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).

Honourable Mention:

  • 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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