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Humayun's Tomb Conservation

Ratish Nanda with inputs from Rajpal Singh and Archana Saad Akhtar
Contributions by Narendra Swain, Christian Richter, Ram Rahman, Vijendra Nagar and Ramesh Tahlan Photographs by Himanish Das

Located in the heart of Delhi, the Nizamuddin heritage precinct comprises the areas of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, Humayun’s Tomb and Sunder Nursery.

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Located in the heart of Delhi, the Nizamuddin heritage precinct comprises the areas of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, Humayun’s Tomb and Sunder Nursery.
In 1993, the Humayun’s Tomb was designated a World Heritage Site. With almost a hundred heritage buildings located here, the area is visited by millions of tourists and pilgrims each year and the resident communities here are custodians of 700 years of living culture.

Following the successful restoration of the Humayun’s Tomb garden in 2004, the Aga Khan Development Network—in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Central Public Works Department—embarked on an urban renewal initiative in the larger Nizamuddin area in 2007. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on leveraging cultural assets to achieve physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in cities across the world.

The Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative brings together world-class professional capabilities in all relevant areas and combines a visionary approach with the local contexts and complexities. From the onset, the project objectives included conservation of heritage buildings coupled with a cultural revival of intangible heritage, improving quality of life in Nizamuddin Basti through socio-economic development measures and environmental development of its green spaces.

The Humayun’s Tomb conservation, co-funded by the Tata Trusts from the onset, has been a prominent component of the urban renewal initiative. It remains the only privately undertaken conservation effort at any of India’s sites of national importance. This volume details the philosophy, principles and processes followed during this successful conservation effort with the intention to inform as well as allow the project to serve as case study for similar efforts countrywide.

Illustrated with detailed architectural drawings and lavish photographs of the heritage structures, and accompanied with a DVD featuring the conservation work, this book documents the conservation works undertaken on the Humayun’s Tomb and its neighbouring monuments that have aimed to redefine standard conservation practice in India.

Conservation architect Ratish Nanda has led the multi-disciplinary AKTC team implementing the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative since the project’ inception in 2006. Prior to this, he was responsible at AKTC for the Bagh-e-Babur restoration and the Humayun’s Tomb garden restoration.

• Foreword
• Preface
• Site’s History and World Heritage Designation
• Understanding Humayun’s Tomb
• Conservation Planning
• Conservation Philosophy
• Conservation Programme
• Historic Urban Landscape
• Notes
• Acknowledgements
• Project Team
ISBN 9788189995966
Pages 168
Number of photographs 245 photographs
Number of illustrations 27 Illustrations and 18 drawings
Size 8.27 x 11.7" (210 x 297 mm), pb with gatefold and CD
Date of Publishing 2017
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Rights Available World rights
“This is a model project, and I would like to stress ‘model project’... a way of organising people, expertise, skills, and money, to produce a quality of result for a place which is very complex, very important historically, one which is on the World Heritage List, and one where decisions must recognise a variety of interests. I’m able to write of being inspired. Inspired by the qualities of the World Heritage Site brought to life...”
Prof. Herb Stovel,
Director, ICCROM & ICOMOS World Heritage Advisor

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