Shah Jehan and Sir Gilbert Scott are both in their graves, but the Taj Mahal and the University Clock Tower, still stand implacably in their grandeur, much as they were, when they were built – a source of inspiration to those who live near them and those who travel long distance to see them. They enrich our society by their mere existence. Do we not therefore have a duty to protect and conserve them?
What we aim to do in our presentations is to go behind the legislation, first to share with you the rationale for urban heritage conservation – can buildings have a value for the community; what does this value represent; are such buildings worth preserving – and then, to explore the interesting consequences of heritage legislation for planning in Mumbai. Continue reading “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”