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Heritage Management

Heritage Management is UMC’s forte since its inception. Heritage represents the history of communities, embodying their tradition and culture through architecture and the urban form. With a team of enthusiasts including architects, urban designers, archaeologists and urban planners, we nurture a passion towards heritage conservation.
We firmly believe that old buildings and city plans in and around urban areas should be looked upon as assets rather than liabilities. UMC believes that potential conflicts between conservation and development can be avoided by increasing the functional integration of urban space through comprehensive planning and research.

We have assisted governments to list, document and grading heritage assets, preparation of heritage management plans, creation of heritage specific bye-laws around ASI protected monuments and providing hand holding support for design and construction to develop heritage precincts.

Heritage Management Plan, Jodhpur

 

Client: National Institute of Urban Affairs

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Duration: September 2017- April 2018

 

National Institute of Urban Affairs instituted a programme for Revitalization of Historic Towns of Rajasthan under Rajasthan State Heritage Programme.  UMC prepared a holistic Heritage Management Plan for Jodhpur city as the pilot project for this programme.

The aim of the Jodhpur Heritage Management Plan is to achieve the following project outputs

null Output 1: Holistic Heritage Management Plan for Jodhpur 
null Output 2: Project Development Proposal for Specified Area

null The objective of the project focused on preparing a holistic Heritage Management Plan for Jodhpur. The HMP focused on the tangible and intangible heritage assets; however, the same is not looked at in isolation. The HMP demonstrated an inclusive revitalisation approach, which has a thrust on multi-sectoral planning, participatory planning, and effective investment planning in order to achieve overall social and economic development along with effective management of diverse heritage assets. HMP identified ‘Heritage zones / Special zones’ and proposed effective sustainable development and implementation strategies.
null Out of the heritage zones identified in the HMP, a priority area which also has the potential to be taken up for immediate development was selected and a conceptual proposal for the same was worked out such that it can be taken up by the implementation body for further detailing and execution.
null The preparation of a heritage management plan which included inventory and mapping of heritage assets, existing situation assessment, zone demarcation projects and recommendations, formation and suggestions for City Heritage Cell. As well as the creation of a design toolkit for the heritage cities, public consultations and workshops with officials, stakeholders and the general public with the creation of a project proposal for an identified area. UMCPL worked closely with the clients (NIUA & WB) to deliver the required outputs collectively.

The activities included:

null Heritage Management Plan

null Institutional Strengthening
null Developing and Defining a Vision for Jodhpur.
null Inventory and mapping of all the tangible and intangible heritage assets through a participatory process (Listing and geo-tagged mapping)
null Existing situation assessment / Diagnosis.
null Heritage zones / Special zones with the concentration of heritage assets and prioritised projects
null Detailed surveys- built heritage, socio-economic scenarios, crafts sector
null Consultations and workshops with stakeholders ranging from street vendors, artisans, government officials, private business owners to the erstwhile royal family
null Development Strategies along with Design toolkit & palette
null List and map of prioritised projects
null Detailed road map for investments and actions
null Defined Roles of various stakeholders

null Project Development Proposal

null Area analysis (identification of issues)
null Mapping and documentation of the area
null Situation assessment including legal and infrastructure issues
null Stakeholder/community consultation (for relevant aspects)
null Infrastructure & Investment Gap Assessment
null Conceptual proposal for the holistic development of the area
null Detailed Proposal

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City Anchor, DPR consultant and Project Management Unit for Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit under National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)


Client:
National Institute of Urban Affairs

Location: Bet Dwarka

Duration: June 2016 – April 2019


The National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) Scheme was launched on January 21, 2015, by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) with the aim of bringing together urban planning, local economic development, and heritage conservation in an inclusive manner with the objective of restoring, reviving and strengthening the soul and heritage of the city. The scheme aimed to preserve the city’s unique character by encouraging an aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative, and a secured environment.

Under HRIDAY, 12 cities were identified viz. Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni, and Warangal. National Institute of Urban Affairs(NIUA) – acting as the National Program Management Unit, appointed Urban Management Centre (UMC) in consortium with Urban Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd. as the HRIDAY City Anchor (HCA) for Dwarka and Bet Dwarka (Okha Municipality).

HRIDAY focuses on the development of civic infrastructure development projects around heritage sites, leading to the revitalization of the city as a heritage and cultural destination.  UMC  prepared a city-specific design toolkit under the CHP to guide the DPR preparation and it also served as a guidebook for the municipality for planning future development projects of the city, especially for the heritage areas.

