Smart Heritage – Bhopal
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day
Smart Heritage - Bhopal

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15th – 17th January 2018

“Heritage is of increasing significance to each society. Why this is so is not entirely clear but probably it has to do with the increasing speed of modernization and the scale of change in society. In such circumstances, evidence of past societies can provide a sense of belonging and security to modern societies and be an anchor in a rapidly changing world…Understanding the past can also be of great help for managing the problems of the present and the future” (UNESCO, 2013).

As the current ‘Smart City’ plans have resulted in many new developments in different facets of living like mobility, security, management, energy, health, etc. In retrospect, the heritage of the city remains ‘protected’ from change and invariably becomes static. Many fail to realize that Heritage by nature is a dynamic concept that includes not only the building but also emotions, history, stories, traditions, economies and social functioning. Hence if the city is on a path to becoming ‘Smart’ heritage too should redefine in order to “help manage the problems of the present and the future”.


The first step was taken in 2014, during a joint meeting at the International Biennial of Art and Heritage Management (AR&PA) in Valladolid, Spain about ‘India-Spain Co-operation in the field of Heritage Conservation and Management’. It was then the committee of the roundtable conference coined the term ‘Smart Heritage’.

During the conference, INTACH suggested initiating a programme wherein a group of heritage experts, with diverse approaches, would debate about challenges faced by heritage and the acts of heritage preservation and promotion in the wake of changing global scenarios, specifically in the case of ‘Smart’ cities. The idea was born out of an objective to transform these debates into a collection of ‘essential lessons’ to deliberate on “smart heritage in smart cities”.


The general aim is to organize a three-day workshop to understand and develop broadly the concept of ‘Smart Heritage’; analyze the meaning of ‘Smart Heritage within a Smart City’ and prepare a methodology for its application within the management of a ‘Smart City’.


The operational objective is to create awareness and initiate a dialogue around the concept of “Smart Heritage” in Smart City. The workshop will also endeavor to make ideas like community participation, e-governance, and new operational technologies popular. The workshop will also try to engage the participants to provide solutions and devise methods to make heritage ‘smart’.


Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of Smart Heritage
  • Apply the concept in to produce a dossier of recommendations of the lessons learned in order to be transferable to other Smart Cities in India.
  • Recognize the aspects of a Smart Heritage within a Smart City
  • Critically analyze the historical assets in cities as well as finding practical solutions to bridge the gap between heritage and urban development.





Academic enquiries:

Mr Navin Piplani –

Administrative and Registration Enquires:

Ms Tejaswi Mehta –


Understanding Living Heritage in India @ INTACH
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day
Understanding Living Heritage in India @ INTACH | New Delhi | Delhi | India

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22 – 24 January 2018

The practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

(UNESCO, 2003)

Many unprotected heritage sites are still in use, and the manner in which they continue to be kept in use represents the ‘living’ heritage of India. This heritage is manifest in both tangible and intangible forms, and in its diversity defines the composite culture of the country. Conserving the ‘living’ heritage, therefore, offers the potential to conserve both traditional buildings and traditional ways of building.

(INTACH Charter, 2004)


A broad aim of the 3-day course is to create an understanding of the concept of ‘Living Heritage’ and assess values associated with it and explore its application for the conservation of cultural heritage.


This 3-day course is designed to explore the concept of ‘Living Heritage’ through interactive sessions on intangible heritage and traditional crafts. The course will attempt to shape an understanding in the various activities that crafts-people have been carrying out since a long time – what motivates them, how is the tradition passed on and how is this documented? In addition to this, we will delve into the aspects like types of ‘living’ heritage, conserving living architectural heritage and methods of documenting living heritage.


