Awarded Projects

Awarded Projects

2021 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Nine projects from six countries – Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand – have been honored by a Jury of heritage experts. Jurors met online in November to review a total of 39 entries from 12 countries across the Asia-Pacific.

The complete list of 2021 awarded projects comprises:

Award of Excellence|
Nizamuddin Basti, New Delhi, India

Award of Distinction
Jingdezhen Pengjia Alley Compound, Jiangxi, China 
Kesennuma Historic Citiscape, Miyagi, Japan

Award of Merit
Doleshwar Hanafia Jame Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thai Pak Koong (Ng Suk) Temple, Penang, Malaysia
Baan Khun Phithak Raya, Pattani, Thailand

New Design in Heritage Contexts
Shajing Ancient Fair, Shenzhen, China
Songyang Culture Neighborhood,  Zhejiang, China

Special Recognition for Sustainable Development
Shajing Ancient Fair, Shenzhen, China
Nizamuddin Basti, New Delhi, India
Kesennuma Historic Citiscape, Miyagi, Japan
Mrigadayavan Palace Woodshop, Phetchaburi, Thailand

Ms Duong Bich Hanh, Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Bangkok, remarked, “The diversity of heritage typologies and countries where the winning projects come from are truly remarkable. The number of projects that have successfully addressed various aspects of the sustainable development agenda is also commendable.”

The Jury applauded the Nizamuddin Basti project for its “outstanding achievement in placing heritage at the heart of the sustainable development agenda” and noted that “through an innovative People-Public-Private Partnership model, the project overcame major socio-economic challenges and improved health, education and well-being, particularly for women and youth”. The Jury further commented, “It is notable that the development initiatives preceded the conservation efforts, which encompassed the meticulous restoration of over 20 historic monuments clustered around the 14th-century mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. From conserving monuments to reviving local crafts, to improving the urban environment and creating new jobs, the project has brought about the revitalization of the living historic urban landscape in its truest sense.”

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