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Between the workshop and the monument: digital interfaces for conservation at the buffer zone of the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jain, Shikha and Prizeman, Oriel ORCID: 2017. Between the workshop and the monument: digital interfaces for conservation at the buffer zone of the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. Presented at: ICOMOS General Assembly & Scientific Symposium 2017, Delhi, 11-15 December 2017.

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It has been acknowledged that the protection of cultural heritage can be the very cause of its gradual extraction from the society from which it emerged, however, in practice there remains an urgency in making the most of resources that are available. In 2010, the Jantar Mantar at Jaipur, at last became the first of four remaining eighteenth century astrological constructions of Jai Singh II to receive world heritage recognition soon to be followed by Jaipur city being recognised under the UNESCO Creative City Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art on 2015. The problem of balancing the expansion of intellectual and physical accessibility, of making knowledge as well as physical interaction more widely available is critical. In Jaipur, as a part of the “Smart Cities” initiative, the historic city area includes proposals on conservation of Jantar Mantar Buffer zone, crafts walks, global arts square along with use of advanced technology and free wifi zones The Jantar Mantar has recently been scanned with LIDAR as part of a project by the Department of Telecommunications, Rajasthan together with other monuments in Rajasthan to help them develop contents for Augmented Reality apps for the Jantar Mantar. Currently, complete LiDAR scanning of entire historic walled city of Jaipur is in process by the same Department. A parallel initiative to provide a digital platform for the crafts and craftspeople is also in process with efforts of local organisations. This paper seeks to address, in discussion with critical partners in practice, key issues of how digital interfaces may be developed to enhance accessibility and to seize opportunities for development without creating yet another layer of separation. In particular, it focuses on the potential contribution to knowledge creation for trades and crafts skills networks in a city with an exemplary legacy for fabrication.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 April 2019
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 10:28

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