Theory and Discourse
Historic Conservation: Value, Authenticity and Integrity in the Setting
LA 48
In Conversation with Rabindra J Vasavada, former Professor and Head of the Post Graduate Programme in Architectural and Settlement conservation at the Centre of Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) about heritage conservation in Orissa and otherwise, the legislature of protection of monuments and historic places and how a landscape conservation project is different from the conservation of architectural heritage.
Your have worked extensively in the state of Orissa for the last many years now. How do you view the evolution of the region and the relationship of humans and nature through the lens of history?

I have been associated with studies on two feudatory kingdoms - Ran-pur (with Dr Niels Gutschow) and Keonjhar (with Dr Hermann Kulke, Director of the Orissa project); Ran-pur being one of the south-west and Keonjhar being one of the north-west feudatory states on which we have focused on in our Orissa studies under the German Research Council Projects.

Orissa's cultural heritage is one of the most authentically preserved in our country. Historically, this has evolved retaining its close tie with tribal cults, tutelary gods and their sense of their primordial religious landscapes of sacred grooves where their 'jungle gods' inhabited. Their connection to their settlements and the primordial gods living in sacred groves or jungles was intimately connected and the rela-tionship between the two is unbroken even when the urban settlements grew as the streets and the abodes of their gods actually generated the street net-works and residential settlements in a way that the cosmic relationships of their positions governed the planning of the settlements with the brahmins occupying a distinct position within the settlements with the king donating their lands for residences.

 


ISSUE NO: 48
interview

Historic Conservation:
Value, Authenticity and Integrity in the Setting

In conversation with Rabindra J Vasavada


Re-visioning Heritage
In conversation with SubirHari Singh,

Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation


Nature as the Guiding Light
In conversation with Vladimir Djurovic, VDLA

landscape design Interpreting and Restoring an Eighteenth century Rajput Garden:
ChokhelaoBagh, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
PriyaleenSingh

Working in Paradise with the Master
Ratish Nanda


In search of Khair-un-Nissa's Garden
FICUS

Old World Charm: Chomugarh Palace Hotel, Jaipur
Design Accord

discussion
On Conservation, Historic Gardens and Challenges in Conservation Practice

In conversation with Priyaleen Singh


reflections
Looking Behind Closed Doors: Re-visiting the Landscape Architects Retreat

Sriganesh Rajendran

Vernacular Idioms: Landscape Musings
PrachiWakaley

archives
Urban Designers, Historic Cities: The Decline of Traditional Sensibilities

Samuel Noe


Shahjahanabad: A case of terminal cancer?
Patwant Singh in conversation with Samuel Noe

documentation Documenting Heritage Design Route seeing the unseen
Symbolism in Indian Landscape Thought

Geeta Wahi Dua

book review
"Mansions in the Dusk": The Great Houses of Calcutta

Review by Snehanshu Mukherjee

The Urban Phenomenon as a Container (kumbh) of Collective Single Mindedness: KumbhMela Review by M N Ashish Ganju

Delight of Colonial Gardens: Flora's Empire
Review by Ayla Khan

know your plants
Averrhoacarambola Amrakh


Green Circus







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