Towards a sustainable re-construction method for seismic-prone heritage settlements of Gujarat, India based on advanced recording technologies

Devilat, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-2679-9629, Lanuza, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-6360-6865, Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924, Desai, J., Jigyasu, R. and Mane, M., 2021. Towards a sustainable re-construction method for seismic-prone heritage settlements of Gujarat, India based on advanced recording technologies. In: S. Hernández and G. Marseglia, eds., Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture XVII and Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures XIII. WIT transactions on the built environment (203). Rome: WIT Press, pp. 185-197. ISBN 9781784664299

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Post-earthquake reconstruction of housing in heritage settlements confronts challenges such as inadequate damage assessment and replacement, displaced population and loss of heritage significance. Recording the built fabric and ways of life within heritage settlements are key for conserving their historic value, which is increasingly possible with the evolution of digital technologies. This paper presents an ongoing research project developing a novel methodology for heritage conservation and post-disaster reconstruction using state-of-the-art 3D-laser-scanning (LiDAR) technologies to enable comprehensive damage assessment and design of solutions for repair, retrofitting, reuse and disaster risk mitigation, facilitating community empowerment, while virtually preserving the living heritage of vernacular settlements in Kutch, Gujarat. Through the development of a scalable method of reconstruction , the aim is to break the unsustainable cycle of buildings' replacement, dereliction and subsequent loss of heritage, advancing from previous research in Chile. Key aspects of vernacular architecture in Kutch are presented alongside the critical evaluation of previous experiences of post-earthquake reconstruction in the region, introducing the challenges from the LiDAR data capture done so far. The early findings show the potential of the record as fast and accurate documentation of complex living settings, incorporating the technical information required of each house within the contextual information of its surroundings-even when working remotely-where complementary social, archival and historical information can be placed and analysed.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Paper presented at STREMAH 2021. 17th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, Virtual, 26-28 May 2021.
Creators: Devilat, B., Lanuza, F., Abdelmonem, M.G., Desai, J., Jigyasu, R. and Mane, M.
Publisher: WIT Press
Place of Publication: Rome
Date: 28 May 2021
Number: 203
ISBN: 9781784664299
Rights: Open Access. All of the papers published are freely available, without charge, for users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, link to the full text, or use for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author as long as the author/copyright holder is attributed. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Creative Commons content: The CC BY 4.0 licence allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, and adapt the article as long as the author is attributed. The CC BY licence permits commercial and non-commercial reuse.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 02 Aug 2021 09:04
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 09:05

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