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Antarctica: Heritage at the Extreme By Camilla Nichol, CEO UK Antarctic Heritage Trust
The last two centuries of human activity in Antarctica has seen a rapid evolution from discovery to exploitation; heroic exploration and a geopolitical arms race for sovereignty and today through international scientific programmes and questions of global sustainability. Today, Antarctica is at the leading edge of our understanding of our planet and its future.The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust is the UK’s foremost polar organisation concerned with the custodianship of Britain’s heritage in Antarctica and using that heritage to engage a global audience with this important and fascinating place on our planet. Camilla Nichol is the CEO of the UK Antarctic Heritage
- Wednesday, 27 October
- 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST
Leveraging Digital Technology: Impacting Buildings Research & Management By Brent R. Fortenberry, Tulane University
Digital technology such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, and aerial survey, are becoming increasingly common in the fields of architecture and allied fields of the built environment. Digital technology promises faster, more accurate ways to capture and represent historic building information. While much of this work relates to dynamic visualizations with manipulatable 3D models for public consumption, digital technology offers an important opportunity to better the ways that we document, interpret, and manage historic structures buildings and landscapes. Using case studies from the American South, Bermuda, and Jamaica this talk explores the new methodologies that scholars and practitioners of everyday historic buildings utilize to enhance their work.
- Tuesday, 02 November
- 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM BST
Kolkata’s heritage and the Alipore Green City Project By Nilina Deb Lal, PhD
Calcutta / Kolkata – erstwhile capital of British India, is considered to be a city worthy of world heritage status. With an abundance of nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings, an ambience, lifestyle and culture unique unto itself, Calcutta’s heritage consciousness is of relatively recent provenance, having found a voice only in the 1990s. Since then, heritage awareness and protection has manifested itself in the listing of buildings, preparation of guidelines for owners, and a burgeoning heritage-based tourism industry. Yet, the very same heritage presents abundant real estate opportunities in the midst of a densely built city. The Alipore Green City Project, conceptualized and driven by the West Bengal State Government, to be built over a precious green tract in the heart of the bustling metropolis is a case in point. The talk will attempt to present an overview of Calcutta’s heritage status as of now, juxtaposed against the growing tendency to monetise resources, as illustrated by the Alipore Green City Project.
- Wednesday, 10 November
- 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM GMT
Steering Change: 3 Maharajas of Courtly Jaipur By Dr Vibhuti Sachdev, PhD
Since its inception in 1727, the court of Jaipur with its every reign, has taken on challenges of new growth and development. Adopting new mindsets and modern technologies has meant that the courtly culture of Jaipur has been at the forefront of innovations. But it has done so with careful negotiations with its age old traditions, making each change albeit radical appear seamlessly aligned with its past. How were these changes situated within an orthodox Hindu court, how were they represented and explained? What this shows is that it is possible to carry the past into the future not in a fossilised way but as a way to root modernising forces propelling the culture into the future.
- Wednesday, 24 November
- 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM GMT