Publication of ´Life of an Afghan Hammam´

Life of an Afghan Hammam: Ignited, Extinguished, Rekindled was launched on 3 May 2013 as part of the event 'Cultural Emergency Response NOW!'. The Prince Claus Fund supported the publication of Life of an Afghan Hammam, which describes the restoration of the historic Khisht-i-Kopruk hammam. This book involved collaboration between the AFIR team of architects and planners in Kholm and the arch i Platform for Design and Research in New Delhi. The hammam’s repair was carried out by AFIR in 2010 and has proved to be an extremely successful example of cultural emergency intervention. Through this book, both the Prince Claus Fund and its local partner wish to share this best practice experience with other institutions and organisations working in the field. 

In May 2010, heavy rains and extreme flooding resulted in the collapse of the roof of the Khisht-i-Kopruk hammam, while its interior was filled with six feet of wet mud. The Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme  provided support so that AFIR was able to undertake the measures that were needed for safeguarding the hammam.

Tanvi Maheshwari’s Life of an Afghan Hammam traces the Khisht-i-Kopruk hammam's history and the way in which it was used by the local community until the disaster of 2010. The book also describes the hammam’s restoration, which brought together architects, local inhabitants, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund. It also provides an impression of contemporary Afghan society through conversations with the hammam’s visitors, masons, architects and observers.

Life of an Afghan Hammam is not only a linear account of the restoration process but also a mosaic of ethnographic observations, reflections on the architectural and social value of heritage, and an acknowledgment of the advantages of participatory processes and the importance of cultural emergency intervention. The editors feel that the book is a clear example of culture as a basic human need, which in turn reflects the Prince Claus Fund’s scope and mission. This point of view is also emphasised in the book’s introduction, written by Christa Meindersma, the director of the Prince Claus Fund. 

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"It was a small triumph but a triumph nevertheless of the local people of the area who took control of the situation and decided to save [the hammam]. The entire village wrote a letter to the authorities asking them to intervene. I realised it was much more than just a bathhouse for the community..." -Tanvi Maheswari, author of Life of an Afghan Hammam as quoted in The Hindu's Friday Review

Publication of ´Life of an Afghan Hammam´

"a triumph of the local people who took control of the situation"

Tanvi Maheswari, author of Life of an Afghan Hammam

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A digital version of the publication Life of an Afghan Hammam: Ignited, Extinguished, Rekindled by Tanvi Maheshwari

Friday

03

May

Cultural Emergency NOW!

location:Gulmohur Hall, India Habitat Centre
address:Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
time:from 19:00 till 21:00

CER provides rapid and effective emergency relief for cultural heritage damaged or destroyed by man-made or natural disasters. Launched in 2003 in reaction to the looting and demolition of artworks from the National Museum of Iraq, CER believes that rescuing cultural heritage provides hope and consolation to affected communities and thereby contributes to restoring human dignity, continuity and a sense of identity. Culture is a basic need and cultural emergency relief should therefore be an integral part of humanitarian aid.

Publication of ´Life of an Afghan Hammam´

Life of an Afghan Hammam: Ignited, Extinguished, Rekindled was launched on 3 May 2013 as part of the event 'Cultural Emergency Response NOW!'. The Prince Claus Fund supported the publication of Life of an Afghan Hammam, which describes the restoration of the historic Khisht-i-Kopruk hammam. This book involved collaboration between the AFIR team of architects and planners in Kholm and the...

 
 
 
 

Publication of ´Life of an Afghan Hammam´

Life of an Afghan Hammam: Ignited, Extinguished, Rekindled was launched on 3 May 2013 as part of the event 'Cultural Emergency Response NOW!'. The Prince Claus Fund supported the publication of Life of an Afghan Hammam, which describes the restoration of the historic Khisht-i-Kopruk hammam. This book involved collaboration between the AFIR team of architects and planners in Kholm and the...