Development in the Heritage City, Case Studies from Historic Delhi

Bari, Abdul (2018) Development in the Heritage City, Case Studies from Historic Delhi. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

In globalization context and the promotion of world cities as main drivers of economic growth for 21st century nation-states, the urban issues of historic Indian city-cores are relegated to mere ‘heritage zones’ in City Development and Master Plans. As a result, sustainable conservation and regeneration efforts are constrained under blanket bye-laws and regulations which have little relevance to the makeup and historical urbanism of these ‘zones’. Multiplicity of institutions/ agencies, possibilities opened up by new building technologies/ engineering services and a break in the architectural/ planning continuity have all contributed immensely to the physical and perceived economic decline of historic built environments. The focus of this paper is to acknowledge the dynamics of real world contemporary urbanism in such environments as opposed to the promotion of an imagined disconnected ideal of urban conservation. Two project case studies, one representing an archetypal context from Lutyens’ New Delhi and another doing the same for Shahjahanabad, Delhi; incidentally the two ‘cities’ that form the nomination of Delhi as a World Heritage City to UNESCO; illustrate these dynamics through their respective histories, processes and eventual outcomes. Through an analysis of professional engagement in these projects, the paper seeks to put forth a perspective from the field on how democratic planning processes are negotiated in the everyday urbanism of built environments under the ‘heritage’ tag. Keeping in perspective Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, a more relevant approach to ensure a sustainable future for the past may be arrived at through retrospection at various levels of engagement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Bari, Abdul
Languages: English
Keywords: sustainability; development; stakeholder; planning; historic buildings; India; decline; development; urban; cultural heritage
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
G.DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 17:26
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 15:10
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