IRCICA's activities for preservation of architectural heritage
IRCICA works for assessment, recording, preservation, promotion of public awareness and functional re-use of the historical sites, architectural monuments and archaeological treasures belonging to the Islamic historical geography.
IRCICA works for assessment, recording, preservation, promotion of public awareness and functional re-use of the historical sites, architectural monuments and archaeological treasures belonging to the Islamic historical geography. One of its main permanent projects is the “Prince Sultan bin Salman Islamic Architectural Heritage Database” (www.ircicaarchdata.org). The Database was established with sponsorship from H.R.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and Chairman and Founder of Al Turath Foundation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (www.stch.gov.sa). A digital library is maintained by IRCICA in connection with the Database.
Another main program of IRCICA relating to architectural heritage is the series of specialized short-term schools for young scholars and professionals aiming to upgrade skills in conservation and re-use of architectural heritage in present-time functions. The program, titled “Islamic Urban Heritage. Research, Preservation, Management”, is implemented jointly with Al-Turath Islamic Heritage Foundation. It contributes in promoting technical expertise on management and planning of the economic and touristic impact of urban and architectural heritage. The short-term schools are organized twice a year, as Spring and Summer programs. They include lectures and study visits to locations of architectural heritage sites and monuments. They are designed for graduate and undergraduate students and young professionals trained in architecture, urban planning, archaeology, art history, history, civil engineering or project management. The thirteenth school program, which is the eighth Summer program, took place in Bukhara and Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
IRCICA’s activity programs relating to Al-Quds and Palestine in particular are directly concerned with preservation of Islamic heritage. In this context the Centre aims to disseminate information and raise awareness in world opinion about the Islamic history and heritage of in Al-Quds and Palestine. This is done by means of research, publications, diplomatic-academic congresses, exhibitions of archival documentary materials on different occasions around the world, architectural seminars and field missions. Data and information about Al-Quds is loaded regularly in the Islamic Architectural Heritage Database.