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Conservation planning of built heritages of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ferdous Farhana Huq (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Rabeya Akter (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Roxana Hafiz (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Abdullah Al Mamun (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Mashrekur Rahman (Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 12 September 2017

Issue publication date: 18 September 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

Built heritage is a unique resource, an irreplaceable expression of the richness and diversity of our past and of the generations who have gone before us. Old Dhaka has an outstanding built heritage that is of significance not only in the local, but also in a national and regional context. But senseless urbanization and ignorance of such an important issue in the existing detailed area plan is destroying the built heritages of Dhaka. As a result, many heritage buildings of Dhaka have been destroyed and the destruction is going on unabated. Therefore, there is a need to re-examine how such destruction can be prevented. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

This research aims at the identification of heritages, their assessment and classification which is utterly significant for preserving the invaluable heritages. Heritages are classified according to their present condition which will show which type of heritage needs which type of attention.

Findings

The research indicates the way how a conservation planning for heritages can be done in a systematic and logical way. It reveals the present condition of the heritage buildings which will point out the way of preservation. There is no such document available which will tell general people about the most important or rare or significant heritages, the location of these heritages, or their background information. This research addresses these all issues.

Originality/value

To date, no conservation plans were implemented for Dhaka and there are no attempts to improve Old Dhaka through an urban design. The methodological approach in this research is new and effective for conserving heritages.

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Acknowledgements

The authors express profound gratitude to Dr Roxana Hafiz, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology for her valuable guidance, encouragement and support at different stages of the research work. The authors are grateful to Tanjeeb Ahmed, Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Dr Mehedi Ahmed Ansary, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering for their insightful comments and supports.

Citation

Huq, F.F., Akter, R., Hafiz, R., Mamun, A.A. and Rahman, M. (2017), "Conservation planning of built heritages of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 244-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-08-2014-0030

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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