Conservation of historic human settlements and cultural industries: From urban and regional development perspective
Sobha Turaga, Vasanta (2012) Conservation of historic human settlements and cultural industries: From urban and regional development perspective. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]
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Abstract (in English)
Understanding spatial patterns of settlements, in terms of distribution of land-uses and their functional interdependency is an important aspect in Planning for Urban and Regional Development. As per traditional Metropolitan Regional Planning Theories, cities do not exist and grow in isolation. Within a given geographical region, urban and rural settlements form into a functional hierarchy and depend on each other for sharing of resources and infrastructure. The economic dynamics play a significant role in formation of settlement patterns and development of networks. This paper attempts to understand the growth of historical settlements from urban-regional planning perspective by studying the development of the handloom industry in Andhra Pradesh. The State of Andhra Pradesh is famous for its cotton and silk Handloom Industries. Interestingly, different fabrics are known by names of towns where they are woven, such as Pochampalli, Dharmavaram, Gadwal, Mangalagiri etc., each of them having a distinct style. A study of these towns and hinterland clearly shows that their spatial patterns and architecture had evolved based on the requirements of the handloom industries - the flow of raw materials, manufacturing processes, distribution of workers, traders etc. In the last two decades due to globalization and changing development priorities, as is the case with many-a-cultural industry, the handloom industry too has seen heavy out-migration of skilled crafts persons into other job-sectors and bigger cities. There is an urgent need to take steps for preserving these places 19 Heritage and Cultural Identity.
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