The topic of Presentation: Sociality of Architectural Design and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Buildings
A guest lecture was held in Hall 1 of Khwopa Engineering College, organised by the Department of Architecture. The presentation was delivered by Japanese architect Dr. Toshimichi Okumura (JICA expert and cultural heritage advisor at the department of Archaeology). Apart from holding a doctoral degree in architecture, Dr. Okumura also specializes in the preservation and restoration of Japanese paintings which he displayed at the beginning of his presentation gradually connecting us with Architecture. His presentation highlighted protecting every minute detail of cultural heritage as it adds character and distinctiveness to the place, and community, and hence provides a sense of security. Most of his projects depicted detailed study and analysis of cultural heritages in every aspect whether it be social, cultural, religious, technical, or political. As culture and heritage shape our human society, his projects principally focused on maintaining the authentic character of the area by utilizing traditional materials and techniques to the fullest in order to restore the socio-cultural values. Overall, the presentation proved to be an effective one in providing extensive knowledge on understanding the essence of cultural heritage buildings that carry a diversity of values with them.