Urban design as a frame for site readings of heritage landscapes: A case study of champaner-pavagadh, Gujarat, India

Amita Sinha, Yuthika Sharma

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    Abstract

    Conservation of heritage sites in South Asia should be guided by a new postcolonial paradigm of thinking about cultural landscape. This paper proposes an urban design approach drawing upon Kevin Lynch's concepts regarding representation of time in place and visual perception of urban form such that cultural heritage landscapes are experienced not as artefacts but as places. Using Champaner-Pavagadh in Gujarat, India as a case study, the paper shows that urban design interventions can provide a framework for thoughtful and imaginative site reading and interpretation. The interventions use a different medium of expression than reproducing historical precedent-the attempt is not to mimic the past but to evoke it through a visual and spatial vocabulary of design.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)203-221
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Urban Design
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Urban Studies

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