We cordially invite you to join the webinar on Understanding Built Heritage in the Context of Communities and Culture as part of the series IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON THE HERITAGE SECTOR organized by Ahmedabad University, Centre for Heritage Management
on 28 June 2020. 17:00 – 18:30


Professor Kiran Joshi
Immediate Past President,

Ar Jayatissa Herath
Immediate Past President,
ICOMOS Sri Lanka

Professor Vasillis Ganiatsas
HOD, Dept of Architectural Design,
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Dr Neel Kamal Chapagain
Director & Associate Professor,
Centre For Heritage Management,
Ahmedabad University

Moderated by:

Ms Chirashree Thakkar
Alumna – Centre For Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University,
and Co-Founder, Thakkar Associates

Mr Piyush Pandya
Centre For Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University

Webinar details: Heritage has always been a reference book to understand various aspects of our society. In the current crisis due to COVID19, heritage could be a source for resilience during the ongoing containment, particularly the realization that the life beyond work environment is equally important and we cannot take it for granted. The frugality combined with the purpose of the buildings of the earlier times is something that needs to be looked at deeply. The consideration for the interface between the inside and the outside of a building, the security and safety from hygiene and the multi-functionality of spaces were mandatory and assumed to be normal. The processes, the logical thinking that went into the design and execution of the structures, the vernacular which showed concerns for the environment, the consideration for the future and inclusive approach towards design cannot be ignored. The challenge is to explore these features critically, interpret them for present and future use, and thus, integrate them with contemporary needs and everyday life. The discussion will focus on the shift required in our approach towards a deeper understanding of our built heritage, and integrated and contemporary management of built and urban heritage – both through academic discourses and multi-disciplinary practices like design and heritage management.