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Day I: CONSERVATION OVERVIEW
Monday, August 21, 2015

Introductory Session
Conducted by: Mustansir Dalvi

This session will give an overview to the participants about the Module, its various speakers and the topics they will be covering during the week. The session will begin with an informal interaction with the participants, discussing their understanding on conservation.

It will introduce the participants to conservation of built heritage and its evolution as a movement in the world, India and the city. It will highlight the issues in our city that need to be addressed through conservation.

Session I: Retrieving lost histories: artistic legacies from the Sir. J.J School of Art, Bombay
Conducted by: Mustansir Dalvi

This presentation about the Sir J.J. Campus will familiarize the participants with different building typologies and styles existing within the campus, representative of a certain period. It will also introduce them to various stylistic elements, architectural and decorative elements, the growth of the schools in art and architecture and so on.

Session II: A walk around the Sir JJ School of Arts Campus
Conducted by: Mustansir Dalvi

The walk within the JJ campus will put emphasis on various architectural styles of historical buildings and their historical context. It will discuss the campus in the context of art movements of the time and its significance. In the later period, new art was introduced and demonstrated on the buildings which are now a integral part of the built form. Thus, in the process of conservation and restoration it is necessary to consider this new form of art. A presentation on the significance of the campus will be followed by a walk within the campus.


Session II & 4: Documentation I: Measure Drawings and Fabric Status Analysis of Sir J.J College
Conducted by: Pankaj Joshi

The process of Fabric Status and condition assessment of a structure will be explained by taking the participants around the Architecture building in the J.J. Campus. Various factors to be considered during fabric status and condition assessment of a structure will be discussed. This workshop will enable the participants to prepare a preliminary condition assessment report by filling up an inventory.

Day II: OVERVIEW OF OTHER MODULES

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Session I: Material Conservation for Built Heritage
Conducted by: Anupam Sah

This session introduces to the participants a glossary of damages to materials and encourages them to identify the objective signs of such deterioration, so that they can be empowered to take informed decisions when preparing the conservation status of built heritage. It will also broadly explain the students the various schools of thought in conservation practices.

Session II: New uses/spaces in old building: Case Studies of Rajabai Clock Tower and CSMVS Textile Gallery
Conducted by: Brinda somaya

It is pertinent to discuss the above mentioned processes since Conservation is an integral part of the management of places of historic and cultural significance and is an ongoing responsibility.
This session attempts to provide an understanding and applicability of the above processes, elaborating the same with specific case studies and samples.

Session III: Introduction to Urban Conservation (Case Study of Muziris Heritage Project)
Conducted by: Benny kuriakose

Conservation of our Heritage is a responsibility every Indian is expected to live up to. The Heritage itself, and the wide range of background that we all come from, provides adequate range of roles, through which, each one of us can make a meaningful contribution to the cause of its conservation. A clearer understanding, of the issues involved, will go a long way towards maximising the utilisation of our scarce resources. The presentation is an attempt to clarify a perspective of our Urban Heritage, its role and meaning in our lives, the needs for its continuity, and therefore its conservation, the issues involved in the process, and the possible directions of the efforts. The basic premise arises from various inferences drawn from the Muziris Heritage Project in Kerala and its development over the past few years.

Session IV: Introduction to structural Conservation (philosophy to practice)
Conducted by: Benny Kuriakose

This session will introduce the participants to structural conservation and elaborate on the need and justification for structural interventions in historic buildings. It will give an overview of tools and techniques for structural condition assessment and provide a summary on the various types of structural interventions such as invasive and non- invasive, reversible and irreversible, expressed and concealed, etc. this session will further discuss material compatibility, structural compatibility and behavioural compatibility of interventions with the existing structure.


Day III: DEFINING THE CONTEXT
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Session I: Importance of Urban and Architectural History in Conservation
Conducted by: Prof. Arvind Jamkhedkar

History is an intrinsic aspect of conservation of built heritage which predominantly attributes ‘value’ or ‘significance’ to it. This session will discuss the principal role played by history in determining the context and relevance of heritage sites. It will cover the wide array of sources from which historical data can be acquired and look at inferences that can be drawn from it. It will further look at the process of building a historical timeline, its importance in a documentation exercise and role in understanding the evolution of a historic site with the help of a case study.

Session II: Structural Conservation: Essence of Structural Conservation and Retrofit Conducted by: Alpa Seth

This session will introduce the participants to structural conservation and elaborate on the need and justification for structural interventions in historic buildings. It will give an overview of tools and techniques for structural condition assessment and provide a summary on the various types of structural interventions such as invasive and non- invasive, reversible and irreversible, expressed and concealed, etc. this session will further discuss material compatibility, structural compatibility and behavioural compatibility of interventions with the existing structure.

