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Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Hi, I am student, searching for topics related to conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture, I have searched some sites in Delhi (Qutub Minar complex), so if you can please help me choosing a site and guiding a topic, I will be really grateful.
Ilyas Ahmed
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Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Hi Ilyas,

So are you a masters' student or research scholar?

I am an undergraduate student and for my undergraduate thesis, even I was interested in similar topic, and I zeroed in onto Orchha near Jhansi. It's a nice blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture and a lot of treasure is lying unprotected. It's really a delight to discerning eyes. And you also have a lot of documentation in the conservation libraries of School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and INTACH office.

For other options, you can research in the INTACH office and the SPA library.

All the best,
Vidhu Saxena
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Thank you Vidhu for your guidance, I am an undergraduate student.
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Hello Ilyas,

I am a postgraduate student pursuing Architectural Conservation at SPA. It would be relevant to know where you are based. Are you studying in India? Are you looking for a thesis topic?? It would be important to know this to be able to guide you better. Because if you are looking for a thesis topic, then your options are very limited since undergraduate curriculum in India requires designing of a NEW building, which has a limited scope vis-a-vis conservation.
Shubhru Gupta
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Hello Shubru,

Yes, I am an undergraduate student studying in India and want to persue carrier in conservation and restoration works, and looking for a justified topic relating to Indo-Islamic architecture, hope you could help me. Thank you for your reply.
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Try champaner in Gujarat, a world heritage site whose conservation is planned by architect Karan Grover.
Dushyant Nathwani
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Salams Illyas,

