City heritage Centre is a community-based resource Centre in the Historic City Centre of Ahmedabad that helps the Community in preserving, sustaining and promoting their Architectural and Cultural Heritage. ‘A Single Window Solution’ for restoration expertise, assistance in legal and financial resources as well as to draw up economic sustainability plans for their revitalized Heritage.
City Heritage Center’s other initiatives are awareness creation; provide education and training for capacity building.
City Heritage Centre is a NGO promoted by a group of entrepreneur. The Heritage Resource Centre is a 250 years old traditional wooden ‘haveli’. The origin of this magnificent Heritage building "Diwanji ni haveli" traces back to Ahmedabad's Mughal Era. The architecture, intricate wooden carving, lime stucco and stonework epitomize the splendor of our Culture and Traditions.
In 2006 engineering professionals having success in real estate enterprise with passion for creativity were led to the ‘Heritage walk of Ahmedabad’. The Heritage walk ended with spontaneous acquisition of the Beautiful ‘Diwanji Ni Haveli’. This structure then in dilapidated state was declared unsafe and fit to be pulled down by the local authority.
The evolution of City Heritage Centre to one of its kind ‘Institute’ is intensely woven in the restoration of this wooden Haveli amidst scarce resources coupled with complex grass root situations. The witness to the several problems our heritage inner cities are facing, the most concerning to all ‘Loosing Our Heritage ’.
The Challenge: Preserving our Heritage with Modern development
Few policies for Heritage led regeneration are a sure transition to "A Country with Rich Heritage" to " A Country with little Heritage". Loss of built Heritage slowly leads to Loss of all other cultural Heritage.
Implementing the Economic Model: City Heritage Centre's 'Heritage Value Chain'
The solution ‘City Heritage Centre’ seeks is to implement An ‘Economic Model’ in local context, to endure the initial trials and refine till success. Progressively work across the entire ecosystem to sustain the heritage led regeneration with focus on the ultimate goal ‘Scale’