CPR-CSH Workshop on 'The Heritage of the Ordinary – A Case of Urban Heritage Conservation in Chandernagore'

CPR-CSH Workshop on 'The Heritage of the Ordinary – A Case of Urban Heritage Conservation in Chandernagore'
Aishwarya Tipnis
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 Add to Calendar 2017-09-26 15:45:00 2017-09-26 15:45:00 Asia/Kolkata CPR-CSH Workshop on 'The Heritage of the Ordinary – A Case of Urban Heritage Conservation in Chandernagore' The profession of heritage conservation has been dominated by monument conservation in India and has largely been the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India. The recognition of our everyday buildings (homes, educational institutes, courts of law, railway stations) as heritage is a fairly recent phenomenon. While cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Madras, Calcutta, Nagpur, Pune have adopted local legislation for the protection of this everyday heritage, there is a plethora of heritage buildings that lie unprotected across the country. What then is the future of non-monumental heritage especially in small towns in India? Chandernagore is an erstwhile French Colony situated about 40 kms from Kolkata and falls with the metropolitan area of Kolkata under the purview of KMDA. Once an important trading town, it is now relegated to being a suburb of Kolkata, and is under tremendous threat of piecemeal suburban redevelopment and of losing its essential urban character. The presentation will focus on the multiple efforts initiated by the voluntary sector that have been made over the last seven years for its valorisation and preservation. It shall discuss how citizens can make a difference in the preservation of their heritage in the absence of robust policies for heritage conservation. Aishwarya Tipnis is the principal architect of an eponymous architectural practice based in New Delhi working on making the past relevant to the future through a diversity of projects on architectural and urban heritage conservation in India. She is the recipient of the UNESCO Award for Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2016 and was selected to represent India at the Global Cultural Leadership Programme, First Edition as part of the European Union's Cultural Diplomacy Platform. She is also the recipient of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2011, Bonjour India Travel Fellowship 2010 as well as Scottish International Scholarship 2006. She is visiting faculty at the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi and the author of "Vernacular Traditions: Contemporary Architecture" published in 2012. An alumnus of the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi, she received a Masters Degree in European Urban Conservation with distinction from the University of Dundee, Scotland. This workshop is free and there is no registration required. Find all the videos of our previous workshops, here. This is the ninety-second in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For fur... Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
3:45 pm
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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The profession of heritage conservation has been dominated by monument conservation in India and has largely been the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India. The recognition of our everyday buildings (homes, educational institutes, courts of law, railway stations) as heritage is a fairly recent phenomenon. While cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Madras, Calcutta, Nagpur, Pune have adopted local legislation for the protection of this everyday heritage, there is a plethora of heritage buildings that lie unprotected across the country. What then is the future of non-monumental heritage especially in small towns in India?

Chandernagore is an erstwhile French Colony situated about 40 kms from Kolkata and falls with the metropolitan area of Kolkata under the purview of KMDA. Once an important trading town, it is now relegated to being a suburb of Kolkata, and is under tremendous threat of piecemeal suburban redevelopment and of losing its essential urban character. The presentation will focus on the multiple efforts initiated by the voluntary sector that have been made over the last seven years for its valorisation and preservation. It shall discuss how citizens can make a difference in the preservation of their heritage in the absence of robust policies for heritage conservation.

Aishwarya Tipnis is the principal architect of an eponymous architectural practice based in New Delhi working on making the past relevant to the future through a diversity of projects on architectural and urban heritage conservation in India. She is the recipient of the UNESCO Award for Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2016 and was selected to represent India at the Global Cultural Leadership Programme, First Edition as part of the European Union's Cultural Diplomacy Platform. She is also the recipient of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2011, Bonjour India Travel Fellowship 2010 as well as Scottish International Scholarship 2006. She is visiting faculty at the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi and the author of "Vernacular Traditions: Contemporary Architecture" published in 2012. An alumnus of the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi, she received a Masters Degree in European Urban Conservation with distinction from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

This workshop is free and there is no registration required. Find all the videos of our previous workshops, here.


This is the ninety-second in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: CSH at communication@csh-delhi.com, Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org or Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr