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Those wondering why the design of contemporary Indian cities is such an arduous and joyless affair will find Ranjit Sabikhi’s book of immense interest. Many may even find themselves jolted to action within their spheres of influence despite the book’s unflappable tone. Most importantly, this book is an invitation to liberate oneself from the valorised image of western or imperial city planning towards a more nuanced, indigenous, and flexible approach to our cities. – Sudipto Ghosh
Ranjit Sabikhi, the author of the book, A Sense of Space, The Crisis of Urban Design in India, belongs to that generation of architects and urban designers who have witnessed the transformation of the Indian city from the years immediately after Independence to the mega-metropolis that we now inhabit. In New Delhi, his city of residence for the last six decades, Sabikhi has, through both the written word and the built work, drawn from and commented on, the complexity of India’s historical and contemporary urban agglomerations.
The goal of this book has been to present an intellectual overview of the various sub-plots within the architecture of India during that period. It is a concise view of a complex architectural history. The book focuses not on architects but lines of architectural thought. It evaluates the role of the architecture of foreign masters of modern architecture in India in shaping the post-independence Indian architecture. It is an effort to understand the reasons of origin of modern architecture, factors responsible for its development and its architectural vocabulary both in the world and in India at the turn of the 20th century
A new book titled, “DR SS BHATTI: Biographical Conversations” has been launched recently. It has been authored by Sarbjit Bahga, a Chandigarh-based architect, and published by White Falcon Publishing, Chandigarh. Foreword to the book has been written by Islamabad-based architect Jahangir SM Khan, Immediate Past President of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia).
The implication of being ‘Indian’ and an exploration of what is meant by ‘Design’, are both fundamental to the context in which we work and learn, and therefore to our growth as individuals and as designers. The four related essays in this book, using the sari as a metaphor, discuss Indian design, in the context of the larger meanings of ‘design’ and ‘Indian’. Through an understanding of national, regional and individual identity, the ideas in these essays hope to generate a dialogue that can conceivably benefit the practice and patronage of design. – Book by Anisha Shekhar Mukherji
The books remind us on every page how a city is only as large as the sum of its inhabitants, the people making the place before the place makes the people.
Calling them the “missionaries of Indian architecture”, Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta– in her first book as an author, Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary
The book demonstrates how C28 C, the building that houses studio Archohm and has gone on to produce more architecture, was conceived with a first
Author: Ramin Jahanbegloo Publisher: Oxford University Press (17 December 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0198065205 ISBN-13: 978-0198065203 Find the book on Amazon here As Mies van
Conceptualised by People Place Project and co-authored by 17 writers from varied professions; architecture, journalism, academicians, students, and more, People Called Ahmedabad is the city’s collective narrative through stories of the people who call it home.