As a natural process, cities face wear and tear of buildings. As a worldwide phenomenon, we see old buildings being replaced with nondescript buildings, that not only change the urban landscape but also severely impact pollution levels, harm local communities as well the planet. Research has proven that restoration and adaptive reuse of existing buildings can substantially contribute to circular economy and creating smart cities. However, sometimes lack of access to information, experience and technical skills makes the decision to retain and retrofit an old building unviable.
The Restoration Toolbox creates tools and spaces to promote participatory heritage conservation in India, using open-source digital technologies to empower citizens and local communities to preserve their own heritage. At the core of this project, led by the Indian architect Aishwarya Tipnis, lie the ideas of transferability of cross-cultural knowledge, and capacity building at the community level.
Following its successful platform launch at Alliance Française Delhi in April, the Restoration Toolbox gathered key heritage stakeholders on the occasion of two workshops, in Kolkata (West Bengal) and in Surat (Gujarat).