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Thesis: Architectural Conservation
I am an architecture student doing final year. I'm based in chennai and would like to take up a Conservation Project for my Thesis.When consulting my faculty about this, I was told to explore the design possibilities and scopes that a conservation project would provide.
My idea was to take a heritage site that has not gained much public attention and to provide a cultural center to the site so that it would attract both locals and tourists. I am not sure of how successful this idea would be.

I would be grateful if I am guided as for how to go about this. The reason i wanna take up a conservation topic for the thesis is that it would help me apply for my Post graduate study in the subject.

Thank you.
Regards,
Prathya
Prathyaksha Krishna Prasad
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Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Prathyaksha, A word of caution (Caveat Emptor = Let the buyer beware), heritage sites are fragile things and most have managed to survive both by being bypassed by the modern world and by being bypassed by tourist hordes.

If you design a heritage centre, then make sure you (a) Do not demolish any part of the heritage site, (b) damage any part of the heritage site, and (c) disturb any part of the heritage site.

I say this because in catering to a massive influx of tourists, the local authorities will be more interested in using the heritage site as "a cash cow" (money-making scheme) and therefore will turn a blind eye to such things as the widening of roads and the removal of buildings for car-parks, etc
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Hi Frank,
Thanks for your response. but can u elaborate on how i ve to proceed on the topic or wat kind of topic can i propose for my thesis. I want to do a design related to Conservation.

Thanks..
-Prathyaksha
Prathyaksha Krishna Prasad
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Dear Prathya,

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Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Dear Pankti,

This an interesting subject and it would deserve an entire thread to itself. Could you post it as a discussion subject?

Thank you.
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Thesis: Architectural Conservation
m new to archnet can u guide how to post on disscusion subject..?
Pankti Banatwala
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
When you are in the "Discussion Forum" section, simply click on "Start a new topic" (above "Most Recent Topics and Responses").
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THANKS A LOT
Pankti Banatwala
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Hi Prathyaksha...my thesis topic is also similar to the one you've chosen. there are lot of possibilities with this subject and a very interesting subject too. Firstly i would advice you to know the basics of conservation, to know the differences between a heritage site and a heritage building... and so on... next would be for you to know the rules, i.e. if you can build anything near a heritage site ? ,etc.
and then, start choosing your site.
Choose your site depending on the following,
1. Entry
2.Connectivity (both in visual and transportation) and
3.Its historical importance (more the importance, more reason for you to select it).
Then, always keep track of your Time.
your thesis could simply conclude by either maintaining the heritage site as it is (like a show piece )and add a cultural center or museum,etc. or you could go a step further and suggest a adaptive re-use method for the heritage building as well as add a new structure.
Few of the reused heritage buildings i suggest you to see in chennai is The Fort Museum and Senate House.
Last but not the least, know the history of chennai and the architecture that prevailed during that time (Indo-Saracenic Architecture ).
Wishing you all the very best.
regards.
Alisha
Alisha Infanta
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Prathyaksha, Further to my post of July 8, 2012 (I must have missed your answering post). As I wrote in my original post, conservation must come first before opening up any heritage site to the general public. Because unfortunately, heritage sites are usually in neglected places which have little or no income from the outside.

I say unfortunately, because when a heritage site is rescued and conserved then it becomes a magnet for tourists and then the local people tend to use the heritage site as a money-making business, so that parts of the heritage site could be destroyed to make room for carparks and hotels. :(

Therefore, an important part of any overall design for conserving or restoring any heritage site must be to keep both masses of people and vehicles away from the conserved buildings and away from the ground surrounding the conserved buildings.

A simple way of doing this would be to place either bollards or low walls around the heritage site to prevent vehicles from getting too near and the heritage site should have a Primary or Golden Rule that no part of the site is to be modifed or demolished to make way for any carpark or hotel.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Hi, my name is malvika, I am in the 9th semester of b.arch. I want to take up a thesis topic related to architectural conservation too..
One of the topic that came into my mind was the revival of step wells in nagpur district.
I have read about the step wells of gujarat and they seem to b very interesting for the case studies, bt I am stuck on the design aspect. I would like to have some suggestions as how should I proceed with this topic , and how can I incorporate designing elements in this topic.
Thank you.
Malvika Trivedi
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Malvika, you should consider the differences between the purposes of preservation, conservation and restoration, because they do not mean the same thing.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Ok. Thanx. I'l search more on this topic.
Malvika Trivedi
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
hi i'm Avani, I have taken conservation as theme of thesis. Can you tell me some methods of conservation for a heritage building?
Avani Gajbhiye
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Avani, "What are the methods of conservation?" I would say that the primary rule for conservation is the medical oath of ethics for doctors which begins "First do no harm..."

In other words, conservation is the practice of minimal change and in most cases this will be making sure the building will not collapse and so some structural support may be necessary.

And the reason why I advocate not allowing modern vehicles near any conserved building is because the vibrations from such mechanised ground traffic were more than likely not catered for in the original design. For example, I am sure that most people would not like the road outside their home to be used upon a regular basis by heavy battle tanks, because such vibrations will cause cracks in the walls and may collapse your home.

And another example is the damage done to buildings by noise vibration from low-flying aircraft near airports.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
thank you so much!
Avani Gajbhiye
Thesis: Architectural Conservation
Avani, you are welcome.
Frank John Snelling
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