

Paper Format Conference Topics Important Dates

Call for Joint-team Participants

Targeting the city of Tabriz, a joint team of different universities from Iran, Japan and China, Russia, Italy and Georgia will work on the research and planning in cooperation with the municipality. Competent tutors from these universities are to be designate. The result will be presented on the occasion of Tabriz Conference.
The organizers will cover all the expenses including accommodation, food and transportation for joint team.

Applicants’ Form Format Privileges and Qualifications Conference publications

Logistics

Administrative Arrangements

Internet

Free wireless Internet access will be available at the forum and conference venue during all opening hours of the international forum.

Medical facilities

Assistance may be requested from the front desk and an infirmary with a medical staff of two persons is also available during the international forum.

Hospitality desks

Hospitality desks will be organized at all event destinations, including the airport, all hotels recommended and conference venue. At the Hospitality desks, information about registration, transportation and all other logistical issues will be available. Volunteers will be at the disposal of the conference participants.

Currency

The unit of currency in Iran is Rial. There are four denominations of bills: 100,000Rials, 50,000Rials, 10,000Rials, 5,000Rials, 2,000Rials and 1,000Rials.
There are five types of coins: 5000, 2000, 1000, 500 and250. Retailers in Iran do not accept currencies other than Iranian Rial. Foreign currency can be exchanged into Rial at authorized money exchangers.

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