THF wins UNESCO award
Posted by Andre on 21 Apr 2007 at 8:47 AM
THF UNESCO Heritage Award 2006UNESCO writes about THF's project:
"This small-scale project has catalyzed a conservation and urban rehabilitation
movement in the ancient capital of Ladakh by successfully undertaking the pilot
restoration of a residential neighborhood which includes a range of building
typologies. By conducting a detailed social survey alongside a conservation
inventory, the needs of the population were addressed in an integrated way.
Through low-cost restoration using indigenous knowledge, skills and materials, it
has demonstrated the feasibility for residents and authorities to upgrade historic
quarters for modern living. Training of local workers in all aspects of the work,
even in mural cleaning and stabilization, lays the foundation for the continued
empowerment of the community. Contributions by homeowners and the
municipal government to the conservation of private houses and public
infrastructure, respectively, ensure a local investment to the work. The spin-off
effects of the project are evident, with expressions of interest from other
homeowners and the local government to continue with additional works to
conserve other heritage structures in the Leh old town.
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