As a part of the HRIDAY guidelines, UMC fulfilled its role as an ‘anchor’ and conducted the following activities:

null Documented and listed down the heritage structures in the city.
null Prepared City HRIDAY Plan (CHP) based on the existing situation of past and ongoing projects to design a Heritage Toolkit.
null Evaluated any existing/ ongoing DPRs to be fast-tracked under the HRIDAY Mission.
null Conceptualized and designed urban heritage projects with a focus on civic improvements.
null Supported ULB to undertake bidding process evaluation for selection of DPR agency and implementation contractor.
null Provided technical advice to the DPR consultants and evaluated the DPRs
null Supervised construction on site.
null Monitoring and evaluation of the execution of the project with respect to heritage focused and heritage -sensitive design, construction methodology, and architectural intent for the entire project life cycle on the basis of heritage guidelines/instruction, as per the CHP and DPRs.

 Preparation of Detailed Project Report for Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit included :

null Review of existing infrastructure and identify gaps between existing and proposed urban infrastructure
null UMC has carried out the assessment of infrastructural gaps in the Project area and further investigation along with methods for remedying them
null Draft detailed proposal has been prepared with supporting architectural, landscape, structural, and engineering drawings.
null Detailed costing and BoQ for tendering process for selection of a contractor has been provided along with detailed specification, schedule of finishes, and approval of the same.
null The HCA provided technical assistance by conducting review meetings along with field visits to ensure quality execution work as per drawings.
null The UMC supported the Municipality to initiate the administrative procedures to obtain clearance from the competent authorities.

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Listing and Grading of Heritage in Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority Area


Client: Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority

Location: Gandhinagar District, Gujarat, India

Duration: Feb- 2014 Dec - 2014


Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA) was created on March 12, 1996, by the Government of Gujarat (GoG). The prime objective of the GUDA's formation was to carry out the sustained planned development of the area falling outside the periphery of Gandhinagar Notified Area. With a view to ensuring well-planned development of Gandhinagar capital city and 39 villages admeasuring area of 388 sqm.

Continuing its commitment towards heritage conservation, GUDA undertook the initiative to prepare a list of heritage structures within its jurisdiction. For this purpose, GUDA approached INTACH-Gujarat Chapter to undertake listing and grading of heritage structures on GUDA’s behalf. INTACH-Gujarat chapter partnered with Urban Management Centre (UMC). UMC hosted the INTACH-Gujarat office at their premises and provided technical and administrative staff for this project. The main aim of this listing and grading exercise was to create an inventory of heritage structures based on their heritage value and further facilitate their conservation. UMC has been a crucial associate of INTACH-Gujarat as they bought vast experience and regional knowledge in heritage. UMC directors have also received the INTACH-SATTE award for 2012 for their exemplary work in documenting and grading of heritage buildings of Surat. 

UMC undertook the following tasks for the project: 

null UMC conducted an extensive and in-depth study of heritage properties of GUDA jurisdiction.
null The study aimed to put forward innovative ideas for the revitalization of the sites by various measures.
null The UMC team prepared a comprehensive form for the listing of heritage properties. The criteria included age of the building, year of construction, ownership, nature of the building, the material of construction, architectural elements, special features in the built typology, community spaces, trees, gates, and street furniture, etc. The survey format was finalized by consultative meetings with GUDA representatives, field testing, selecting and training survey teams, etc.
null UMC conducted a secondary literature survey by meeting people who have knowledge of the history, cultural fabrics of the region.
null The documented properties and their characteristics were uploaded on GIS platform to generate thematic maps for further analysis of heritage sites and decision making by GUDA.
null Grading of documented buildings was based on INTACH’s framework for grading of heritage

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Listing and Grading of Heritage in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (excluding Walled City)


Client:
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Duration: July 2013- June 2015


Ahmedabad city boasts of rich built and cultural heritage right from Karnavati to the walled city settled by Ahmed Shah to modern architectural marvels spread across the city. This represents the history of the community and makes the heritage of a city an integral part of urban life. 

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation prior to the declaration of Ahmedabad as a world heritage city augmented its existing list of heritage properties (walled city) by conducting a survey of areas outside the walled city, i.e. 460 sqm.

Apart from the walled city, Ahmedabad boasts of numerous heritage precincts pre-dating the walled city as well as post-independence modern heritage. 

null UMC  conducted an extensive and in-depth study of heritage properties of AMC jurisdiction (outside the walled city, i.e. 460 sqm).
null The study aimed to put forward innovative ideas for the revitalization of the sites by various measures.
null The UMC team prepared a comprehensive form for the listing of heritage properties. The criteria included age of the building, year of construction, ownership, nature of the building, the material of construction, architectural elements, special features in the built typology, community spaces, trees, gates, and street furniture, etc. The survey format was finalized by consultative meetings with AMC representatives, field testing, selecting and training survey teams, etc.
null UMC conducted a secondary literature survey by meeting people who were well versed with the history and cultural fabrics of Ahmedabad.
null The documented properties and their characteristics were uploaded on a GIS platform to generate thematic maps for further analysis of heritage sites and decision making by the Municipal Corporation and Government.
null Grading of documented buildings was based on INTACH’s framework for heritage grading.

