SCAD presents ‘Heritage without Borders: International Preservation and Heritage Development in the 21st Century

The Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts presents its first lecture of the SCAD School of Building Arts Lecture Series 2012 program. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, Don Jones will present “Heritage without Borders: International Preservation and Heritage Development in the 21st Century.” All SCAD School of Building Arts Lecture Series events take place in the SCAD Museum of Art theater, 601 Turner Blvd., and are free and open to the public.

The 1964 Venice Charter resulted in the creation the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). In the nearly 50 years that have followed, historic preservation has moved far beyond protecting heritage sites from destruction and is now used to promote economic development, sustainable tourism, community rebuilding and cultural identity. But has the preservation community been able to keep pace in promoting the best preservation practices? Jones will examine a variety of ways in which the international preservation community can engage in international development efforts across the world, from international exchanges and international workshops to international affairs education.

Jones was appointed director of US/ICOMOS in 2011 and first joined US/ICOMOS in August 2003 as director of programs. He has presented papers and authored reports on his research interests including heritage tourism, cultural landscapes, and the history of preservation and environmentalism.

The SCAD historic preservation program is one of the most comprehensive in the world, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a minor in cultural landscape. At SCAD, historic preservation is a philosophy and a practice. It is about the built environment, sustainability, tangible and intangible heritage, as well as values, authenticity and diaspora tourism. The program addresses the rebirth of communities, revitalization of economies and reconstitution of the material fabric that knits these elements together.

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