Heritage Architecture

Heritage driven Urban Regeneration is a model that addresses the multidisciplinary necessity of the process of Conservation and inclusion of Heritage in the development process, giving importance to what urban heritage can deliver to the city and to the communities in question.

Over the past few years, serious concern has been expressed for conservation of urban historic cores and some effort has been seen by the Government and NGOs. We as citizens of India have a special responsibility for preservation of our heritage as one of our fundamental duties as our Constitution stipulates that ‘it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to value and preserve the rich heritage of composite culture.’

It is also true that India is endowed with the richest and the most diverse stock of cultural and architectural heritage, with a significant proportion of them constituting living monuments. However, the cause of preservation and conservation of heritage can be served only by providing statutory backing to the listing. Mere listing is of limited use unless it serves the cause of preservation and conservation of the heritage of the area.

Heritage-led regeneration

What is heritage-driven Urban Regeneration and how it marries conservation with progress?

Heritage management

About heritage management and its importance to modern, urban living.

Our heritage, our prestige

A Sawdust infographic on India’s rich diversity of heritage architecture, showcasing the most prominent sites from across India. Download. Share. Enjoy.

It’s our duty to protect heritage

Heritage structures are pride of our nation and they are national assets. They are the mirror of our culture and their preservation

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Vikas Dilawari, Vikas Dilawari Conservation Architects, Mumbai

‘All historical sites are important and if things are done well and information shared than it does do proper justice, A simple

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Ar. Abha Narain Lambah, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai

‘Fire audit of Government owned heritage buildings should be done at a priority’ says Ar. Abha Narain Lambah, Conservation Architect & Historic Building

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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is no longer in danger

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June, decided yesterday to remove the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the

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Dr. Brinda Somaya, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai

“I have always been very optimistic and there are great young architects in our country today and I am sure they will

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10 heritage sites to raise their sanitation standards

Ten new heritage sites of the country have firmed up action plans for raising their sanitation standards to exemplary levels. These places

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Involvement of Pvt sector is the need of the hour

In recent years, the government has launched several schemes and programs to maintain heritage sites and cities on a sustainable basis. Though

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Ravindra Gundu Rao, Principal Architect, Ravi Gundu Rao and Associates

“Education and training in design without emphasis on repair as an adherent art and science has led to present situation that we

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Panchakroshi Yatra, Cosmic Circuit of Varanasi, Rana P.B. Singh & Pravin S. Rana

“While public efforts have historically failed to improve the Panchakroshi Yatra pilgrimage route, there has also been at least one attempt to

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We need a comprehensive conservation policy

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country.

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Will Mumbai make it to World Heritage List?

Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco architecture will be once again in limelight at the World Heritage Committee’s annual session in Bahrain this

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Requeim for an Art Deco Icon of Madras?, Prathyaksha Krishna Prasad

“Do Chennai’s Art Deco buildings have a future?”, asks Prathyaksha Krishna Prasad, Urban Conservation architect “The city—and I think of it as Madras

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Sorry state of Indian heritage sites

We as citizens of India have a special responsibility for preservation of our heritage as one of our fundamental duties as our

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We need government patronage for survival of local architecture

Architectural masterpiece – Taj Mahal of Agra,  splendid and most beautiful palaces of Udaipur, famous temples of South India and iconic British

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Garden-tomb at Taj Mahal will be ready by mid-2019

Renovation work of the 16th Century garden-tomb that inspired the architect of Taj Mahal will be completed in mid-2019 and will be

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150 year old museum renovated to make it sustainable

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located close to White House in Washington DC was the first purpose-built art

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Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace to be renovated

More than a century old Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace in Mysuru will be renovated to save the heritage structure from leakage. Renovation will

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Complaint lodged with US agency against sale of heritage items

Controversy over auctioning of Corbusier-designed objects has once again surfaced with Chandigarh based heritage expert Ajay Jagga lodging a complaint with US

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Conservation and restoration of Purana Qila is on

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up conservation, restoration, Up-Gradation & development works at the Historical Purana Qila in New

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Conservation of Bantony Castle is planned

The government is planning to undertake conservation, restoration and rehabilitation of the Bantony Castle as part of the tourism development project for

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‘India protects only 10k heritage buildings’

According to Ratish Nanda, Conservation Architect and CEO, Aga Khan trust for Culture, India, art and conservation sector still remains under the

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Alorna Fort to be restored

Department of Archives and Archaeology (DAA), Goa has allotted the work of restoration of the 17th century Alorna fort in Goa to

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State-of-the-art tourist centre at Konark

Now a state-of-the-art tourist facilitation centre having an auditorium with digital audio and visual systems will welcome the tourists at the entry

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24 LOI signed under ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’

Till now 24 Letters of Intent (LoI) have been issued to agencies for 76 sites under “Adopt a Heritage Project” launched by

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UN Habitat meet to discuss A’bad urban planning

India’s only heritage city will become a subject matter of discussion for world urban planners at a UN Habitat meet. Ahmedabad’s public

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36 sites from India inscribed on World Heritage List

36 Sites from India are inscribed on the World Heritage List which include 28 Cultural, 7 Natural and 1 Mixed category site.

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TN Budget brings cheers to heritage conservationists

The latest state budget of Tamil Nadu may bring in smiles on the face of heritage conservationists as it has allocated funds

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Centuries old tavern restored

232-year-old Denmark Tavern in the historical town of Serampore in West Bengal is ready to host visitors after two years of renovation

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Architects oppose plan to convert CSMT into museum

Some noted architects have opposed the Railway Minister’s plan to convert the 130-year-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) building into a museum.

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Novel way to remember Laurie Baker

Kerala has found a novel way to pay tribute to ‘poorman’s architect’ Laurie Baker who spent later part of his life in

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156 year old school fights for survival

St Joseph’s Anglo Indian Girls Higher Secondary School in Malabar, built in 1862, is one of the few century-old buildings still surviving

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Tenders for Textile Museum in final stages

The BMC’s plan for a textile museum at Kalachowkie in Mumbai has gained momentum with the tenders for the first phase are

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CEPT program on Historic Masonry Structures

Center for Professional Development (CPD) of CEPT University will be conducting five-day professional program on Historic  Masonry Structures – Materials, Structure &

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Badshapur Qila may be restored

Badshapur Qila, a Mughal-era fort at Badshapur near Gurgaon, may be restored to its original condition. The Qila (fort) – one of

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2 sites in Arunachal seek UNESCO heritage tag

Arunachal Pradesh is seeking UNESCO World Heritage tag for the Apatani cultural landscape in Ziro Valley under Lower Subansiri district of the

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Indian Railways to take heritage seriously

A brainstorming session was organised by the Railway Board to identify reformative measures to promote heritage preservation in Indian Railways. The day-long

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Renovation cost of Hindu Hostel doubles

In July 2015, Hindu Hostel in Kolkata was vacated for renovation work. Since then nothing much has happened to the building but

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Speeding up Mecca Masjid restoration urged

Recently a team of people consisting of Waqf Board officials, authorities from the State Archaeology Department, Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) and

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Stepwells of Gurgaon create heritage awareness

Gurgaon is known for its high-rises and buildings with modern architecture. But the government has different plans for Gurgaon – making Gurgaon

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Bihar Govt wants world heritage tag for Cyclopean Wall

Bihar state government wants world heritage status for Cyclopean Wall at Rajgir which is considered to be among the oldest specimen of

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