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  • AK 7:30 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    INTACH plans to save Delhi’s modern heritage

  • AK 7:29 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Heritage development plans approved for 8 Indian cities

  • AK 7:28 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    ASI draws list of must-see sites in India

  • AK 7:11 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Call for Papers: Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage 

    International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

    Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage

    March 31 – April 4, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

    Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and National Taiwan University

    Flyer: Call for Papers_Inheriting the City_Taiwan 2016

    In the context of rapid cultural and economic globalisation, over half of the World’s population now live in urban areas. Through rural migration, new economic opportunities and enhanced global mobilities, cities and towns have expanded dramatically resulting in challenges to their character and identity.  Visible changes in skylines and boundaries are also accompanied by less obvious shifts in how cities preserve, present and promote their pasts and traditions against fierce and competitive demands for space. Urban heritage, as the valued tangible and intangible legacies of the past, would appear to be an increasingly important asset for communities and governments alike, allowing cities to mark their distinctiveness, attract tourists and inward investment and, retain a historical narrative that feeds into the quality of life. At the same time, new heritage – the heritage of the future – is being created in cities and towns. This reflects the patterns and trends of wider economic, social and cultural change and is resulting in ‘starchitecture’ and new iconic structures, but also in small scale interventions whereby communities are creating and nurturing buildings, objects, spaces and practices that have meaning and value to them.

    In this context, this conference seeks to examine the processes of protecting, planning and promoting urban heritage in the face of on-going changes, pressures and opportunities at the global and the local level. We wish to better understand the ways in which heritage can be mobilised in the development of city well-being and the changing approaches to how it is managed, taking into account issues of ownership, responsibility, local and national economies and identities. Critically we address the question of long term sustainability and pose the question of what will future residents, communities and tourists inherit from their towns and cities?

    The Conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and we invite papers from all disciplines and fields including: anthropology, architecture, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, cultural studies, design, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, tourism studies, urban history, urban/spatial planning.

    We welcome perspectives on all aspects of urban heritage / heritage in the urban context – world heritage, historic urban landscapes, colonial heritage, religious heritage, intangible heritage and traditions, museum heritage, food heritage etc. Potential themes of interest include:

    • Innovative modalities of protection and planning urban heritage
    • Community approaches to and uses of, urban heritage
    • City based tourism and visitor economies of urban heritage
    • Urban heritage as a form of social resistance
    • Heritage as city memory
    • Cosmopolitan urban heritage and re-creating identities
    • Global and mega-city competition through heritage
    • Revitalising the city through heritage
    • Sub-urban  and sub-altern heritage
    • Urban spaces, traditions and intangible heritage

    Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title and contact details to as soon as possible but no later than October 15th 2015.

  • AK 7:06 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    International Conference, “Conserving Living Urban Heritage: Theoretical Considerations of Continuity and Change” in Bangalore, Nov 2015 

    Please see below, and invitation to a heritage conference:


    Dear all with an interest in history and heritage,


    The UNESCO Chair, Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, invites practitioners and researchers inducing historians, architects, heritage conservationists, faculty members of universities and institutions to participate in the International Conference, “Conserving Living Urban Heritage: Theoretical Considerations of Continuity and Change”, to be held in Bangalore between 2628th November 2015.


    Please find attached:
    1. Conference Flyer which has details of the Conference Program: CLUHProgramFlyer, and
    2. Registration form for the Conference: CLUH_RegistrationForm


    The conference has a number of well-known speakers from India and overseas who are experts in their fields. We encourage you to please attend and participate in an event, which seeks to be one of many in the future, to help guide the direction of heritage conservation in India.