Session III: Assesment of Cultural Significance: Listing methodology
Conducted by: Kirtida Unwalla

Cultural significance is a concept which helps in estimating the value of places - “aesthetic, historic, scientific or social value for past, present or future generations” (the Burra Charter)
Identification of such ‘Values”, Understanding and Articulating them are vital ingredients to inform decisions about its future. The degree of significance determines what, if any, protection, including statutory designation, is appropriate under law and policy.
Assessment of Cultural Significance keeping ‘Values’ as a key concept, allows adequate Documentation of Historic Environments / Places and its components . The process takes stock of the Cultural / Historic assets and provides a background to strengthen the credibility and consistency of decisions taken to LIST the identified stock, with improved accountability on subjective casework.

Session IV: Visit to Rajabai Clock Tower
Conducted by: Homeyar Goiporia and Ritika Jharia

The Fort area in Mumbai was the erstwhile colonial town of the British. One of the heritage jewels of this area is the Rajabai Clock Tower which was constructed by the affluent financer and broker Premchand Roychand for his mother, located within the University of Mumbai premises. This visit will bring the student in close quarters with an actual conservation project, its process, its works and other factors associated with it. The ongoing Conservation work is conducted by the firm Somaya and Kalappa Pvt Ltd under the expert guidance of Brinda Somaya and Homeyar Goiporia.


Day IV: METHODOLGY AND ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION
Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Session I: Urban Conservation: Legislative Processes (Specific Emphasis on the MMR)
Conducted by: Prasad Shetty

Mumbai and its Metropolitan Region are amongst the first urban places in India where local and regional heritage has been legislated. Drawing from the experiences of Mumbai and the MMR, this session will make the participants familiar with the legislative processes involved in conservation of the built environment. The session will also focus on building specific capacity in the listing process as it is practiced in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.


Session II: Institutional Structures and Agencies involved in Built Environment Conservation

Conducted by: Prasad Shetty
Dealing with the built-environment is a multi-disciplinary process and involves different stakeholders and interest groups from across the public and private realms. This session would involve familiarisation of the participants with various kinds of actors and agencies involved in the processes of built environment conservation and developing an understanding about institutional structures around which such actors and agencies are structured.

Session III: Understanding authenticity: The International Charters (Venice, Burra Charter) to Nara Document/ Indian Charter
Conducted by: Ginella George

Conservation at both the architectural and urban scales is gaining wide importance all over the world today. But it is an interesting fact that although not as formal as the concepts that are there today both in theory as well as practice, that existed an expression of concern and ideas from as early as the 3rd B.C. The lecture looks at the early ideas and how they translated into practice, starting with the work of Viollet le duc, William Morris, Petrarch etc. and finally looking at the charters existing today and a critique of them.The charter is a dialectic-driven episteme; the goal is to understand discursive rules, power lines, and the schisms and disjuncts that give rise to new ways of understanding and comprehending the meanings of heritage. Various doctrines have guided the practice of heritage conservation.
Beginning with the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings’ manifesto, the lecture will also discuss the Venice charter, Burra charter, Nara Document on Authenticity and the Indian charter through the key concept of Authenticity.

Session IV: Emerging issues and directions: Development and/ Vs conservation
Conducted by: Mayura Gadkari

Cities, like history, are in a state of transformation. And the history of cities are constantly written anew. What happens to the built environment when it becomes a complex site of new construction that takes place while older urban spaces once brimming with life, recede into oblivion and decay? Should historic footprints of the city be redeveloped without public discussion? Is it not our civic duty to imagine how these neglected spaces and anachronistic structures could be reconceived purposively for public use and community pleasure?
This talk argues that such twilight spaces, if reimagined evocatively and economically, can provide a stabilizing spatial memory for citizens and serve as a quiet anchor in a swiftly changing landscape that is often disorientating.

Day V: Demonstartion
Friday, July 25th, 2014

Session I: Documentation II : Fabric Status Analysis of Sir J.J College
Conducted by: Pankaj Joshi

The students will continue working in the Studio on the Fabric Status Analysis and Condition Assessment Report, which commenced on Day 1.

Session II: History of the Colonial Core of Bombay
Conducted by: Mustansir Dalvi

The history of the Colonial Core of Bombay along with the evolution of various architectural styles in the city will be discussed with a Powerpoint Presentation.

Session III: Working Studio
Conducted by: Ejaz Khan

Students may be divided into groups of 4 with a good mix of architects and non-architects and assigned parts of a building in the J.J. Campus or any other structure. A list of parameters and deliverables would be given to them (i.e. listing or review the listing or documentation of building with help of urban conservation students of KRVIA, one maps defects and prepares the broad points for tender, one does extension /addition.

Session IV: Review the submission and feed backs
Conducted by: Pankaj Joshi and Mustansir Dalvi

The submissions by each group will be reviewed by the experts. The students are given feedback and suggestions on their exercise and a compilation of the submissions is created as a proper body of work on the Fabric Status and Condition Assessment of the Structure.

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