KRVIA Encounters

Sneha Kishnadwala

A research project was conducted as a part of a scholarship program by Indian National Trust of Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Heritage Academy in 2020 – 2021 to prepare a Climate Risk Assessment for World Heritage Site, Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai. An evaluation of climate change risks of this site was done for three different time slices, i.e. 2030, 2050 and 2070. It has assessed values of economic, social, and cultural (ESC) dependency for this WHS of Mumbai.
With this background research, adaptation and mitigation strategies which need to be planned. Few of these strategies include ‘building with nature’ instead of combating climate change and its impacts. Also, the WHS also being a part of the commercial capital of the country it has become more to safeguard the values of economic importance too along with the possible vulnerability to the Outstanding Universal Values of the ensembles of Mumbai.
This presentation will explore the possible adaptation methods for climate change as risk drivers for the World Heritage Site: Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai.

Sneha holds a B. Arch from University of Mumbai and M.Sc. in Architectural Design for Conservation of Built Heritage from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Currently, she is working with INTACH Heritage Academy in New Delhi and coordinating the PG Diploma in Heritage studies since 2018.Along with this she is also a visiting faculty at KRVIA at their Masters in Urban Conservation programme in Mumbai, India, since 2017.

She has worked on Izzat Khan’s mosque at her native town, Bharuch. She received the INTACH Research Scholarship (2020 – 21) to conduct a research on Climate Risk Assessment for the WHS: Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai. She is also the winner of the Young Professionals Forum 2021 for her work on Making Future for the Past: Conversation of History of Conservation, an Indian