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Strong interest in HPI 2017
Heritage Preservation International 2017 (HPI) in Shanghai has drawn to a successful close. From 10 to 12 August 2017, goods and services offered by 84 exhibitors from China, Germany, Russia and Canada were examined by about 3,200 registered trade visitors from nine countries. The exhibitors at HPI largely comprised restoration companies, universities and planning companies as well as manufacturers of building and restoration materials, measuring instruments, scanners and 3D visualization technology.
The high number of participants from abroad was gratifying. As well as a stand devoted to the restoration of murals hosted by the Russian Ministry of Culture, a 20-strong delegation from Russia made up of representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the city governments of Moscow and St Petersburg, and the Russian Association of Restorers arrived to take part in the congress and explore possibilities for collaboration with China. “Chinese colleagues have expressed great interest in our technologies,” declared Oleg Ryzhkov, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Culture.
International congress with speakers from seven countries
Specialists found the international congress programme featuring speakers from China, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Russia, Sweden and Turkey especially interesting, and sometimes there was standing room only. Experts spoke about successful examples of restoration from all over the world as well as training courses, the repurposing of industrial architecture, and the use of new technology such as 3D scanning and digitization. Moreover, companies held a series of workshops where they presented their products. And German architects reported on restoration projects they’d carried out in not only Germany but also China.
HPI’s key Chinese partners include the SACH State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City, and ICOMOS China.
For foreign manufacturers, restorers, skilled craftsmen and planners, there’s no better place to conquer the Chinese market than Shanghai. The restoration of the European architecture in this, one of the world’s biggest cities, offers unique openings to overseas exhibitors. Their construction technologies and materials as well as their planning expertise are indispensable for such projects – because they’re often unavailable in China. Nowhere in China is the share of private investment in restoration projects (60 per cent) as high as in Shanghai. Nowhere else is such high investment to be seen in the refurbishment of buildings of all ages. And no-where else are as many neighbourhoods (including 27 square kilometres in the city centre alone) being protected and redeveloped under a three-year action plan.
HPI will next take place in Shanghai at the end of August 2019.
Shanghai Exhibition Center
1000 Yan’an Road, 200040 Shanghai, China
Opening times for visitors:
First day, 09.00am – 5.00pm
Second day, 09.00am – 5.00pm
Third day, 09.00am – 4:00pm