UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for conservation
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Why in news?
- The restoration of an aristocratic house project from partial ruin state in Ladakh undertaken by LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation) Center has won 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage conservation in Award of Distinction category.
- LAMO is public charitable trust established to articulate an alternative vision for the arts and media in Ladakh.
- The restored structure is strategically located at the foot of Leh palace, contributes to continuity of historic townscape of 17th century.
- Its recovery establishes precedent for conserving non-monumental urban fabric of Leh Old Town.
- Under restoration project, LAMO had used salvaged and local building materials and indigenous construction techniques and skilfully introduced modern amenities to assure its ongoing use.
Other Category awardees:
Award of Excellence:
- It was awarded to restoration project of early 20th-century Shijo-choOfune-hoko Float Machiya in Japan.
- It celebrates Kyoto culture by safeguarding city’s endangered wooden townhouse typology as well as iconic annual Gion Festival.
Award of Distinction:
- LAMO Center, Ladakh, India.
Award of Merit:
- 5 Martin Place, Sydney (Australia); Aijing Zhuang, Fujian (China); Commercial Bank of Honjo Warehouse, Saitama (Japan).
- Hengdaohezi Town, Heilongjiang (China), Rajabai Clock Tower & University of Mumbai Library Building, Mumbai (India), RuttonseeMuljeeJetha Fountain, Mumbai (India).
New Design in Heritage Contexts:
- Kaomai Estate 1955, Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, (Australia).
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation:
- It was established in 2000.
- It recognizes efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.
- It aims to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking PPP (public-private partnerships).
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