The Foundation hosts an array of talks on various topics related to Art, Architecture, Materials, and travel among others. Many of these lectures are aligned with contemporary research being conducted at the Foundation.
The most recent one was:
DECODING ‘THE MAPPED HERITAGE OF PANAJI’ 2017
A GHAG PUBLICATION RELEASED ON 27TH JULY 2018: INSPIRATION; PERSPIRATION; PRESENTATION AND ASPIRATIONS
A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH POONAM VERMA MASCARENHAS, THE CURATOR OF THE BOOK.
Date: 8th March 2019
Venue: Charles Correa Foundation, Panaji
MAPPED HERITAGE OF PANAJI, GOA 2017
The first listing of Panaji’s heritage was published in 2005 by GHAG in partnership with the City Corporation of Panaji. A decade later in 2015, archinova_environs undertook- fresh field survey after preparing a base map for the city on which the built and natural heritage was then marked. This was followed up with a fresh classification of heritage structures, using the updated grading system. While the listing is qualitative – the mapping is quantitative. This book, thus, presents both- qualitative and quantitative -simultaneously. It presents the up-to-date 2017 status of Heritage of Panaji comprising 907 entries in thirteen neighbourhoods comprising Ribandar, São Tomé, Fontainhas, Mala, Portais, Altinho, Central Business District, Campal, St. Inez, Miramar, Taleigao, Caranzalem and Dona Paula with location maps; photographic record; description; while values like architectural (A), historical (H), social (S), cultural (C), group (G), associated with a person or event (P), natural (N) and technological milestone (T) constitute the statement of significance which is denoted as abbreviations along with grade, ownership and address. A general maintenance guideline for built heritage forms a chapter to empower the owners to whom we owe much.
Poonam Verma Mascarenhas is an architect, building conservation professional, researcher and writer, with keen interest in contextual architecture. Unravelling the inherent wisdom of traditional building designs and technologies have engaged her for almost three decades and contemporising the same is cornerstone of her Goa-based, award-winning studio Archinova_Environs.
She is a Charles Wallace fellow and has masters in Conservation of Historic Buildings from University of York. Poonam has experience in building with alternative technologies at Auroville, Tamil Nadu; Conservation and development of 22 government owned heritage buildings at Jaipur- Amber under the aegis of ADB funded Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project. She has conserved couple of privately owned palaces at Rajasthan along with revival of several old houses at Goa.
Since 2016 she is also officiating as Cultural Heritage Management Expert consultant to Himachal Pradesh Government, Tourism Department, working on several heritage sites in Shimla and Mandi under the aegis of ADB funded Infrastructure Development Investment Project for Tourism in Himachal.
Poonam has contributed many articles, both nationally and internationally. Her research, spanning the six districts of Kerala was published as the ‘Kerala Heritage Guide’ in 2000. She researched and authored ‘Silent Sentinels, Traditional Architecture of Coorg’ published by HECAR in 2005. She contributed to monographs on Auroville architects– Poppo Pingle(2012) and Piero and Gloria Cicionesi (2018) published by Mapin. And her latest book is ‘Mapped Heritage of Panaji, Goa 2017’, published and released by Goa Heritage Action Group in July 2018.
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