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Monumental neglect: Mumbai has been left without its local Heritage Committee to oversee its listed heritage structures
Read more here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Mumbais-heritage-at-risk-with-no-watchdog-panel-in-place/articleshow/48138171.cms
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
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.
1st International Conference on Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art
17 – 19 May 2016. Valéncia, Spain
The Conference aims to highlight the importance of Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art to the world and its influence across different regions.
The Meeting will deal with the design of many types of buildings in Islamic countries, including not only the better known public buildings such as mosques, mausolea, citadels and forts, but also houses and gardens, engineering works such as bridges and dams, irrigation systems and many others which have also had a profound impact on society. Islamic Architecture has enriched design with a wide variety of structural shapes, including among others, unique arches, a wide variety of vaults and domes which allow for new forms to be developed. The influence that these structural forms have in non-Islamic countries will be one of the themes of the Conference.
There is much to learn from past experiences to arrive at solutions which are environmentally sound and sustainable in the long term. As conventional energy resources become scarce, the Islamic design heritage can offer invaluable lessons on how to deal in an efficient manner with cases of hard and extreme environments. Traditional architecture and urban environment in most Islamic countries is now being eroded by overemphasis on global type of architecture and city planning. As a consequence, many regions are losing their identity. The Conference will aim to review these developments in the light of what the classical Islamic urban designs and architectures have to offer modern society. An equally important part of the Meeting will analyse the materials employed and the types of structural elements, particularly those unique to Islamic architecture. Associated topics of discussion will include music, textiles and ceramics, which are essential parts of the archit! ectural fabric.
The Conference will encompass papers on construction materials, including not only stone and brick but also more perishable materials such as adobe, wood and reeds. Preserving that Heritage also requires the development of appropriate conservation techniques in response to the different materials used and the ways structural forms work, including under extreme conditions, such as earthquakes. Papers relevant to the influence of Islamic architecture on the development of new structural form, shape and design in the Western countries are particularly welcome. The Meeting will be of interest to all researchers, practitioners and government employees actively involved in the topic of Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art.
3rd International Conference on Defence Sites: Heritage and Future
4 – 6 May 2016. Alicante, Spain
The 3rd International Conference on Defence Sites: Heritage and Future will be reconvened in 2016 in Alicante following the success of the previous meetings held in Portsmouth, UK in 2012 and the Arsenale di Venezia, Italy in 2014. The conference series launched by the Wessex Institute is co-organised on this occasion by the University of Alicante, Spain.
Redundant defence sites offer a range of opportunities to planners, architects and local communities to redevelop large areas, bringing new life to often neglected parts of towns. The opportunities are common to many countries and the papers to be presented at the conference will stress this common feature and help to share experiences of the transformation of defence sites to civilian uses around the world. The conference objective is to raise the knowledge of the scale, design and functions of defence sites. It brings a better understanding of the issues raised by their redundancy and the implications of different disposal processes for the land.
The re-use of defence sites also raises questions regarding the need to recover brownfields and contaminated land which can have far-reaching legal responsibilities and environmental consequences. Another aim of the conference is to discuss the need to achieve sustainable development which involves issues related to maintenance and conservation, as well as built and natural environmental controls, while responding to the needs and aspirations of the community.
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1st INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Dialogue among Cultures
CARNIVALS IN THE WORLD
ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO FOUNDATION
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE LIFE BEYOND TOURISM
UNIVERSITY OF NARIÑO
with the collaboration
FONDAZIONE CARNEVALE VIAREGGIO
FLORENCE – VIAREGGIO (Italy)
February 3-7, 2016
Submission Abstract: extended to July 31, 2015
COORDINATION OF SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
Claudia Afanador, University of Nariño, Pasto, Colombia
Olimpia Niglio, International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Fundación Romualdo Del Bianco, Florence, Italy; University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia.
VENUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
February 3-4, 2016
Centro Congressi al Duomo, Via de’ Cerretani 54/r
Viareggio, February 5-6, 2016
Il Principino, Viale Marconi 130 and Cittadella Carnevale, Viareggio
Viareggio, February 7, 2016
The parade. First Sunday of Carnival
Contacts and Information:
Italian, Spanish and English
The characters of the popular traditions, based on the disguises, have origins in ancient festivals very different among them. In these artistic manifestations there is a large opening to human sentiments and thoughts; these are expressions of meetings where converge all peoples with their social, ethnic, economic, political and religious differences. In these traditional celebrations the daily life is built by the imagination, by the game and all this allows a continuous enrichment and exchange of cultural knowledge. These urban festivals allow to build art forms often unique.
Among these artistic events we identify the Carnival, a city festival, that in the West it has origin in ancient ceremonies of the Greek and Roman period. These customs are survivals of ancient purification rituals. However today the Carnival has become a symbol of meetings that take place in public spaces of the city where you could meet people with different cultural backgrounds. All this allows you to enjoy and to share, in the large festival with interesting diversities, the traditional and artistic expressions of the different cultures.
