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AkzoNobel promoting awareness of heritage preservation

Released at: 08:37, 18/04/2019

AkzoNobel promoting awareness of heritage preservation

Photo: Hung Cao (VET)

Urban heritage preservation and modern development the main topic of paint and coating firm's seminars.

by Hung Cao

AkzoNobel, the leading company in paints and coatings in the world, and its paint brand Dulux Professional, has extended the impact of last month’s Urban Heritage Preservation seminar in Hanoi by organizing a similar seminar in Ho Chi Minh City last week, once again creating a forum for all sectors to discuss the issue of balancing heritage preservation and modern development.

More than 250 participants, who are architects, developers and professionals in the field, attended the seminar to discuss the requirement of preservation in modern society, new approaches to ensure the balance of heritage preservation and economic growth, and how to adopt foreign experience in specific cases.

Practical experience and viewpoints were shared by Mr. Larry Ng, Commissioner General of the Singapore Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai in the UAE, and Mr. Cao Thanh Nghiep, Director of the Project Management Unit at the Project Restoring the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City.

The “Urban Heritage Preservation - A key to sustainable development” seminar reflects another effort following AkzoNobel’s achievements in 2017 and 2018 in preserving Vietnam’s famous architectural structures.

“I am glad to have another chance to work with AkzoNobel to raise awareness about building sustainable urban areas after last year’s event on smart cities,” said Mr. Ng. “Singapore is rapidly growing and we are gradually resolving the riddle of keeping modern development balanced with maintaining iconic buildings and landmarks. We have gained certain successes. I hope that our practical experience might be a reference for Vietnam to preserve urban heritages, thus improve life in cities both economically and socially.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Nghiep told the seminar that “heritage preservation is a shared task of authorities, companies, and local people. From our experience, we see that support from companies like AkzoNobel with the latest innovative products and solutions ensures the goal of protecting the building and saving its aesthetic and historical value. We welcome such collaboration to help restorations be more effective.”

“Heritages are precious assets of any nation,” said Ms. Pamela Phua, General Director of AkzoNobel Paints Vietnam. “They are not only historical and cultural symbols of the country but also attract tourists, contributing to local economic growth. AkzoNobel sees that heritages, if properly restored, can also be turned into revenue generators through Vietnam’s already-blossoming tourism industry.”

“As a global paints and coatings company, AkzoNobel calls on its expertise and products to protect, restore, and add color to the built environment. By collaborating with many different parties including international institutional partners as well as local government authorities, AkzoNobel is committed to hugely supporting the revitalization of Vietnam’s historical heritages nationwide.”

Last month in Hanoi, AkzoNobel stirred up the architect and urban developer community with an international seminar on the theme of Urban Heritage Preservation. More than 250 heritage experts discussed a major question in the field, of whether “to renew or restore” heritages in a modern economy.

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