Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra

This volume presents the research and speculations produced by scholars, Loeb Fellows and graduate students at Harvard Graduate School of Design by looking at possibilities for the city of Agra in India and the agency of design between Architecture, Critical Conservation, Urban Planning & Design, and Landscape Architecture in heritage conservation, economic development, and the planning of medium-sized South Asian cities.


  • 09 Preface / Bonnie Burnham, World Monuments Fund
  • 13 Looking at Agra Essay / Rahul Mehrotra, Vineet Diwadkar, and José Mayoral Moratilla
  • 27 Photo Essay: Sites & Gardens in Agra / Dinesh Mehta with Dipti Mehta
  • MAPPING AGRA / 69 Research
  • 123 Photo Essay: Agra as a City / Dinesh Mehta with Dipti Mehta

163 Impressions Essay / Rahul Mehrotra, Vineet Diwadkar, and José Mayoral Moratilla

  • 167 Agra at the Crossroads / Mark Mulligan and Sally Young
  • 171 Conservation of Urban Indian Villages / Andrew Howard
  • 175 Of Sun and Shade / Maria Jaakkola
  • 179 Urban Design for Agra’s People / Thaddeus Pawlowski
  • 183 Reflections on Agra / Kolu Zigbi
  • 187 Photo Essay: Agra along the River / Dinesh Mehta with Dipti Mehta


  • 231 Yamuna Planning & Conservation Authority / David Henning and Jacob Koch
  • 261 Rethinking the Taj Heritage Corridor: A River as Historic Connection / Peichen Hao
  • 281 Groundwater Recharge: A New Relationship with Water for Agra / Jacob Koch
  • 289 Re-Envisioning Itamad ud Daulah / Marcus Goodwin
  • 295 Convergence of the Yamuna / Han Yang
  • 307 Symbiotic Conservation: How Monuments Can Negotiate Extreme Urban Conditions / Seunghoon Hyun
  • 323 Prospect for an Expanded Perception Near the Taj Mahal / David Henning
  • 331 Urban Palm: Reclaiming Agra’s Nalas as Civic Infrastructure / Zhuo Cheng
  • 341 Finding a Lesser-Known Agra: Internet Content Analysis / Yunjie Li
  • 347 Industrial Reclamation Program / Elad Horn
  • 355 Permeation: Tourism Network and Hybrid Hubs / Mengchen Xia
  • 365 Five Days in Agra: A Network of Interpretation and Community Centers / Shiyao Liu
  • 373 Accessing Historic Zones: A Landscape of Facilities for the Taj Mahal / Xinjun Gu
  • 383 Lost and Found: Towards a Living Heritage of Agra’s Mughal Riverfront Gardens / Jane Philbrick and Maria Letizia Garzoli
  • 391 Micro Interventions: MediatingGrowth Along the Edge Behind Mehtab Bagh / Bin Zhu
  • 401 Negotiating Historic and Contemporary Edges / Ruoyun Xu
  • 419 Registering the Cultural Field: Operations of Magic Realism and Conservative Surgery / Nishiel Patel


  • 439 Planning for Conservation Essay / Rahul Mehrotra, Vineet Diwadkar, and José Mayoral Moratilla

  • Title

    Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra
  • Author

    Rahul Mehrotra, Vineet Diwadkar and José Mayoral (Editors)
  • Publisher

    World Monuments Fund
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Cite: "Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra" 04 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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