    Thank you,




    Dr. Vidhu Gandhi | Coordinator  for UNESCO Chair, Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development
    Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, P.O Box 6430, Yelahanka New Town – Bangalore
    T: +91 7022592174 |

  • AK 6:49 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tughluq-era palace in ruins in Delhi

  • AK 4:12 am on August 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Monumental neglect: Mughal shikargah falls prey to time

  • AK 5:34 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Monumental neglect: Mumbai has been left without its local Heritage Committee to oversee its listed heritage structures 

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  • AK 5:54 pm on July 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    HCN community member Aman Bijlani’s story of neglect and demolition of an abandoned historic structure in Ahmedabad 

    The Indian countryside is littered with such structures that are slowly disappearing. Vigilant citizens like Aman Bijlani, however, continue to highlight the problem of how to deal with abandoned structures like this that are not protected by local, state or central agencies. Thank you for sharing Aman. And all members of the HCN community, please continue to share your stories. Here’s Aman’s story:

    Hi. I’m Aman Bijlani from Ahmedabad, currently residing in Kankaria Ward. There is a building/structure/complex which I presume has a probable historic significance, presently within the campus of Kankaria water distribution station. I’ve been seeing it for past 15 years and been thinking about the history of that monument, but no one knows anything about it. It has been ignored by the residents living around. Good thing, it has now got surrounded by the water station walls for it helps in preserving the monument against vandalism; bad thing, I think a large part of it has been demolished (likely, deliberately) and is in derelict state. It according to rumours spread around a decade ago consisted (as the tunnel part has been demolished) of secret tunnels/passages which led to Jamshedpur, Junagadh and Karachi. I’ve myself seen the tunnels from outside but not sure about the destinations they led to of course. I’m hypothesizing that this monument must have been some kind of resting place for queens/women or a changing room for those who went to bath in the historic lake of Kankaria/Hauz-e-Qutb or both (which is located opposite to the site) and must be built in the 15th or 18th century. I’m just sharing it here for it makes us realize that such petty monuments are there like everywhere-standing wretched asking for some help but ends up being ignored (which, in a way is good but not great). Moreover, if possible for your team, can you get any information about it?
    I’m attaching a photo here. [It was big tomb-like structure where kids who played cricket on the ground beside it (locally called football ground) sat and played but now only small part of it remains which I think got demolished because of the WDS

  • AK 3:57 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    7th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism, 18 – 20 May 2016. Valéncia, Spain 

    7th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

    18 – 20 May 2016. Valéncia, Spain

    Sustainable Tourism 2016 is the seventh meeting organised in this successful series. The first was held in Segovia (2004), followed by Bologna (2006), Malta (2008), the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2010), A Coruña (2012) and Opatija, Croatia in 2014.
    Today tourism is an important component of development, not only in economic terms but also for knowledge and human welfare. Tourism has long since ceased to be something just for the privileged few and today is an activity accessible to a growing number of people. The phenomenon has many more advantages than disadvantages. New forms of economic development and increasing wealth of human societies depend on tourism. Our knowledge of the world now includes a strong component due to tourism. Human welfare has physiological and psychological elements, which tourism promotes, both because of the enjoyment of knowing new territories and increasing contacts with near or far away societies and cultures.
    The tourism industry has nevertheless given rise to some serious problems, including social costs and ecological impacts. Many ancient local cultures have practically lost their identity. Their societies have oriented their economy only to this industry. Both the natural and cultural – rural or urban – landscapes have also paid a high price for certain forms of tourism. These problems will persist if economic benefit is the only target, leading to economic gains that eventually become ruinous. It is also a grave error to disregard the fact that visitors nowadays are increasingly demanding in cultural and environmental terms.
    Never before have transport and communication links been so important as today. Natural ecosystems are now a rarity on the planet and ecologists talk today about ‘socio-ecosystems’. Given this, tourism and environmental education are facing a major challenge. The ‘Global Change’ is a set of natural environmental changes that are strongly affected by technological and social developments. Natural changes are inherent in the Earth’s ecosystem (the ‘ecosphere’). Also, technological and social changes are inherent to mankind (the ‘noosphere’), and are now becoming widespread. Cities are growing rapidly and industry requires increasingly larger areas. Many traditional rural areas are being abandoned.

    Tourism should also play an important role in this context. Thus, interestingly, many historic agricultural districts have maintained, or even recovered,their local population numbers through intelligent strategies of tourism focused on nature and rural culture. Natural landscapes and biodiversity are becoming increasingly appreciated. The tourism industry must be able to respond to these aspirations. Sustainable Tourism 2016 aims to find ways to protect the natural and cultural landscape through the development of new solutions which minimise the adverse effects of tourism. This can be achieved through new strategies involving the active collaboration of society as a whole.

    Submit an Abstract


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