How will the collaboration between AKTC and Think City continue?
Hamdan: Many forms of collaboration between AKTC and Think City can be imagined and put into effect in the foreseeable future at every level. Because of its direct experience in the implementation of conservation projects, training programmes, museological ventures and the management of historic and archaeological sites, AKTC is a critical partner to Think City as we engage in advancing the restoration of Fort Cornwallis, installing exhibit spaces and managing regional cultural sites, such as the ongoing Archaeotourism Programme in Malaysia’s Northern Region. Conversely, because of Think City’s focus on environmental issues, discussions have taken place to support AKTC as it broadens its outlook and scope of activities towards climate change and urban resiliency.
Attention to these themes is poised to increase as the issue has now become a high priority in many countries in parallel with the worsening environmental conditions worldwide. Urban rehabilitation and regeneration will increasingly be geared toward issues related to climate and the protection of natural resources. These aspects will need to be coupled and closely integrated with the safeguarding of cultural heritage. Both environmental and cultural resources are now rightly perceived as two sides of the same coin. In the future, they will demand greater efforts and collaborative synergies to orient planning efforts and the construction industries towards nature-based solutions and the use of traditional materials. For these reasons, we are extremely positive about the prospects of collaboration between our organisations.
|Francesco Siravo, AKTC
|Hamdan Majeed, Think City
Francesco Siravo is an Italian architect who specialises in historic preservation and town planning. Since I99I he has worked for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, with projects in Zanzibar, Cairo, Lahore, Mostar and Samarkand. He has also worked for UNESCO, UNDP and ICCROM, and carried out planning works for several historic towns and areas in Italy. He has written books, articles and papers on various architectural conservation and town planning subjects.
Hamdan Majeed is the Managing Director of Think City, an impact organisation established in 2009 to create more sustainable and equitable places for the benefit of all. The knowledge, skills and strategies focus on urban solutions, the environment, social communities and the cultural economy. Hamdan has been involved actively in shaping urban policy and plans in Malaysia. Prior to this, he was Director of Investment at Khazanah Nasional, where he identified strategic investment opportunities to catalyse growth and development in the region.