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Proposing digital models for the discussion of contested conservation practice: Case studies from Tamil Nadu, India

Prizeman, Oriel, Branfoot, C, Rao, K and Hardy, A 2019. Proposing digital models for the discussion of contested conservation practice: Case studies from Tamil Nadu, India. Presented at: 27th CIPA International Symposium “Documenting the past for a better future”, Avila, Spain, 1-5 Sept 2019. ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. Copernicus, pp. 133-140. 10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W6-133-2019

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential for digital surveys to mediate as tools in a complex arena. As increased wealth and continuous religious practice have supported the energetic maintenance and renovation of temple buildings in Tamil Nadu justified by reference to ancient texts, UNESCO commissioned a fact-finding mission regarding conservation practice there in 2016. As part of wider project to investigate the strands of inherited textual guidance in this sensitive area, digital documentation methods are being tested in terms of their capacity to provide a locus for discourse between divergent views at a time of rapid formulation of policy documents that seek to offer guidelines for the conservation of an estimated 38000 temple buildings in the state. This paper outlines some challenges and ambitions of creating digital platforms to serve such an endeavour through potential scenarios offered by two case studies. Specifically, it considers the merits of tools to read urban encroachment, to identify change over time and to explore a means to provide a hypothetical platform for discussion of potentially sensitive adjustments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D890 Eastern Hemisphere
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Copernicus
Funders: AHRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 19 July 2019
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 14:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125293

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