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Water and Heritage

Date: 14 November 2018, 14:30 hours (Indian Standard Time - IST)



PRESENTATION: Water as Heritage (Henk van Schaik, & Tino Mager, The Netherlands)


12th ICID Webinar on Water and Heritage

ICID, under its policy to extend its knowledge dissemination wider, conducts regular Webinar Services for its members in particular and wider irrigation and drainage community in general. The Webinar is being divided into two series, namely, ‘Professional Series’ delivered by renowned water experts with 10+ years of experience and ‘Young Professional Series’ provided by young professionals in the water sector, particularly working on agricultural water management (AWM) and other related topics. 




Water-related heritage can be found all over the world and in all layers of time. The provision of drinking water, irrigation of fields, transport on water or the use of hydropower are just a few examples of areas in which refined and sustainable solutions were found long ago. In the course of the 20th century, many of these solutions were ‘modernised’ and replaced by ingenious, simple and cheap approaches. This not only interrupted traditional lines, but also ignored the historical knowledge manifested in the water-related heritage and the experience with local conditions applied therein. Today there is a multitude of organisations and professions dealing with contemporary problems concerning water (supply, protection, treatment, etc.). On the other hand, associations and individuals are dedicated to the historical and heritage aspects of water-related heritage sites. They usually concentrate on architectural or urban planning aspects. What is missing so far is an approach that makes the knowledge that can be experienced through the heritage sites, and the experience that is expressed in them, usable for contemporary problems. In addition to physical architectural aspects, immaterial aspects such as institutions and governance, including legal and spiritual ethical values, are important for future water challenges, planning and policy. An approach that adds historical knowledge to modern engineering solutions can help solve acute problems more sustainably and optimally than approaches that ignore these historical and intangible aspects. By integrating them into contemporary construction tasks, we can draw on a great deal of experience, find unconventional solutions and make better decisions.

The webinar will examine this underestimated topic. On the subject of water-related heritage sites, it will highlight the relevance of heritage for the present and the future. Case studies on water heritage will be presented and the plan to set up an ICOMOS international scientific committee to encourage water heritage research will be illustrated.


Speakers: Henk van Schaik (ICOMOS Netherlands) and
Tino Mager (TU Delft / Centre for Global Heritage and Development)

Henk van Schaik is an MSc in water engineering at Wageningen University (graduation 1973). From 1973 till 1987 he worked on water supply for rural areas in Africa, and from 1987 till 2000 as Water Advisor/Inspector for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation. From 2001 till 2012 he was the Director of the International Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate. From 2012 till date, he is the Ambassador Water and Heritage of ICOMOS NL. His fascination is to help make water-related cultural heritage relevant for planners and policymakers dealing with present and future water challenges.  Since 2012 he pursues this MISSION with Diederik Six (former President of ICOMOS, Netherlands) through organising events, publications, media, presentations and the initiation of the International Scientific Committee ‘Water and Heritage’ of ICOMOS. He is a member of the International Technical Committee of the “World Water Systems Heritage Programme” of ICID and the WWC. 


Tino Mager

Tino Mager studied media technology in Leipzig and art history and communication science in Berlin, Barcelona and Tokyo; 2004 graduate engineer (Diplom), 2009 Magister Artium. In 2015 he received his PhD at the Institute of Art Studies and Historical Urban Studies at the TU Berlin with the thesis Schillernde Unschärfe - der Begriff der Authentizität im architektonischen Erbe (Dazzling vagueness - the notion of authenticity in architectural heritage). The dissertation was funded by an Elsa Neumann Fellowship and was awarded the interdisciplinary Tiburtius Prize (1st prize) for outstanding dissertations. He completed research stays in Japan and at the University of California, Los Angeles and was a lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin and the ITU Istanbul. Subsequently, scientific assistant at the Chair of History and Theory of Architecture at the TU Dortmund and postdoctoral fellow of the Leibniz Association. Since 2017 he has been a postdoc at the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Delft University of Technology. Tino's main interests include heritage conservation and cultural heritage theory. In addition, he has published on post-war modernist architecture and its preservation, on Japanese architecture and the transnational education of artists in the 19th century. As part of the ArchiMediaL project, he is working on the development of methods for the use of artificial intelligence in architectural historical research.




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