Planning for Rural Heritage: Rural Romp 2021

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

The sixth annual Rural Romp is here, with the theme of ‘Rural Heritage’! Hosted by the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph, this two-part panel event will explore rural heritage conservation strategies, challenges, career pathways and research inspirations from near and far.

The first panel session takes place on March 4th, 4:30 pm – 6 pm, in which professionals in the industry will offer insight into planning and rural heritage conservation in a local context. The second panel session takes place on March 5th, 10 am – 11:30 am and features industry professionals who have worked or researched in the international capacity.

Local session panelists include Karen Lang from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) who will be presenting on the Windermere History Project along with Barbara Dutton from the Windermere Women’s Institute; Jennifer Larocque, creator at PopSilos Inc., which celebrates rural architecture in Ontario through art; Robert Pajot, Regeneration project leader at the National Trust for Canada who will be sharing data on rural places of faith; Shelley Ludman and Emma Abramowicz from ERA Architects who will be presenting on an ongoing initiative involving Ontario farmsteads.

International session panelists include Dr. Tokie Laotan-Brown, heritage architect and cultural economist at Merging Ecologies, and representing ICOMOS IFLA Nigeria and Ireland, who will present from an economist and African perspective; Dr. Mario Santana Quintero, professor at Carleton University, director of NSERC Create Heritage Engineering and Secretary General at ICOMOS Canada, who will present rural heritage projects he has been part of in Peru, Oman, Morocco and Spain; Dr. Timmi Tillmann, coordinator at International Terraced Landscapes Alliance (ITLA) and participatory research trainer will speak about terraced landscapes around the world; Dr. Tony Fuller, (retired) professor from SEDRD, will present research projects he supervised related to Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in China.

The Rural Romp is free to attend, however, registration is required. For more information or questions please contact Sampoorna Bhattacharya.

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