Recent disasters and actual pandemic have exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our world heritage. These exceptional sites and pieces, which we would like to preserve for all humanity and future generations, do not exist in a segregated world. They belong to our social environment and our daily life. But at the same time, the World Heritage Sites are in danger! They are threatened by natural hazards that attempt against their existence. The pandemic has revealed their fragility and how much the human presence in them is vital and necessary for their survival. How can we protect them and at the same time give them life and new meanings? If we hope for a future for them, we should stop considering them only as beautiful objects or places, merchandise for the tourist industry, and fully integrate them into the social and cultural dynamics of daily life. We propose to promote a great discussion around the world on the risks and effects of disasters and pandemics on World Heritage Sites. We invite Non-Governmental Organizations, Academies, representatives of civil society, and local governments to participate, to contribute with new proposals for public policies on the conservation and safeguarding of the cultural and natural heritage of humanity.
Maria Eugenia Siguencia Avila, CoordinatorUniversity of Cuenca (Ecuador)
Architect. Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites and PhD fom KU Leuven, Belgium. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. She is active in the Go-HUL, the CIPA Emerging-Professionals and ICOMOS Ecuador.
Fernando Perez, Co-ConvenerPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Researcher and academic. Architect (PUC Chile), and PhD (UPC Barcelona). Visiting professor at Harvard University, Simón Bolívar University, and Cambridge University. Tenured professor at Universidad Católica de Chile and current Director of Chile's “Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes”.
Umberto Bonomo, Co-ConvenerPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Architect (IUAV Venice) and PhD (PUC Chile). Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Católica de Chile, and director of the Centro del Patrimonio Cultural at Universidad Católica de Chile.
Elvira Pérez, Team MemberPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Architect (PUC Chile), Master (Roma Tre), PhD (PUC Chile). Professor in the areas of history, theory and criticism of architecture and architectural and urban heritage. Director of the Master in Cultural Heritage program at Universidad Católica de Chile.
Yolanda Muñoz, Team MemberPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Peruvian architect (U. Ricardo Palma, Perú), Master in Science (PUC Chile), PhD candidate (PUC Chile and U. Panthéon-Sorbonne). Coordinator of the "Centro del Patrimonio Cultural” at Universidad Católica de Chile.
Carlos Silva, Team MemberPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Architect and Master in Urban Development (PUC Chile), PhD candidate (PUC Chile). Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, UC. Coordinator of the Master in Cultural Heritage program at Universidad Católica de Chile.
Karen Golle, Team Member and Social Media RepresentativePontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Visual artist (PUC Chile), Master in Cultural Heritage (U. de València) and Master in Conservation (U. Politècnica de Valencia). Media manager and research assistant at “Centro del Patrimonio Cultural”, Universidad Católica de Chile.
Lee Jae, Team MemberArchitect (South Korea)
Principal Architect of Lee Jae Architects based in Seoul, South Korea. Master in Architecture and Urban Design from ETSAB-UPC Barcelona, and Architecture and Design in MArch Valencia, Spain. Visiting professor at Phai Chai University (PCU) and Adjunct professor at Seoil University.
Cristian Heinsen, Team MemberFundación Altiplano (Chile)
Bachelor of Arts, Master in Creative Documentary and MBA. Founder, former president and current executive director of Fundación Altiplano, a non-profit organization that accompanies Andean and rural communities in the need of heritage conservation and sustainable development.
Jun Ho Chen, Team MemberArchitect (South Korea)
Licenced Architect in Italy and PhD. in Urban and Architectural Design at Politecnico di Milano. Assistant Professor at Seoil University in South Korea.
Duckjong Lee, Team MemberArchitect (South Korea)
Principal Architect of ARC studio based in Jeju Island, South Korea. BA(Hons) and Diploma(March) in Architecture from Architectural Association, London. Visiting professor at Jeju National University.