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By: PTI | New Delhi |

December 20, 2020 1:20:28 pm

The Sunder Nursery, winner of two awards from the 2020 cycle, was awarded the Special Recognition for Sustainable Development for its transformative impression in turning a barren web site into an city oasis within the coronary heart of New Delhi. (Express photograph by Abhinav Saha)

Delhi’s iconic Sunder Nursery, a 90-acre backyard which was remodeled right into a horticultural paradise after a decade-long conservation work, is among the many winners within the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation this yr.

Also, Koothambalam at Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala’s Thrissur has been chosen within the Award of Distinction class.

The progressive revitalisation of the Lai Cho Wo Rural Cultural Landscape in Hong Kong SAR, China and the transformative administration of the historic Sunder Nursery of New Delhi have obtained the newly launched Special Recognition for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Bangkok has stated.

The Sunder Nursery has additionally been recognised because the Award of Excellence on this yr’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, it stated in a press release. Thick vegetation had taken over its lawns and the centuries-old tombs on its premises laid decrepit for years, however after a decade-long conservation work, the Sunder Nursery was remodeled into a brand new horticultural paradise, and was opened to the general public in February 2018.

The centrepiece of the park, positioned close to UNESCO heritage web site of Humayun’s Tomb, is the Sunder Burj, a Mughal-era tomb endowed with embellished art work on its inside dome and partitions. “We are delighted that Sunder Nursery is being celebrated and now recognised by UNESCO too,” stated an official of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which carried out the conservation work, on Saturday.

In the Award of Merit class, Amar Singh College, Srinagar and Malabari Hall Building, Seva Sadan Society, Mumbai, in addition to Pingyao Diesel Engine Factory inShanxi, China, have been chosen. In the class of New Design in Heritage Contexts, Protective Shelter on the Locality 1 Archaeological Site of Zhoukoudian Peking Man Cave World Heritage Site, Beijing, China, has bagged the award, the assertion, issued earlier this week, stated. A complete of seven tasks have been acknowledged by a global panel of jury members on this yr’s awards. The jury deliberation was carried out in November, carried out absolutely on-line for the primary time within the awards historical past. The jury reviewed 48 entries from 9 international locations from the Asia-Pacific area, it added.

The Jury applauded the Lai Chi Wo Rural Landscape undertaking for its “pioneering approach to reviving a once-abandoned rural cultural landscape”. The Sunder Nursery, winner of two awards from the 2020 cycle, was awarded the Special Recognition for Sustainable Development for its “transformative impact in turning a barren site into an urban oasis in the heart of New Delhi…it pays equal attention to ecological restoration, thus underscoring the message that heritage conservation is beyond monuments and is only truly sustainable when essential linkages between nature and culture are profoundly understood and nurtured.”

The undertaking’s highest stage of accomplishment within the awards’ conservation class was praised for its “complete renewal of the Sunder Nursery ensemble [that] units a brand new bar for heritage restoration and serves as a catalytic mannequin for public-private partnerships in India.

Since 2000, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme have been recognising the efforts of personal people and organisations which have efficiently restored, conserved and remodeled buildings and buildings of heritage worth within the area. By acknowledging non-public efforts to revive and adapt historic properties, the awards encourage different property house owners to undertake conservation tasks inside their communities, both independently or by searching for public-private partnerships, the assertion stated.

Awarded tasks mirror a transparent understanding and utility of varied standards, such because the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, acceptable use or adaption, and the undertaking’s engagement with the area people and its contribution to enhancing the sustainability of the encircling surroundings and past, it added.

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