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Aayojan School of Architecture, Jaipur, concluded the Phase III of ASA Lecture Series(formerly known as Saturday Lecture Series) on November 10th,2017. The Expert for the Session was Dr. Rima Hooja. Dr.Hooja is an eminent Writer, Historian and Archaeologist. Former member National Monuments Authority, Govt. of India, presently she is contributing her experience and wisdom as Consultant Director (Library & Archives) Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace Jaipur; Member, Central Advisory Board for Archaeology [CABA], Govt. of India; Member Permanent Technical Advisory Committee, Govt. of Rajasthan; Trustee Jaipur Virasat Foundation; Editor, Journal Of Heritage Management; Visiting Professor SPA, Delhi and Adjunct Faculty Ahmedabad University’s Centre for Heritage Management

The session started as a studiointeraction with PG Students working on Historic City Centres of Sanganer and Bundi. The students shared their research analysis with Dr.Hooja which was appreciated by Rima Ma’am for directional approach towards reading the city as well as development of unique approach to enhance the significance and status of Heritage in Future Development Patterns.

The second part of the session was a presentation based talk delivered by the Expert, on the theme “Heritage: Concerns for Future (Gentrification, Heritagization, Tourism, Stakeholders)”. This session was attended by Students and Faculty of ASA, from both Undergraduate Program (B.Arch) and Postgraduate Program (M.Arch.). The session began with set of questions put up to the audience, “What is heritage?”, “How to make Heritage Tag Beneficial”, to quote a few. A brief review of understanding about Heritage was elaborated upon. Heritage was defined as a framework within which people are socialized. Further, with the help of case examples the issues related with different approaches towards Heritage like Gentrification, Heritagization and Tourism were discussed in detail to sensitize the audience about the success and gaps of different ideologies. The audience was mesmerized with the insights shared, one being the Decentralization of Heritage Governance, another being whether all the Heritage structures need to be monumentalize and others. The discussion came up as a way forwardfor students and the group was quiet responsive to the same.

Overall, the session, although last for the semester, again ended with a request from students as a realization of significance for similar. The updation associated with Expert Talks offers a platform for exposing the students as well as faculty to the real world dynamics. It also offers a rich set of information to upgrade the pedagogy and aptitude for various global and local concerns. 

The sessionsgave an insight to reconsider the approaches for Heritage;. The students and Faculty, ASA, further shared their queries and understanding which were thoroughly answered by the speaker, Dr.Hooja