The 1st International Symposium Life Beyond Tourism, Dialogue among cultures. Carnivals in the worlds, is going to take place in Florence and Viareggio (Italy) in February 3-7, 2016. The Symposium offers a reflection on the international Value of Intangible Heritage as defined by UNESCO, or rather practices, representations, knowledge and techniques that must facilitate a strong sense of cultural identity (UNESCO, Declaration of 2003) among the communities, groups and individuals.
This Cultural Heritage is showed in different sectors of human activity: art, economics, sociology, anthropology, architecture, engineering, etc.. So the Carnival plays an important role in the cultural world because it proposes to protect an important traditional heritage and to strengthen the cultural and social integration between East and West.
Another very important aspect is the education to the popular culture, a fundamental educational process for the new generations to promote knowledge of the history and the value of their local heritage.
ACADEMIC FINALITY OF THE SYMPOSIUM:
The fundamental finality of the 1st International Symposium Life Beyond Tourism is launching a biennial event in Florence for to analyze the issues related to the urban festivals and masquerades, festivals that take place in different methods and in different countries of the world. During this Symposium will be studied and deepened new topics related to these cultural urban events and will be favored a large debate to a profitable intercultural dialogue.
The 1st International Symposium on the Carnival was born with the scope to deepen the knowledge of different and multicultural expressions that occur in public and urban spaces for the cultural dialogue, for the integration and the respect for differences.
FINALITY OF THE ORGANIZATION:
To promote a space for intercultural dialogue between the scientific community, the local community and future generations, with the finality to share the different methods of understanding the tradition of the Carnival around the world.
The Symposium will be realized with individual and selected presentations. These presentations will be accompanied by colorful pictures – very representative – graphics, video, music media with the scope to reconstruct the environments and the sensations of the individual Carnivals in the world.
It follows an interdisciplinary debate. It can also show videos, documentaries, books and documents on the subject of the Carnival.
The program of the Symposium will be disseminated between the main academic institutions and the universities around the world.
MAIN TOPICS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
1. Carnival and Intercultural Dialogue
2. Carnival and urban theater
3. Carnival and traditions
4. Carnival, art, technology and economy
5. Carnivals and their role in identity and place-making.
ORGANIZING INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE:
Claudia Afanador, University of Nariño, Pasto, Colombia
Maurizio Bossi, Board Member Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Italy
Paolo Del Bianco, President, Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Emma Mandelli, University of Florence and International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Olimpia Niglio, International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Marc Laenen, Board Member Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Belgium
Gerardo Sanchez, University of Nariño, Pasto, Colombia
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:
Luca Baraldi, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose “Santa Maria di Monte Berico”, Vicenza, Italy
Mirtha Buelvas, University of Atlántico, Colombia
Alberto Escovar Wilson White, Ministery of Culture, Colombia
Vincenzo Esposito, University of Salerno, Italy
Fabrizio Galli, President, Associazione Costruttori Carnevale Viareggio, Italy
Marcos Gonzalez Perez, Intercultura Colombia
Riccardo Gionata Gheri, President, Rotary Club Firenze “Amerigo Vespucci”, Italy
Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, President, ICOMOS Scientific Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage, Australia
Eliyahu Eduardo Muñoz, Fundación Organización Carnaval Nacional de Carnavales, Colombia
Stefano Pozzoli, Università Parthenope of Naples, Italy
Francesca Sbardella, University of Bologna, Italy
Javier Tobar, University of Cauca, Colombia
Isabel Tort, UNESCO Chair Forum – University and Heritage, Universitat Politècnica de Valéncia, Spain
International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Contacts and Information:
July 17, 2015Greetings from CEPT Archives!
We invite you to the inauguration of CEPT Archives, coinciding with the opening of its first exhibition and launch of its digital portal, on 1st August 2015. Started since Dec 2013, this event will mark the official launch of CEPT Archives: for built environment, design and culture in India. Please consider this email as a personal invitation from the Archives team.The exhibition will be focused on the strong tradition of Documentation at CEPT University, curated by Prof. Kireet Patel, Jay Thakkar and Sachin Soni. Based out of a wide-ranging collection of 149 projects and 5214 drawings in total, the exhibition intends to showcase the richness of learning articulated through the medium of regional and traditional built environments. To give a panoramic overview of the studies conducted across India, the exhibition is conceptualized by understanding of various regions, typologies, scale and various other aspects of making a built form, which affect the everyday lives.
The launch event will be honored by Padma Bhushan historian, Professor Madhusudan Dhaky, along with Dr. Pradeep Mehendiratta and Dr. Vandana Sinha from American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). Exhibition will be open until 16th August, 2015.
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An essay on documenting Jahangir Mahal in Orccha, MP by HCN member Neeraj Bhagat.
Post courtesy World Monuments Fund.
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