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ASF-UK provides expert advice on IARD student project promoting community-led heritage regeneration in India April 14, 2016

On April 12th ASF-UK were invited to attend a workshop to provide expert advice, explore and review a project developed by six students from the International Architectural Regeneration and Development course at Oxford Brookes University.

Focusing on the Mughal river front gardens of Agra, and the communities residing along the riverfront, the student project promotes a community-led approach to heritage regeneration in the city of Agra, India and focuses on the regeneration of historic waterfront areas. Moreover, it aims to explore a model of urban conservation which is both community led and community driven. It will attempt to bring the river, the river edge and its associated natural and cultural ecologies back into the lives of the larger population of Agra.

This is an action-research project which combines the expertise of Dr Aylin Orbasli on cultural heritage protection, management and tourism, and Professor Priyaleen Singh from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, an expert on historic landscapes and urban conservation. It has been envisaged as the initial stage of longer term collaborative research initiatives between Oxford Brookes University and the School.

Célia Macedo, representing ASF-UK, shared our own experience on community engagement and community-led projects, as well as on the use of participatory research approaches and methodologies.

Overall there were very rich and insightful discussions, especially with regards to community’s input and representation when proposing architectural projects in regeneration and heritage sites. We are very much looking forward to hearing all about the next steps of the project and wish the students all the best for the final presentation in India!

For more information about the project visit the website:

http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/aiding-community-led-heritage-regeneration-in-india/

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