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Komal Potdar


Komal Potdar is a conservation architecht from from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (2015) and an alumna of the Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai (2011). She has worked as an in-house consultant with the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. She has received Charles Wallace India Trust fellowship for continuing professional development courses in UK 2019-20, was selected as US-ICOMOS International Exchange Programme 2017, has been awarded the INTACH Heritage Academy Research Grant 2016-17 in the past. She has been associated with projects for conservation, research and outreach with CRCI India Pvt. Ltd. (New Delhi), ICOMOS India in collaboration with ICOMOS Norway. Her field of practice includes architectural conservation, World Heritage management and community participatory efforts towards cultural conservation and believes in multi-disciplinary approaches towards investigation, assessment and interventions. Komal has published range of scholarly papers in national and international journals. In the past, she has worked with NGOs namely Janwani, MCCIA (Pune) and CitiSpace- Nagar Alliance (Mumbai), closely working with the State Government and Urban Local Bodies for projects related to urban planning.

Research topic: Datascape methods for heritage planning professionals

This research will define the role of heritage in multi-cultural urban areas, through their historic layers and their sense of belonging. The research will use systematic spatial analysis from the field of urban design such as data-scapes, as well as social media and crowd sourcing methods, for comparative case studies of historic urban landscapes and for understanding community attitudes towards heritage; these will be translated into design principles.

The translation of the social media into mapping will be synthesized with practical input, which may assist multidisciplinary teams in managing heritage landscapes. The research will help define urban heritage including its physical attributes, the role it plays in local living and identity and the ways to prioritize the local communities. It will also evaluate the efficacy of different interventions aimed at upgrading the city infrastructure, to make the city “safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

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