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Conservation and the Indian City: Bridging the Gap

This volume assesses the contemporary condition of heritage and conservation in India from three perspectives – that of the monument and building; that of the city and its ecological context; and that of the broader policy and regulatory frameworks that enable conservation. To what degree does twentieth-century Modern architectural heritage in India actually impact daily urban life? Why are there unforeseen consequences of World Heritage Site designations on Indian towns and cities? Is there real potential for participatory conservation planning in the world’s largest democracy? Gathering an expansive group of multifaceted individuals – architects, conservationists, planners, urban designers, engineers, activists, educators, and practitioners – this book examines the successes and shortcomings of conservation practice in India today, and offers tactics and strategies to bridge extant social, political, and cultural gaps. This volume will be of interest to anyone seeking to understand the complex relationships between the contemporary city, conservation, and ecological-, cultural-, and built-heritage, whether in India or beyond.

Conceptualised, Curated, and Edited by Poonam Verma Mascarenhas and Vinayak Bharne
Foreword by Gustavo F. Araoz Essays
Authored by 26 Experts
Published by INHAF in collaboration with MyLiveableCity
Price: Introductory Pre-Order Offer at INR 1300
Soft Bound Edition
Book Size: 7.25 x 7.25 inches
Book Weight: 796 gms

ClimACT Compendium

ClimACT-Chennai is a climate action initiative that intends to bring convergence in views and actions that can take a proactive approach to the looming threat of Climate change faced by the city of Chennai. ClimACT seeks to lay out a strategic direction for actions relating to climate change in the city with the primary goal of improving its resilience, equity & liveability. The objective is to learn and get a lay of the land in terms of action in Chennai against the climate crisis. 

We believe that one way of gaining a better understanding of the city was to create a Compendium of relevant projects and initiatives in Chennai to get an overview of various actors tackling these challenges. Under the compendium exercise, we have identified organisations and their projects which contribute significantly to the fight against Climate Change in Chennai. The availability of information and access to relevant stakeholders has been the guiding principle in the selection of these organisations. 

The document is a culmination of desk research and one-on-one personal interviews wherever feasible. The underlying idea was to understand the kind of services provided and the type of work being implemented towards Climate action in the city. This is the first phase of the document and we envision a scaled-up version with the work of more organisations in the future.

Jobs and Skilling Landscape for Women Construction Workers in India: Learning from Case Studies​

On construction sites, few women are seen engaged in skilled work like masonry, carpentry, plumbing, etc. The construction industry in itself has displayed tremendous change in terms of technology and scale over the years. And yet, the position of women in the industry has remained unchanged and tied to unskilled, manual labour intensive, low-paying, and low-dignity jobs. 

INHAF and Sehreeti Developmental Practices Foundation came together with the objective to understand and address this issue. Our interactions with various stakeholders in the construction industry including builders, developers, training institution leaders, trade union representatives, and civil society revealed that while there is acknowledgment of the deplorable conditions of women construction workers there has limited action taken in this regard. Only a small group of civil society organisations have spearheaded initiatives that skill women construction workers. 

The need of the hour is an ecosystem approach that brings in the participation of major stakeholders in the construction industry and skilling ecosystem to ensure that women construction workers are not just skilled but are also able to access skilled jobs. This study presents the preliminary recommendations we have arrived at to transform this situation along with insights from our discussions with various stakeholders. 

We intend for it to be a call for collaboration with organisations working in the space of skilling, habitat development, and gender equity to integrate efforts towards mainstreaming skilled women construction workers.