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Iran among UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards Winners

Friday, September 2, 2016

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme recognizes the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

By recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic properties the awards aim to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

This year, a total of 13 winning projects from six countries – Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan and Pakistan – have been recognized in this year’s Heritage Awards. A panel of international conservation experts met in Bangkok to review the 40 Heritage Awards entries, including 34 in the Conservation category and six for New Design.

Darugheh House in Mashad, Iran received an Honorable Mention. The conservation of Darugheh House has reinstated a significant component of the historic townscape of Mashad.

Based on in-depth historical research, verified through archaeological excavation, the project preserved the original building’s scale and footprint with a focus on the retention of original materials and reuse of materials from demolished adjacent buildings. Local artisans specializing in traditional architectural decoration carried out the work, and new features were carefully identified in keeping with established conservation practice.

Amidst the rapid pace of development now transforming Mashad, the restored Darugheh House provides validation for the continuing relevance of traditional spaces in contemporary urban life.

The winners were selected on the basis of the extent to which the projects reflected a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.

The jury said about the Darugheh House: “The conservation of Darugheh House has reinstated a significant component of the historic townscape of Mashad. Based on in-depth historical research, verified through archaeological excavation, the project preserved the original building’s scale and footprint with a focus on the retention of original materials and reuse of materials from demolished adjacent buildings. Local artisans specializing in traditional architectural decoration carried out the work, and new features were carefully identified in keeping with established conservation practice. Amidst the rapid pace of development now transforming Mashad, the restored Darugheh House provides validation for the continuing relevance of traditional spaces in contemporary urban life.”

Further information about the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation and this year’s winning entries can be found here.

This post was originally published by UN Iran. Click here to read.

Source: United Nations Association of Iran
http://www.unairan.org/

Links for Further Reading:

*Two Iranian Cities Join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

*Shahrekord Crafts Enjoying 7 UNESCO Seals of Excellence

*Boroujerdi Historical House: UNESCO Top Choice in 2015

*UNESCO 70th Anniversary: Iran in UNESCO

*Photo Credit: UN.Org.ir, Tasnim, ISNA, Mashhad Photo Agency, Eghtesad Online

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