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Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur via NPTEL

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This course is designed to address Historic Preservation and Conservation as an approach that establishes a link between past, present and future. To familiarize the students with the status of conservation movement, various agencies involved in the field of conservation worldwide and their policies. Introduction to International framework of conservation, definitions and concepts. Various guidelines for the preservation, conservation and restoration of building, and an overview of current status of conservation and preservation in India are elaborated. Students are informed about the character and issues in our heritage towns, challenges of establishing the significance and the process of impact assessment through case studies, Concept of integrating development and heritage preservation, about opportunities and community participation are highlighted along with exposure to management and presentation of heritage buildings and sites.


Week 1: Understanding Heritage. Types of Heritage. Heritage conservation- Need, Debate and purpose. Defining Conservation, Preservation and Adaptive reuse. Distinction between Architectural and Urban Conservation. Ethics of conservation , Significance and Value Assessment

Week 2: History of Conservation Movement, International agencies like ICCROM , UNESCO and their role in Conservation, World Heritage Sites , Selection criteria , Case Studies , Endangered sites Inviscid Flows and Reynolds Transport Theorem

Week 3: Monument conservation and the role of Archeological Survey of India –role of INTACH – Central and state government policies and legislations – inventories and projects- select case studies of sites such as Hampi, Golconda, Mahabalipuram -craft Issues of conservation

Week 4: Listing of monuments- documentation of historic structures- assessing architectural character –historic structure report- guidelines for preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of historic structures- Case studies, seismic retrofit and disabled access/ services additions to historic buildings-heritage site management

Week 5: Over view of urban history of India - understanding the character and issues of historic cities – select case studies of towns - historic districts and heritage precincts

Week 6: New building in historic settings. Townscape analysis , Visual Integration heritage impact assessment

Week 7: Interpretation and Presentation of Historic Sites . urban conservation and heritage tourism, Heritage Trail .

Week 8: Conservation as a planning tool.- financial incentives and planning tools such as Transferable Development Right(TDR)- conservation project management, Community participation (contd.)

Taught by

Sanbghamitra Basu

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