Mr. Dushyant is right. I will also suggest the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 'Champaner' near Halol Town, 40 kms from Baroda city in Gujarat.
Haseeb Siddique Shaikh
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi ilyas,
you have still not mentioned whether the topic you are looking for is for thesis or dissertation or a general research you are pursuing for personal interest. your scope of study shall vary accordingly at UG level. Islamic architecture in India has a very large variety. architecture in North India is different than, say, in Hyderabad or Bengal. hence, its important to know your focus so that my responses centre only around it.
you may also refer to another discussion posted at Archnet by Vidhu Saxena, Thesis: Conservation, to see the responses he got to his search for a conservation related topic for thesis.
as for pursuing a career in conservation as a trained professional, you can apply for a PG course at SPA, Department of Architectural Conservation. there are other architects also who have been known to undertake conservation works without such a qualification purely because they are passionate about it. however this course will give you the right direction.
Shubhru Gupta
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi shubrhu
thanks for ur questions, they are really informative, topic i am searching for my thesis, i am searching sites around delhi(delhi architecture).thanx 2 for ur information about SPA.
bye
ilyas
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi ilyas
gr8 tosee u are gettin wonderful responses. well so u are in which college. the fact that we both anticipate for a similar topic. our mututal discussion cud be beneficial..
as i said earlier, my topic is
"Heritage Revitalization Centre, Orchha"
Vidhu Saxena
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi vidhuu
i am from mumbai.yeah its nice,people have great interest in conservation, which college are u from,my topic is yet to be decided,
thank u
ilyas
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi vidhu
ur topic seems interesting,can u throw more light on it! it would be gainfull.
bye
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hello ilyas,
i do not know of a good project in Delhi that you may pick up for ur UG thesis. however, you may pick up hypothetical projects. you may do an interpretation or information or cultural centre for any important historic complex, like World heritage sites of Qutub or Humayun's tomb or others like Red Fort. british period barracks that are currently under dispute within Red Fort complex may serve as suitable buildings for adaptive reuse purposes as, maybe interpretation centre for the fort. visit these places, if you may, and select a suitable site urself (for designing a new building) or an older existing building (putting old structure to adaptive reuse). and as already recommended, visit Intach and SPA libraries.
Shubhru Gupta
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hello ilyas, iam from IIT Roorkee,and where are u from.. i mean which college?
i will also suggest u one thing that one prob u might face is that, at ug level many colleges demand "design" based thesis..so u are expected to design a "New" creation rather than working on an existing structure and here is the problem with "adaptive reuse" of any place.
i faced this confusion due to sheer lack of knoweldge on this subject.
Vidhu Saxena
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Assalamu alikum Bro. Ilyas
The Archeological Survey of India has taken up restoration work of Adilsahi Monuments in Bijapur(Karnataka). Most of these structures are Indo Islamic. At present conservation activites are going on at Asar Mahal, Here Wooden interior work has been taken up, external plastering is being carried out using lime mortar. Restoration of vegitable paintings is also being carried out. Unfortunately I cannot guide you to any site to help you more. But I would suggest you to contact Mr. Visveshwar, Assistant Superintending Archeologist, or Mr. Anand Teertha, Assistant Conservation Officer, Archeological Survey Of India, Golgumbaz Compound, Bijapur (Karnataka) Ph:08352-250728
Azmathulla Shariff
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Mr. Ilyas
Kindly browse 'deccanherald.com', It is the largest circulated English Daily in Karnataka, very recently it carried my article on conservation of Bahamani monuments in Gulbarga. You have to search spectrum/ monuments in danger or just enter my name
Azmathulla Shariff
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
salam brother azzamtullah
thankyou for ur detailed information about the site in karnataka,i would surely study them,but having discussions with my prof. about sites,so surely would contact when my site is finalised.
thanku
ilyas
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hey vidhu,
i do have the same questions in my mind about conservating and adaptive reuse,but i do have some thesis in my city colleges which are on same kinda topics, i would refer those and if u want some information i can forward u those.
thanx
ilyas
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi shubrhu,
thanx for information about delhi,ur responses are always valuable, i would surely spend more time for a real project rather than hypothetical project,i think the site of champanaer and pavagadh is a goog historic site,but making and archaelogical park i guess at ug level wont be enough for thesis,so still searcing for answers of role of a architect in conserving.does he apply his design skils or just uses the old ideas of building.
thanx
ilyas
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi ilyas
it will be gr8 if u can give me some references as that will provide me with the case studies
and can i have yur mail id.. so tht i can forward u my thesis brief..
u can mail me at
vidhu_saxena@rediffmail.com
thnkz
Vidhu Saxena
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hello ilyas,
i very seriously recommend you Vidhu Saxena's discussion on a similar topic coz you seem to be headed in the same direction. also, if you claim to be trying to learn more about conservation to identify your role in it, then please do make a concious effort to do the same. i dont think you really know the concept of an archaeological park, which you describe as 'not enough for your thesis'. its not a park that you and i may stroll in. its essentially a management exercise of a very large area that has a certain historic context. and sometimes it does require designing of new structures for identified uses. that is where your role as an architect is defined. and had you really looked at the project, you might have finalised your thesis topic.
Shubhru Gupta
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hello ilyas
archaeological park is a nice topic and as Ms.Shubhru Gupta rightly said.. u are forwarding in the same dir as mine. because my next choice was the same topic and even i was bogged by same questions which now trouble yur mind.
however the bigger trouble for me was the fact tht if i would have had taken an archaeological park.. thn iwould have had to show evn the "artefacts" thts the archaeological heritage both in the form of Model as well as in my drgs.. and i was not sure how to do tht because of limited measured drawings so do keep in mind tht yur final project takesinto account all such details
all the best to u.. and i yes i m waitin for yur mail..
Vidhu Saxena
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hi shubru and vidhu,
thanx for ur ideas, i was too finalising my topic with an archaelogical research center or archelogical park,as th site of champanaer and pavagadh is historic and has cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric sites too, it is being under unesco as world heritage site,i have many possibilities of proposing an museam,research centre,tourist atrraction,conserving the present heritage,its too a pilgrim center for the neighbouring areas too and can propose a pilgrim center on small scale too, i think its quite interesting project, what about ur view points...
thanx
ilyas
Ilyas Ahmed
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Dear Ilyas,
You may consider my thoughts totally off, but this is how I would address the issue.
Don't first pick the project. I think it will come later in the thesis. Start with for example, Michael Focault's idea of archaeology. Read the book 'The order of things'. Then evolve a new theory for the taxonomy of not just objects, but histories, myths, concepts and theories. This new theory shall lead to the design process of conservation and even its policies, even beyond "as-is".
Irfan Sonawala
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
(Continued) Once a new theory of taxonomy will emerge, the rubrics like 'Islamic' will spread thin. That will be the time a project shall be picked, based upon that new theory of yours. Either shall be a tomb, mosque, fort, museum etc. This new theory of yours may bring past right in the very present, suggesting not fort to be just a museum, frozen in the past, but may be a governmental institutional building, i.e. carrying of fort to be a fort, even in the present. May be a 'Red House' for India, in comparison to US's 'White House'.
Explore! Explore! and break the traditionally modern limits of the past and archaeology.
Irfan Sonawala
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture

hello,
i am thinking of selecting interpratation centre as my thesis topic. please could someone throw some light on the topic.i want to do something on the lines of heritage preservation only.please help me out.thanking you
niharika
Niharika Singh
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
There is a proposal to set up an interpretation center in Bidar. You can contact Intach-Bangalore chapter for more details.
Mansoor Ali
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hello, I am a final year student of architecture( interiors), and i want to do my thesis in Indo-Islamic architecture as a conversational reuse of a monument into a hotel. Can any one help me in choosing a proper site for my topic interest along with some guide lines.I will be really grateful.
Aakanchcha Raj
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
You can try the Falaknuma palace hotel in Hyderabad which has now been converted into a hotel by the Taj group.
Mansoor Ali
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
hello mansoor,
can u please suggest me monument at delhi or gujarat?
thank u for ur reply.
Aakanchcha Raj
Thesis: Conservation of Indo-Islamic architecture
Hi, try the Nilambagh Palace Hotel Bhavnagar, Gujarat or the The Imperial hotel at Janpath or the The Oberoi Maidens in Delhi.
Mansoor Ali
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