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Strengthening Heritage Management in City Governments - Madhya Pradesh 


Client:
Madhya Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Investment Programme (MPUIIP)

Location: Madhya Pradesh

Duration: July 2013


Madhya Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Investment Programme (MPUIIP) undertook necessary reforms and wished to implement a demonstration project for conservation of heritage in Madhya Pradesh. In this regard, MPUIIP appointed UMC’s Founding Director Ms. Manvita Baradi as Heritage Expert to prepare a document detailing out strategies for Strengthening Heritage Management in city governance.  The document prepared detailed out steps whereby MPUIIP’s allocated budget for the heritage sector may be utilized for implementing a state urban heritage cell, create a database of heritage in the state and implement one heritage conservation and urban improvement project in Bhopal. The various applicable laws were studied to propose the State Urban Heritage Cell for Madhya Pradesh. 

Drawing upon experience as Founding Director of Urban Management Centre (UMC), with assistance from the UMC team conducted various field visits and meetings/ discussions with relevant stakeholders and subject experts.

UMC for the preparation of the document undertook the following tasks : 

null Mapping existing Institutional Framework for Heritage in Madhya Pradesh.
null A detailed assessment of various activities undertaken with direct or indirect bearing to heritage was conducted.
null An assessment of legal frameworks for heritage conservation was assessed and a state-wise assessment of heritage regulations was provided.
null As per the assessment of the institutional framework, multiple government and private organisations came into focus working towards urban heritage conservation. MPUIIP felt the need to integrate and channelize efforts through a dedicated state-level body. Therefore, UMC detailed out the role of the state-level body that would introduce legal, policy, technical and training related measures at the state and city government levels.
null A detailed list of functions was provided to be undertaken by the SUHC.
null A suggested framework for setting up a State Urban Heritage Cell was detailed out.
null In order to operationalize the State Urban Heritage Cell (SUHC) for MP, case studies and similar interventions in other states and cities were reviewed.
null Further detailed out Action Plan for Operationalizing SUHC with its Composition, functions and budget was proposed with suggested legal framework.

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Preparation of Heritage By-Laws for the Prohibited and Regulated Areas of ASI Protected Monuments-Sarkhej Roza, Ahmedabad and Dwarkadish Group of Temples, Dwarka

 

Client: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage

Location: Ahmedabad

Duration: May 2012 -July 2012

 

The archaeological survey in India (ASI) requested the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to formulate heritage by-laws for 13 important archaeological structures across India. The Gujarat chapter of INTACH, in collaboration with UMC, was given the task of preparing bye-laws for the Sarkhej Roza, Ahmedabad, and the Dwarkadhish Group of Temples, Dwarka. The objectives of the study were as follows :

null To evaluate the current state of the prohibited and regulated area (referred to as study area) through an analysis of key issues.
null To prepare bye-laws for the conservation of the prohibited and regulated areas of selected areas.

UMC recognized the need to build, assess, and understand the existing issues of the prohibited and regulated zones for the monument and areas surrounding it. The assessment was done at three levels 

null Protected zone
null Public areas
null Private areas in the regulated zone

UMC organized and demarcated a variety of parameters to guide the assessment study. The study and the preparation of bye-laws involved data collection, mapping of the study area, reconnaissance and sample surveys, meeting with experts, and consultation with stakeholders.

null Data was collected from various authorities and sources; maps acquired from government organizations; books and documents were used for references.
null Monument maps were digitized from ASI drawings; building footprints were mapped from satellite images; field visits were conducted to verify the maps.
null Conducted field visits to survey the monument and its surrounding areas to understand the structure and its issues; photographic documentation was done; sample survey of surrounding households was conducted to assess economic condition of people, their relationship with the monument, etc.
null Various meetings and consultations were organized with experts for better perception and understanding.

