Waking up dead buildings – The Neemrana examples in India

A public guest lecture on 21st June 2018 by Aman Nath, Chairman of Neemrana ‘non-hotel’ Hotels, organised by the Chair of Architectural Conservation in collaboration with the DFG Research Training Group 1913 “Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings”


India is a continuously alive civilization. It can still build its great temples and tombs exactly as they were built a thousand years ago. So, while restoring its lesser-known or unlisted buildings one can bene­fit from that past as well as all the advances in restoration and building. That’s what Neemrana has being doing: dovetailing the lime and mortar stone construction with torr steel strengthening the new additions with reinforced concrete, and glass in the inner parts so that the medieval facades are not affected. The talk is about India and what Neemrana is doing there.

Aman Nath is a historian by training and an entrepreneur by nature, who is involved in the restoration of India’s unlisted architectural ruins. They are now run as the 24 Neemrana ‘non-hotel’ Hotels, which have won awards from UNESCO, the Indian travel trade industry and other prestigious national institutions.

Aman Nath has also co-written/authored fourteen illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won National Awards. These are also used as the official gifts of the President and the Prime Minister of India. His book ‘Jaipur’ was the first Indian book chosen to be marketed internationally by Christie’s. He has just completed ‘Changing Skylines’ – the corporate and family history of the Shapoorji Pallonji group, one of India’s largest building conglomerates.

For further details, please refer to the poster for the event and a brief biography of Aman Nath.

The lecture will be held on 21st June 2018 from 6:00 pm onwards in Auditorium A, Main Auditorium Building, Central Campus, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

All students, faculty members and interested members of the public are warmly invited to attend. The lecture will be held in English, and the entry is free.

Smriti Pant
Architectural Conservation
T   +49 (0) 355 69-4559
E   Smriti.Pant(at)b-tu.de

Auditorium A
Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG)

Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 3
03046 Cottbus