Aish­warya Tip­nis Ar­chi­tects, Delhi

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Chan­der­nagore is a sleepy French town with a Ben­gali heart, a tes­ti­mony to the con­flu­ence of both cul­tures, a mélange of Indo Euro­pean ex­pres­sion su­perbly man­i­fested in its quaint me­an­der­ing streets, its el­e­gant prom­e­nade and homes planned around court­yards with Euro­pean look­ing fa­cades with in­tri­cate stucco de­tail­ing. The ar­chi­tec­tural mi­lieu is a bril­liant com­bi­na­tion of Euro­pean plan­ning prin­ci­ples with In­dian aes­thet­ics, stucco em­bel­lish­ments in ter­ra­cotta work, flo­ral pat­terns, dec­o­ra­tive cast and wrought iron rail­ings. The most crit­i­cal chal­lenge in the con­ser­va­tion of ur­ban her­itage is bal­anc­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the past with the needs of to­mor­row. “A large part of the con­ser­va­tion ap­proach is hinged on cre­at­ing a cli­mate for con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and out­reach apart from the phys­i­cal restora­tion. Each build­ing has a story to tell and we find those clues which help us ar­rive at a de­sign so­lu­tion that is most ap­pro­pri­ate,” says Aish­warya Tip­nis. by Jahnavi Chakravarty

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