Reinwardt Memorial Lecture 2019

Locatie

Reinwardt Academie
Hortusplantsoen 2 , 1018 TZ Amsterdam

 7 maart 2019 -- Dutch below --

Title: Sustainist heritage begins at home: The Haveli Project, Old Delhi by Aishwarya Tipnis

The Haveli Project is the story of a regular family living in a 19th century heritage house (haveli) in the historic old city Delhi. From a regular renovation job it turned into an award-winning example of heritage conservation and community place-making, combining out of the box approaches and street-smart innovation. Indian architect and restoration planner Aishwarya Tipnis tells her inspiring story of restoration, from the revival of traditional building crafts and heritage awareness in the community to the use of social media to create a ‘common man’s guide’ to heritage conservation. In her lecture she will present this pioneering project within a ‘sustainist’ perspective on civic heritage, connecting it to Reinwardt Academy’s research programme on ‘Street Values’ (Straatwaarden).

The Haveli Project (2010-2016) has been an inspiration for adaptive reuse of many other havelis in old Delhi. It has featured in both Indian and International media as a unique initiative, and led to the publication, for the use of owners and users, of a Handbook for Conservation of Heritage Buildings in Shahjahanabad. The project is seen as an exemplar of how conservation can become a process of civic engagement, and can help change everyday spaces, giving local inhabitants a better quality of life.

http://thehaveliproject.blogspot.com/

 

 AISHWARYA TIPNIS

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Aishwarya Tipnis (1981) is the principal architect of an eponymous architectural practice based in New Delhi, India. She is the recipient of the highest civilian honour in the culture sector, the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettre (Knight of the Arts and Letters), by the Government of France in 2018 for her outstanding commitment to preservation of French Heritage in India. An alumnus of the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi, she has a Master Degree in European Urban Conservation with distinction from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2007. She is also the recipient of the UNESCO Award for Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific Region (Award of Merit: Mahidpur Fort & Honourable Mention for Doon School, Dehradun) in 2016. A participant of the first edition of the European Union's Cultural Diplomacy Platform's Global Cultural Leadership Programme in 2016, she is also the recipient of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2011 as well as Scottish International Scholarship 2006. Her work is largely centred on shared built heritage, she had pioneered the Dutch cemetery in Chinsurah (www.dutchinchinsurah.com) and Heritage & People of Chandernagore Project www.heritagechandernagore.com), which are digital heritage initiatives for raising awareness about shared cultural heritage. She has been a consultant to UNESCO, Asian Development Bank, World Monuments Fund New York as well as Vielles Maison Francaise, Paris, Embassy of France in India, Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands in India. She is also a visiting faculty to Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi and serves on the board of ICOMOS India.

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Het Haveli Project

Het Haveli Project gaat over een familie die hun 19e-eeuwse Indiase herenhuis (haveli) in het historische centrum van oud-Delhi wilde renoveren. Van een renovatieproject werd het een prijswinnend voorbeeld van duurzame omgang met erfgoed met en door een hele gemeenschap. Restauratie-architecte Aishwarya Tipnis combineerde onconventionele benaderingen met zelf ontwikkelde, low-tech innovaties. Ze vertelt over een inspirerende zoektocht, van de herleving van traditioneel bouwambacht en de ontwikkeling van erfgoedbewustzijn in de buurtgemeenschap tot de inzet van sociale media voor het maken van een toolkit ‘erfgoedzorg’ voor de man in de straat. In haar lezing plaatst Tipnis dit internationaal bekroonde project in een ‘sustainistisch’ perspectief op publiek erfgoed, en verbindt dat met het Reinwardt onderzoeksprogramma Straatwaarden.

Het Haveli Project (2010-2016) is de inspiratiebron voor herbestemming van vele andere haveli’s in oud-Delhi. Dit unieke initiatief werd in vele Indiase en internationale media gecoverd, en leidde tot de publicatie, voor eigenaren en gebruikers (!) van een Handbook for Conservation of Heritage Buildings in Shahjahanabad. Haar project wordt gezien als een voorbeeldige participatieve benadering van conservering, waarmee de herbestemming van alledaagse ruimte betekenisvol en duurzaam kan bijdragen aan een betere leefomgeving voor bewoners en passanten.

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What:       Reinwardt Memorial Lecture

Location:  Hortusplatsoen 1-3 1018TZ Amsterdam

Time:       20.00-22.00

Spoken language: English 


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