On 4 August 2022, the UIA Work Programme on Heritage and Cultural Identity hosted a webinar with a panel of experts on the Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings. Architect Dr Mohammad Habib Reza, nominated by IAB, heads this highly active work programme. Architect Mohammad Sazzad Hossain, IAB's Heritage and Culture Secretary is also an active member of this work programme. This is the second webinar of the this work programme. Architect Tan Pei Ing, the General Secretary of UIA, gave a short note on adaptive reuse. Eminent speakers Poonam Verma Mascarenhas, Ganit Mayslits Kassif, Jharna Joshi and Jeremie Hoffman gave their presentations on the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. Later, Prof Michel Turner summarised the discussion with his experienced insights. The webinar was moderated by Marla Haber Goldstein and coordinated by Mohammad Habib Reza, Kassim Mwamba Omar and Anju Malla Pradhan.
Aligning with the aim of UIA, the Work Programme has been organizing a series of discussions to promote and showcase architecture as a vital tool for achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The initial target is to generate substantial projects through discussion to show in the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Webinar on Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Buildings is the 1st webinar of this journey to relate two themes of the Copenhagen Grand Forum: Design for Rethinking Resources and Design for Health, through the heritage lens. The Heritage and Cultural Identity is already in the process of arranging two more webinars.