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Conservation and Restoration: A Need or Fad?
Nature always works a cycle, it always follow a pattern. An object, a life, a thing that has occurred, come to life, is present has to meet its end. We in this modern world discard so many a things as obsolete, old fashioned, dead and stale - even our traditions and cultures. The norms that were followed earlier stand no meaning at all in the present scenario, so are discarded and termed dead. History no doubt is preserved in the museums to take reference from, to enlighten the minds, to study the scope of improvement.
Many a pieces, object-de-art, cultural values, heritages, family heirlooms, buildings of architectural importance are even restored and revived for this purpose. So what is an average life of a building? Why restoration is
As everything has to end so the said buildings or cities died there own deaths after living in their full glory. On the other hand why this partiality towards some sites as it’s been known that there has been civilizations on this land and the estimate of their spread is only with reference to the clues which the archaeologists have been able to gather and rediscover over the period of time.
What if a piece of say Harappan civilization is found at the very place where you have just started the construction for your dream project? Would you be happy that the land has acquired a total new meaning and apart from the compensation by the government you will be hovered by the media to the limelight or will you be saddened that after the efforts of so many years the land that you acquired has literally gone back to soil and hence your dream project. So, you will be starting all over again.
Have you ever seen a dead building? Or has ever a structure termed dead ever be demolished? Have we as builders, architects, designers, consumers thought, talked or discussed this question? In India especially a middle class man if buys and builds a house or flat or any piece of furniture he has a dream of it becoming a legacy “it will be used by my grandchildren and children of grand children n so forth. Of course they will do some changes accordingly.” Even if god forbid wisdom prevails and a building is evacuated do we notify any agency or organization that so and so building is dead and so we are shifting to another building?
‘History repeats itself’ it’s an old adage but conserving almost all the works of architecture would leave no room for new structures. The most burning topic of today’s’ times is Sustainable Architecture. The one concept which has been followed in India since times unknown, but as we are looking towards western culture, same influence is seen in architecture as well. The need of conservation is required more in conserving the ethics, design values and construction techniques used and followed in India, considering the topography, the climate, religious constraints and socio-economic scenario since time historic.
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