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A look into Module 1-Approaches to built Heritage Conservation of the Capacity Development Programme in Built Heritage Studies and Conservation 2015-16.

The module is a brief introduction to the field of built heritage conservation and the various approaches and philosophies used to address it. The 5 day (21st-25th August) intensive series had sessions and visits by eminent persons.

Prof. Mustansir Dalvi provided a glimpse into the Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai, while Ar. Pankaj Joshi analyzed its measure drawings and spoke about the exercise of fabric status analysis and condition assessment reports. Chief conservator (CSMVS MACC) Anupam Sah spoke of material conservation.

Ar. Brinda Somaya spoke of Somaya and Kalappa’s enterprises-the conception of the Textile Gallery at CSMVS, and the conservation of Rajabai Clock Tower, later on-site visit conducted by Project Heads Ritika Jharia and Homeyar Goipoira. Benny Kuriakose introduced the students to urban and structural conservation, and Prof. Arvind Jamkhedkar stressed on the importance of urban and architectural history. Alpa Sheth walked the students through structural conservation and retrofit, and Kirtida Unwalla on urban conservation: listing and grading cultural significance.

Prasad Shetty laid emphasis on legislative processes in urban conservation, and institutional structures and agencies involved in built environment conservation. Ginella George spoke of the international and Indian charters and Mayura Gadkari juxtaposed development with conservation. Ejaz Khan, from Vakil Mehta Seth Consultants Pvt. Ltd., touched upon structural conservation. The sessions ended with Prof. Dalvi and Ar. Pankaj Joshi’s review of student assignments and the dais was laid open to, what was very positive, feedback.

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