Upon completion of this course the participants will:

  1. gain an understanding of the concept of ‘living heritage’
  2. gain an understanding of the relation between ‘living’, intangible and tangible heritage
  3. get introduced to the methods of document ‘living heritage’
  4. develop earning the different types of ‘living heritage’ in the Indian context
  5. be able to determine the approaches to its conservation and management

Course registration charge: Rs. 3000

[This includes registration charge, delegate packs, any handouts for the course, refreshments, lunches etc.]

Concessional charges

10 % less for INTACH members and employees

20 % less for students

Please download the Registration form: Registration-Form_UNDERSTANDING LIVING HERITAGE


Academic enquiries:

Mr Navin Piplani

Administrative and Registration Enquires:

Ms Shradha Arora

Design, Symbolism and Conservation of Sacred Historic Interiors – II
Feb 12 – Feb 15 all-day

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Location: TATA DHAN Academy,
                     Madurai, Tamil Nadu
12 – 15 February 2018


In 2017 INTACH Heritage Academy proposed to host a series of training courses that illustrated the building tradition, design and symbolism employed in the realm of sacred built heritage. The series focuses on three typologies of sacred architecture, namely temples, churches and monasteries. The nature of the sacred architecture is dynamic as it continues to function after many centuries of existence. The aspect of design principles and practice associated with conserving a living heritage that is both, spiritually significant and also nationally important, is not taught to students of conservation and architecture in India leaving them ignorant of this vast building tradition.


The first workshop in the series focused on the design, symbolism and conservation of historic interiors in churches, chapels and ancillary buildings in Goa. The second in the series will aim to redefine the characteristics and approaches to the conservation of interiors in temple architecture.

Temples have a strong historical and social background; moreover many of the temples date back nearly 1st century AD. They contribute to the continuity of ‘living’ heritage for the local communities as well as the population of the nation. Hence the broad aim of the workshop is to understand the symbolism behind the sacred architecture and historic interiors in Madurai and to devise appropriate strategies for their conservation.


A major part of these temples has stone as their primary material not only as a structural basis but also part of sculptures and other decorative elements. It is important then to understand the nature, design and character of the historic interiors and also to explore conservation approaches that are responsible, sensitive and creative for sacred historic spaces.

The theory behind understanding the iconography of the structures’ interiors will be supported by illustrative discussions, field visits and practical hands-on sessions. This practical training course will be held at a site representative of the Hindu architecture. This will help demonstrate a range of problems in-situ and discuss these issues with experts, fellow participants and traditional masons, stone carvers, restorers and experts working with the material. The use of different stone material and old traditional building techniques will also be discussed using illustrated examples. A field visit to various sites will demonstrate how some of the issues and problems of conservation are being addressed. In addition to this, a general awareness will be created amongst the participants towards this lesser explored but widely known cultural heritage.


  • Understanding conservation and management of the sacred sites
  • Learning the traditional and philosophical approaches used in constructing sacred architecture
  • Analyzing the challenges of managing a living ancient Hindu site
  • Study, Use and Conservation of stone as a structural as well as decorative elements in temple architecture
  • Critical thinking about history, use and future of sacred historic interiors
  • Finding creative solutions to empower the custodians of the temples for conservation lessons

Course Themes:

  1. Analyzing the theory of mandala
  2. Approaches and philosophy of Conservation in Sacred Spaces
  3. Evolution of the Temple Architecture
  4. Issues and approaches to conservation of material heritage within the sacred spaces
  5. Symbolism within temple historic interiors and Conservation
  6. Socio-cultural contexts of temples


Course registration charge: Rs. 4000

[This includes registration charge, delegate packs, any handouts for the course, refreshments, lunches, tools etc.]

Concessional charge

10 % less for INTACH members and employees

20 % less for students

Please download the Registration form: Registration-Form


Academic Enquiries: Mr. Navin Piplani

Administrative and Registration Enquiries: Ms. Tejaswi Mehta




Heritage in Economic Development
Feb 19 – Feb 21 all-day

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More information coming soon!

Financing and Fundraising for Heritage Management
May 7 – May 9 all-day

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