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‘No masterplan or record of our heritage structures’

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A heritage building that was renovated
A heritage building that was renovated

I came across the ‘City of Palaces’ feature on Tripunithura. It is a treat effort on the part of the paper to promote the architectural heritage of the old town. We are a Swiss-Indian Fashion designer/architect couple who settled in Tripunithura 2 years ago. I grew up in Chandigarh and Delhi and after working for a few years in London opened my practice in my ancestral 'palace' in Tripunithura. Between the usual architectural projects, once in a while a relative of ours comes up with an ancestral property in need of renovation or extension.

In my opinion, the attempt at conservation/restoration fails on two levels. At a macro scale, there is no master plan or even an architectural record/almanac of heritage structures. On the smaller scale there is an acute lack of imagination when it comes to extending or renovating. Over these two years we have completed some projects that attempt at the adaptive reuse of heritage structures in the kottakkakam (inner fort) area.

I hope your feature results in government action.

--Krishnan Varma, MeisterVarma Architects, Fort Tripunithura

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I strongly believe that the culture and the heritage of Tripunithura has to be preserved as very rightly said there is a danger of losing them very soon. Once declared a heritage zone, there is a chance to preserve this.

--Shilendran, vice-president – sales, CGH Earth, Willingdon Island

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I strongly believe that Tripunithura should be declared as a Heritage City and it has to be protected and retained as it was earlier. We need to preserve whatever is left of its heritage buildings.

--Meena Menon

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