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Preparation of Action Plan for Conservation of Deulwadi Heritage Precincts

 

Location: Deulwadi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Client: Mumbai Metropolitan Region- Heritage Conservation Society

Duration: March 2010- March 2011

The Deulwadi precinct of Uran was delineated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region – Heritage Conservation Society (MMR-HCS) to formulate an action plan to conserve the tangible and intangible heritage of Uran. UMC was roped in by MMR-HCS to prepare an action plan for the management of the heritage precinct. Uran is part of the Navi Mumbai city township in the Raigarh district near Panvel and Karjat, Maharashtra. Situated to the east of Mumbai, Uran has developed over time and due to proximity to Mumbai fell prey to pressures of increasing urbanization pressures tearing apart the versatility and culture of the area. The new developments in disjunction to the existing heritage created the need for urgent steps for preservation and conservation. The Deulwadi precinct is a core and oldest area of Uran town located near the Bhimala talao. 

The objective of the study assigned to UMC was to :

null Evaluate the current status and condition of the precinct through detailed documentation and analysis of key issues
null Identify schematic projects, programmes for the conservation of precincts through the participation of local communities and stakeholders
null Formulate financial, institutional, and regulatory strategies for project implantation, phasing, operation, and maintenance
null Prepare draft guidelines for the conservation of the heritage process

UMC’s approach towards condition assessment comprised of documentation of buildings and its evaluation that varied from macro-level information assessment to micro-level detail design that included its craftsmanship embodied knowledge of structure and materials. The scope of work involved:

null To evaluate the current status and condition of the precinct through detailed and analysis of documentation key issues.
null To identify schematic project programmes for the conservation of projects of precincts through participation for project implementation, phasing, operation, and maintenance.
null To prepare draft guidelines for the conservation of the heritage precincts.
null To evaluate the ground reality by survey and other documentation tools.
null To understand the various components of planning and urban design for further identification of segment designing projects.
null To identify the importance of regional architectural elements and their design to further establish regulatory mechanisms for the area.

 

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GIS-based Mapping of the Living Heritage of Surat for Improved Heritage Management in Surat

 

Client: Surat Municipal Corporation

Location: Surat, Gujarat, India

Duration: December 2008- July 2009

 

Surat is one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing cities of India in terms of its economy and culture. The city also has a magnificent heritage value as the one it is one of the oldest port cities and with a history of having business linkages with more than 84 countries. Surat is the ninth-largest city in the country and second in Gujarat state. Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) with the funds received under the JnNURM aimed at addressing the challenges faced by cities of India that also laid emphasis on urban renewal and heritage conservation in cities. SMC undertook the initiative to protect and conserve its valuable heritage.

SMC brought out a TOR to undertake heritage management planning. One of the aspects of preparing a comprehensive listing and determining the heritage properties in Rander and the Central zone for assistance was assigned to the Urban Management Centre (UMC). UMC recognized the role of city governments in the conservation of heritage not only in terms of preserving the sense of identity of a city but also in its contribution to enhancing local economic development. UMC initiated the study of GIS-based mapping of the living heritage of Surat, in Central Zone, for the Surat Municipal Corporation in October 2008.

null UMC conducted an extensive and in-depth study of the heritage properties of Surat in collaboration with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). SMC, the local government was the facilitator in inner-city revival. UMC documented more than 4000 heritage properties in the inner-city of Surat and Rander.
null The study aimed to put forward innovative ideas for the revitalization of the sites. The project was launched by organizing a workshop on “Surat Sona ni Murat” with different stakeholders with a primary focus on the background of the history, culture, and heritage of the city. The workshop enabled a deeper understanding of the UMC and SMC staff of heritage fabrics of the city.
null The UMC team prepared a comprehensive form for the listing of heritage properties. The criteria included age of the building, year of construction, ownership, nature of the building, the material of construction, architectural elements, special features in the built typology, community spaces, trees, gates, and street furniture, etc. The survey format was finalized by consultative meetings with SMC representatives, field testing, selecting and training survey teams, etc.
null UMC conducted a secondary literature survey by meeting people who have knowledge of the history, cultural fabrics of Surat.
null The documented properties and their characteristics were uploaded on a GIS platform to generate thematic maps for further analysis of heritage sites and decision making by the Municipal Corporation and Government.

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HERITAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECTS

 

Heritage Management Plan, Jodhpur

City Anchor, DPR consultant and Project Management Unit for Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit under National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana -HRIDAY

Listing and Grading of Heritage in Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority Area

Listing and Grading of Heritage in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation -excluding Walled City

Strengthening Heritage Management in City Governments - Madhya Pradesh 

Preparation of Heritage By-Laws for the Prohibited and Regulated Areas of ASI Protected Monuments-Sarkhej Roza, Ahmedabad and Dwarkadish Group of Temples, Dwarka

Preparation of Action Plan for Conservation of Deulwadi Heritage Precincts

GIS-based Mapping of the Living Heritage of Surat for Improved Heritage Management in Surat