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Architecture in India

This is a selection of resources on architecture in India available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.

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Landscapes of accumulation: Real estate and the neoliberal imagination in contemporary India

With India’s booming developments, the urban transformation of the country has also brought about gleaming business complexes, giant condominium communities and spacious air-conditioned malls alongside open-air markets. This title documents the new private sector partnerships and practices that are transforming India’s built environment and presents how India’s land is rapidly transforming from a site of agricultural and industrial production to an international finance resource.

All rights reserved, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

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House, but no garden: Apartment living in Bombay’s Suburbs, 1898 – 1964

The author examines the challenge of converting lands from agrarian to urban use through the organisation of the middle-class neighbourhood which had become ubiquitous in the mid-20th century of Bombay’s city fabric.  Apartment living is self-contained and represents a novel form of urban life. The author helps us to understand how built environments and urban identities constitute one another.

Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central. myLibrary ID login is required to access this ebook.

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India: Modern architectures in history

Drawing on a broad range of sources such as private papers and photographic collections to the extensive records of the Indian Public Works Department, this book shows how Indian architectural modernity which began in the early 20th century reflects and embodies the dramatic shifts of Indian society and culture.

All rights reserved, London, UK: Reaktion Books, 2015.

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Living heritage of Mewar: Architecture of the city palace, Udaipur

This volume traces the cultural lineage of the palace through its art and architecture. It also explores how added Mughal and British influences were added to a conservation model that preserves this magnificent structure for future generations.

All rights reserved, Udaipur, India: Mapin Publishing, 2017.

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The vanishing stepwells of India

Stepwells – ancient water stores – which are found below ground are unique to India. Built from around the third century throughout the country particularly in the arid western regions, these stepwells also serve a place where villagers could socialise and for travellers to take refuge from the heat. Journalist Victoria Lautman first encountered stepwells three decades ago and is now devoted to document these fascinating but largely unknown edifices before they disappear.

All rights reserved, London; New York: Merrell Publishers Ltd, 2017.

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Monuments, power and poverty in India: From Ashoka to the Raj

A comprehensive and well-researched overview, this title is complemented by an extensive collection of illustrations displaying the imperial architecture of the Indian subcontinent whose architectural history provides important insights into the diversity of its rulers.

All rights reserved, London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, 2015.

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Architecture in India: Since 1990

Featuring the work of more than 60 contemporary architects, and lavishly illustrated with over 500 stunning photographs, this book will interest a vast readership of academics, architects and students, as well as exponents of multiple design disciplines and the general reader with an interest in contemporary India.

All rights reserved, Mubai: Hatje Cantz, c 2011.

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