Indian Architecture

Book: 20th CENTURY INDIAN ARCHITECTURE, authored by Pankaj Chhabra, Reviewed by Sarbjit Bahga

Book: 20th CENTURY INDIAN ARCHITECTURE, authored by Pankaj Chhabra, Reviewed by Sarbjit Bahga

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

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Celebrating Colossus: 90 Years of a Life Well Lived

On B. V. Doshi’s 90th Birthday – Architecture is – if stripped down to the basics – the art and science of adoption and adaption: of aesthetics, of sensibilities, of methods, techniques and technologies – and even values – to create a stylistic vocabulary all one’s own. Architects learn and draw inspiration from everything – from art, from nature, from politics and religion – but most importantly, we learn from those who came before us.

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Unbuilt Architectural Project – Flexi-Scraper, at Mumbai – by Hexagramm Design and Angshuman Das

It all starts with the Japanese origami magic ball; folded from a paper into a grid of squares – with two cross-diagonals each – the generated ‘skin’ has a unique property – it is malleable. The same skin with exactly the same of unit squares generates a variety of forms: a cylinder, a spindle, a revolved hyperboloid, a sphere, and also a disc. This is made possible by the unique geometry of the ‘skin’.

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Pushkarna House - Anil Laul

Pushkarna Residence – Chandigarh, by Anil Laul, Client’s narrative

Vijaya Pushkarna, a journalist wanted a dream house, which would be sustainable and low cost. Her search ended with Anil Laul, one of the pioneers of indigenous architecture in India. ArchitectureLive! approached Vijaya Pushkarna to share her experiences of working with Anil Laul. Following is her narrative as a client, who along with the dream home also got a friend in Anil Laul.

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