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Mid Term Session for paper on Heritage Buildings 2018

      Indian Buildings Congress was founded on 1st September 1992 and registered as a society on 29th March 1993, with its headquarters at New Delhi. The vision of the organization is sustainable built environment, which is capable of meeting the needs of the Indian masses. The mission of the organization is to promote innovative technologies and materials in construction of buildings and infrastructure, including quality, safety, health care and environment.

      The organization is striving continuously to bring all professionals connected with built environment on a single platform through interface between architects, engineers and other building professionals from public and private sectors.


      Indian Buildings Congress, will be holding its Mid Term Seminar on “Conservation and Restoration of Heritage Buildings” on June 23-24, 2018 at Udaipur, apart from conducting business like holding of Governing Council Meeting. Members of the Indian Buildings Congress and professionals of Government Departments, Housing Boards, Development Authorities, Town and Country Planning Organizations, State PWDs, Teaching and Training Institutes, Builders, Developers and Private Sector Organizations interested in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and built environment are cordially invited to participate in the Seminar.


      The theme of the Seminar would be “Conservation and Restoration of Heritage Buildings”


      The Indian sub-continent is endowed with, perhaps, the richest and the most diverse stock of cultural and architectural heritage, with a significant proportion of them constituting living monuments in India. The state of Rajasthan has an overwhelming number of such heritage structures requiring conservation and restoration.

      Our heritage is diverse and includes buildings, monuments, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes and archaeological sites. Each one of these places contain elements that tell its own individual story. It may be design of the heritage building, the material it was built from, the interior features like woodwork and cornicing, the paint colours or even the landscaping that are physical reminders of glory. For this reason, it is important that any restoration to a heritage place respect its significant elements. Additions and alterations and any new development should complement the building’s original scale, form and massing.

      Protecting the built heritage and conserving the local traditional and cultural values of communities for future generations present a real challenge for building professionals. Heritage structures often require remedial intervention due to material deterioration and structural distress caused by natural phenomena, such as, ageing or weathering of materials, and natural and man-made disasters. They were built in an era when building codes, as we know them today, were not formalized, and with the construction materials and techniques that present-day engineers and architects are not familiar. The durability of these structures may offer an illusion of eternity. They exhibit augmented vulnerability to natural disasters, such as, earthquakes, floods and cyclones. Hence, there is a persistent danger of losing a large stock of heritage structures.

      The conservation of built heritage is generally perceived in the long term interest of society. Most buildings are capable of beneficial use, whether for their original purpose or for some other use, including use for economical viable enterprise. Heritage properties comprise of archaeological sites, remains, ruins and monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and their counterparts in the states.

      There is need for building professionals to have an in-depth knowledge and foresight in repairs and restoration of “Heritage Buildings”. It has therefore been decided to hold a Seminar on “Conservation and Restoration of Heritage Buildings” with the following sub themes:-

  • Heritage Buildings; Criteria & methodology of listing, grading, salient features, Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 2010, provision in prohibited & regulated areas, protected monuments & sites etc.
  • Conservation and Preservation Techniques: Factors deteriorating heritage, structural conservation, chemical preservation, retrofitting, maintenance etc.
  • Case Studies:
    • Conservation projects of heritage buildings
    • Conservation and re-use of heritage buildings for offices, hotels etc.


      Authors are requested to send two hard copies of their Paper, along with CD in Microsoft Word. The Paper should not exceed 3000 words and should also contain an abstract of about 200 words. Accompanying drawings and figures should be of good quality. Photographs, if any, should be sent in original or through separate scan file. The paper should be original and should not have been published earlier or presented in any other Seminar/Conference. Authors should also indicate the names of co-authors, their affiliation, mailing addresses, email ID and telephone numbers. Papers selected for the Seminar will be published in the Preliminary Publication of Indian Buildings Congress. Upto 2 authors of each paper shall be given a free delegate status in the Seminar. Authors should communicate their intention of submitting the paper along with a brief abstract by April 30, 2018. The full text of paper can be submitted by May 15, 2018, on acceptance of the abstract by the Indian Buildings Congress Technical Committee. All correspondence concerning abstracts/papers may be addressed to:

P.S. Chadha, Consultant, Indian Buildings Congress
Sector-VI, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110022;
Telephones 26169531,26170197 Fax No. 26196391



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