Journal of the Indian institute of architects (JIIA)

87 | Himani Lahoti, Dr. Vasudha Gokhale

Safeguarding Built Heritage with Adaptive Reuse: Case of Pune - Himani Lahoti, Dr. Vasudha Gokhale

 In the wake of urbanization, many buildings face demolition even before completing their service life. This phenomenon results in the loss of valuable architectural heritage in many historical cities worldwide, such as is also in Pune. Refurbishing underused or relinquished structures is a promising solution to revitalising the urban fabric. It also achieves environmental and socio-economic benefits. This research put forth the Adaptive Reuse (AR) phenomenon of urban old-built stock. The analysis presented to advance the conceptual and theoretical understanding of the AR phenomenon. Various advantages offered by AR and risk and constraints in the manifestation of this proposition are discussed. It presents the case of the adaptive reuse of a historic building from a residential to an office, located in Pune city. It includes the theoretical and practical background to support AR architecture precedent. The analysis demonstrated that using AR is a successful approach for conserving heritage structures, which provides several benefits, albeit not widely espoused in practice. Furthermore, the analysis indicated the necessity to reshape and retrofit existing built stock to contribute toward sustainable future development and preserve the intrinsic value of architectural heritage for posterity.


sustainability, heritage, residential, office, conservation, restoration, retrofitting, energy, repurpose.

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