“Conservation” as soon as this word comes up we think of all the rich cultural heritage our country holds. Every country, state, nation has monuments which are considered to be their proud possession. But why is there a need to protect this rich heritage ? That is the main question.
‘The most environmentally benign building is the one that does not have to be built (because it already exists)’.
Our architectural legacy is one of the most tangible aspects of our heritage. By conserving our historic buildings we help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy as part of their heritage, just as we do now. As a small child learns the best facets of life and is nurtured the best by his grandparents in the same way our heritage sites act like grandparents teaching us moral values of the history but also not refraining us from moving ahead in modern times. The conservation of built heritage is generally perceived to be in the long term interest of society.
We often end up caring for things we value the most in our life likewise the need to conserve should be better understood for us to understand and value the heritage that we uphold in our culture. Heritage not only is a means to education but also guides us to a more environmentally sustainable and ecologically sensitive lifestyle. We must understand that the structures that were built in the earlier days weren’t just a very broad example of a more vernacular means to living but also teaches us about the cultural aspects of the same. As Indian culture keeps on diminishing behind the rich facades of westernization this proves to be some of the means for us to look back to the actual richness and not just for the purpose of its trendiness but because the younger generation needs to understand of its significance. Not only does it provide us with a rich cultural background but also we get to know a lot about the old construction techniques, the lifestyle of the people who were supposed to be living in that particular era. As we know such heritage architectural sites are also grounds for archaeological surveys.
Architecture is a three legged stool : Climate, Technology & Culture. Together they generate a building – Charles Correa.
The above quote by Ar. Charles Correa gives us an apt understanding of how multiple aspects of the built heritage make it what it is ! Hence by preserving such sites we are not only maintaining the rich antique skyline but also we get the opportunity to pass on this legacy to the upcoming generations.