The obligation to protect and conserve the architectural heritage is as important as our duty to conserve the built heritage and the values, as they are the roadmap to history. But these days, we have lost its importance more than ever. Architectural heritage is at risk from lack of experience, care, and appreciation. We have already lost some of them and more are in danger. It is a living heritage and it’s our obligation to understand, define, interpret, and protect it well for the forthcoming generations. But under the current circumstances, protection of the built heritage and conserving the local traditional and cultural values of communities for upcoming generations present a real challenge for developers, architects, and conservation societies. Yet its a sigh of relief to see that different organizations and societies, across the globe, know its importance. They are taking some serious measures to preserve the rich architectural heritage from damage, both by environment and people.
Do you know: Mohenjo-Daro town was built as early as the 26th century BCE and first discovered in 1921. (Source: Topyaps)
It is one of the most neglected aspects in our country. No governing bodies have ever paid attention to the architectural heritage. But there are people working days and nights to conserve the heritage by collaborating with other societies across the globe. Last year, LCS (Lahore Conservation Society) joined hands with Dilbir Foundation and signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to preserve the architectural heritage of subcontinent. They began with The Amritsar Project to start with restoration of Khalsa College, Amritsar. Last year, a team of LCS (Lahore Conservation Society) paid a visit to Amritsar, India, to examine and discuss the techniques and equipment required for the restoration. Soon the work was started with motivation and passion.
The budget for The Amritsar Project is roughly INR 1 crore. Along with the site restoration, the side benefit is the training of local artisans and awareness among the people. Under The Amritsar Project, a team of heritage experts and conservationists would work comprehensively on restoring the architectural and aesthetic aspects of the chosen buildings. The restoration project that began last year has entered a significant stage, with the main hall now being restored by a team of artisans.
The president of Dilber Foundation, Gunbir Singh, stated that,
TAP (The Amritsar Project) will use natural techniques and original methods for the restoration of the ancient building. It is very important to retain the actual aesthetics and character of these architects. This project will also focus on environmental conservation of the places.
Speaking of LCS’s (Lahore Conservation Society) president and restoration expert, Kamil Khan Mumtaz is leading TLP (The Lahore Project) and is currently working on restoring projects on the restoration of ancient buildings in Lahore.
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