Issue Theme :Heritage Conservation and Built Enviornment Issue Editor: Dr. Natraj Kranti Call for papers of IJPAS issue-1, 2018
Heritage is often considered to be a link to the past. The built heritage is a reflection of the past human life style, culture adding significant value to the present and future habitats. Understanding heritage is vital in order to conserve precious built forms. Due to rapid urbanization and increased economic growth, the focus on heritage conservation is often being ignored, leading to loss of natural and built heritage. The deterioration of heritage is not only a loss of identity but a threat to the built environment as well. It is often seen that many buildings or places with a unique identity, cultural significance andhistorical relevance are not being conserved. Eventually, such places are being associated with negative human activities, resulting in crimes, environmental pollution, and thus becoming strain on the local authorities. Particularly, it has become a difficult task to protect andconserve the tangible and the intangible aspects of the built heritage environment. It is alarming to witness that many monuments of heritage value have now turned to begleaming examples and unfortunate victims. To address such issues, positive approach to heritage conservation needs to be fostered. A conserved heritage positivelyimpacts the built environment. It functions as aneco-tourism destination, protecting not only the safety andenvironment but also leads to a positive multiplier effect benefiting the society in a number of ways. Given thisbackground, the first issue of IJPAS aims to address various concerns associated with this theme.
The Focus Areas
• The importance of heritage and conservation: Intangible, tangible, natural, built heritage etc. • Overcoming the problems in heritage conservation: Planning, administration, management, red tapes, bureaucracy, and civil-animosity.
• Impacts of unclassified, unprotected and un-conserved heritage: Impact on identity, environment, safety, administration, economy and built environment.
• Benefits of heritage conservation: Benefits on identity, safety, economy and the associated multiplier effect.