Architectural Heritage Safeguarding
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LISTING
LISTING
LISTING
LISTING
LISTING
LISTING

Listing


Listing and Inventories are the preliminary activities of Chettinad Project. This methodology, according the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and UNESCO guidelines is the first step to protect the Chettinad heritage. Inventories of all important heritage is taken up in order to give priority to conservation, to tourism potential identification, to improvement of awareness and recognition of the value.

ArcHe-S is developing technical tools such as listing and documentation which are compulsory to create a heritage management plan and to take decisions concerning  conservation and heritage policies.

This method consists in undertaking surveys, village after one another, in order to get a knowledge of the urban elements and to identify the buildings (Chettiars and of different communities), their state of conservation, their value as well as their integrity and authenticity.  The criteria of heritage assets, in particular the Chettiar houses, have been preliminary defined in an inventory form specific for the Chettinad region and according to international conventions. In addition to the inventory comprised of maps of state of conservation, the value maps, maps of of bulding types and the inventory form, a glossary and a guideline concept paper has been prepared in order to enable the staff of the future Chettinad Heritage Centre to carry out the inventory works to be undertaken in the different villages of the region.

The analysis aims also at understanding the way these important structures were built, who built and conceived them, how the materials and technics of construction have been elatorated accoding to the climate constraints and how the materials from abroad came to this remote area.

The technical team has prepared a typology of the Chettiar buildings or “the Evolution” according to the layout, the period of construction, the architectural features, the materials thanks to the sensitive and accurate filled inventory forms. This will enable heritage walks for each village to be proposed to the visitors.
The final phase of the study aims at devising a comprehensive strategy for the conservation of the site with proposed accurate heritage regulations which will serve as a basis for a future conservation regional plan.