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A couple of days ago, an open letter addressed to the government of the PRC was posted on the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center‘s website. Check it out HERE.

It was written by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH), and is in regards to the ongoing demolition of Kashgar’s Old Town. Some of the main points that are suggested instead of a whole-sale demolition of the area are:

  • Consideration of tried and proven methods of seismic retrofitting for mudbrick structures to¬† allow a reappraisal of current plans and preserve as much as possible of the Old City intact;
  • Review of current plans for inhabitant relocation and redevelopment of the area in light of seismic retrofitting and continued sustainable use of the historic city;
  • Development of a Conservation Management Plan. This would delimit the site and design appropriate mechanisms for the protection and conservation of the buildings. Such a plan would include the documentation of the extant structures, including recording and analysis of building types, use, and circulation patterns within the Old City. Such a plan would integrate the preservation of the historic fabric, related intangible heritage, and encourage continued safe and economically viable habitation of the historic urban settlement.

ICOMOS is the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and is a Paris based association of professionals that “works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places.” It is a non-government organization, and is “dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.”

JOIN ICOMOS, or simply learn more about it HERE.


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For those who have not seen this yet, here is what another concerned citizen is doing to try to raise awareness about the Kashgar crisis.

In her Facebook post on another Saving Kashgar cause page started in D.C., she includes a link to a petition for President Obama regarding her concerns on the issue, which is an angle that, so far, I have not seen.

In addition, she kindly provides letter templates she has drafted to country ambassadors as well as to China’s foreign ambassador. all you need do is copy the letter, attach the name of your respective country’s ambassador to China, attach all the signatories that you can muster, and send them out.

Check it out if you are interested in helping out.

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