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2008 Award of Merit

Vysial Street

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Jury Citation

The restoration of Vysial Street through the Asia Urbs programme sets a notable example for urban streetscape conservation in Pondicherry and other historic quarters in India and the region. The project has successfully elicited the cooperation of municipal government, conservation experts and, most importantly, local residents.  The restoration of historic building facades and the redesign of modern infill buildings has been undertaken as part of a comprehensive upgrade of urban environment and services. The project has revived the historic Franco-Tamil character of the street and urban quarter and has reinvigorated a sense of pride among the community.