IIHS Announces a Course on Protecting and Managing Living Urban Heritage

Bangalore, India (PressExposure) August 20, 2013 -- Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in association with UNESCO and Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) has announced its short course on Protecting and Managing Living Urban Heritage which focuses on understanding how to address conservation issues in urban living heritage spaces. The course will be held in Bangalore from August 27-August 31, 2013 at the IIHS City Campus.

Development in Indian cities is often understood as a choice between current demands and preserving historical and cultural patterns. Today, urban spaces often exist between the global and the local, characterized by a contrast between striving for modernity and embracing history. However urban heritage in India is not merely a remnant from the past, but is continuously evolving and updating itself, where the past is very much a part of the present. In this context, the formal understanding of 'heritage' is rather limited wherein archaeological sites and historical monuments are considered worthy of preservation but not much else.

This course aims to enable an approach among urban practitioners that seeks to integrate "living heritage" in urban conservation and development, within the frameworks of existing regulations and guidelines. It aims to build perspectives on how to identify, understand and relate to various aspects of urban heritage by re-examining the values associated with them and identifying the opportunities provided by them for sustainable development. The objective is to understand how to address conservation issues in urban living heritage spaces, including protected monuments in certain cases, which are part of a range of social, economic and cultural inter-linkages.

Application to this course is open to all interested individuals. No prior knowledge or training in the field of heritage or preservation is required. The IIHS Short-Course is also open to working professionals with work experience in related fields - Government officials of Town Planning Departments and Urban Local Bodies, Public and private sector practitioners involved in the creation of DPRs for JnNURM and other schemes. The course will also be relevant for practitioners and students of architecture, planning, conservation engineering and associated disciplines.

Date August 27 -August 31, 2013

Time 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location IIHS Bangalore City Campus, No. 196/36, 2nd Main Road,
Bengaluru - 560 080

Website [http://www.iihs.co.in/luh]

Contact Person Swastik Harish - 080-67606666

About IIHS

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS is India's first prospective independently funded and managed inter-disciplinary National University for Research and Innovation that focuses on its ongoing urban and development transformation. It is a first-of-its-kind, practice and innovation-oriented knowledge institution that seeks to bridge the conventional excellence, scale and inclusion divide. For more information, see http://www.iihs.co.in.


UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity's moral and intellectual solidarity. UNESCO is known as the "intellectual" agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.


The Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) was founded as a programme by UNESCO New Delhi Office at an international conference on Indian Cities of Living Heritage in September 2006 at Jaipur, Rajasthan. Established with the endorsement of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, together with 10 Indian cities, several institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and seven French cities as well as the French heritage cities association Association Nationale des Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire (ANVPAH), IHCN has since grown to encompass more than 20 cities, and has gained the support of major Indian and international institutions, NGOs and individuals in the field of urban development, heritage preservation and capacity building.

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