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volume 4 | issue 4

In natural heritage sites of landscape with a strong historic significance, it is always a challenge for planning professionals to respond with an approach that respects the historic context of place and at the same time caters to present needs.
Over time, the context of many of these areas has changed – forts, private gardens, tombs, and settlements that were built and developed as private properties are now open to public. Their relationship with the surrounding areas, especially in cities have also undergone a drastic transformation – a challenge in itself. In natural heritage areas such as lesser-known and unlisted historic gardens, settlements, isolated sites of baolis, and stepped wells amongst others, another issue is of inadequate, at times negligible research material about their history. More often than not, there is an absence or insignificant mention of these natural heritage sites in the city’s master plans and development plans, without any future policies.
There is a strong need to prioritize our development options, means and ways to arrive at comprehensive solutions for natural heritage areas at all scales and types. Examples around the world illustrate that natural heritage areas can be developed and maintained balancing preservation with other functional requirements. They need not be frozen in time and can, in fact, be vibrant places that can be integrated with the contemporary planning practices of cities, towns and areas. One of the main objectives while managing these sites should be to respect and build upon the relationship that these areas share with nature.

Our Landscapes by M. Shaheer

Hampi World Heritage Site: Monuments, Site or Cultural Landscapes?
by Prof. Nalini M. Thakur

Water-Conserving Design: From Historic Landscapes to the 21st Century
by James L. Wescoat Jr.

Transformation of a Public Open Space within a History Context
Revitalizing Environs of Shaniwarwada, Pune

by Anjali & Kiran Kalamdani

Heritage Tourism Development Plan, Sambhar by Shikha Jain And Cheena Kanwal

A Contemporary Indian Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Learning from Traditional Vocabularies of Design with Nature

by Abhimanyu Dalal Architects & Priyaleen Singh

Protecting History
Prof. R.C. Agarwal, Joint Director General, ASI

Book Review
Landscape In India Forms & Meanings, Amita Sinha
The University Press Of Colorado, 2006

Know Your Plants
Butea Frondosa, Palash

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