From the National Secretary
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com by due date, identifying the letter as «conference».Paper Format Conference Topics Important Dates
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.
Free wireless Internet access will be available at the forum and conference venue during all opening hours of the international forum.
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 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.
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.