The Historic city of Yazd was inscribed on the World Heritage List under criteria (iii) and (v) during 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland, from 2 to 12 July 2017. Hence, the world community once more confirmed the importance of this historic city as a unique exceptional testimony to a living cultural tradition and an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement which is representative of human interaction with the environment.
Yazd historic city is considered to be a significant stage in the evolution course of the earth and the world; transporting water by means of Qanat and using the soil of the same region to construct buildings specifically for the same place is among the outstanding characteristics of Yazd, demonstrating utilization of resources as well as creativeness in architecture.
Furthermore the city’s landscape, badgirs(wind carchers) domes , gozars (walkways) , sabats, tekiehs, husseiniehs (religious places) and cisterns have all contributed toward crafting an exceptional and harmonious ensemble with the region’ environment. Inscription of the historic city of Yazd doubled the Yazdis’s sense of belonging to Yazd, instigating them all to increasingly do as much as they could through various activities in order to present the values of this important site nationally and internationally.
Organising cultural events, such as conferences and workshops at national and international levels, is among important the tools in this regard. Of course, it should be reminded that ICOMOS, along with various other relevant national and international bodies, organised two international conferences in Yazd in 1972 and 1976 in order to further understand the values of the earthen architecture and disseminate them to the world. Years later the 9th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture (Terra 2003) was successfully held in Yazd, in Dolatabad Garden (now a world heritage site), from 29th November to 2nd December 2003.
Now, with the Historic City of Yazd becoming universal, it is decided that two following cultural events:
- First International Workshop on the Earthen Architecture , World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges (10th to 16th February 2019,Yazd, Iran)
- First International Conference of the World Heritage City of Yazd: Potentials and Challenges of Historic Cities (16thto 19th February 2019, Yazd, Iran).
be held in Yazd so that while benefiting from the opinions and experiences of national and international experts in the field of earthen architecture, a forum could also be formed in order to discuss and survey various scientific, cultural and technical aspects of mud brick and earthen architecture.
Yazd, with all its beauties, marvels, and appeals is ready to host you.
Therefore, I am pleased to be able to invite all national and international experts to enhance these two events with their participation.