Opening Lead Keynote Speaker
Dr Johannes Widodo is the director of MA.ArC (Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation) program, and Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia) of the National University of Singapore. He is an Associate Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), the founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network), Executive Committee member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management, jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee, a founding member and director of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore and Indonesia, a founding member of DoCoMoMo Macau and Singapore, the founder and executive director of iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture). He served as an advisory board member of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments of the National Heritage Board of Singapore (2013-2019) and a board member of SEACHA (South-East Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance) (since 2019). His research interests are Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism; Urban Design and Urban Studies; Heritage Conservation and Management; Tropical Architecture; Training and Education in Architecture, Urbanism, and Cultural Heritage Management; and Cultural Sustainability. He received his first professional degree in Architecture (Ir.) from Parahyangan Catholic University (Bandung, Indonesia, 1984), Master of Architectural Engineering (M.Arch.Eng.) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium, 1988), and PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan, 1996). – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Saving Our Planet and Civilization: It is Wisdom, not Knowledge or Technology
Natural and human-made disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, war, and pandemics, have been happening from time to time in the history of human civilization and will continue to happen until the end of the world. Climate has been changing many times, and we have been living with Influenza for thousands of years. But, human beings and our civilization have not extinct and can always rebound, rejuvenate, and thrive.
The key to human resilience and survival is Wisdom, not Knowledge. Knowledge is simply knowing, but Wisdom involves a considerable amount of perspective and the ability to make sound judgments on an issue or subject matter. The keynote will highlight some examples of environmental and cultural Wisdom, manifested in green, healthy, and sustainable architecture and technology that we can learn from the past generations. They can be adopted and adapted at present and in the future to tackle the current and future pandemic and climate crises.