This book looks at alternative ways of analyzing traditional and contemporary architectural design and building practices in South Asia with a special focus on India. It showcases how collaborative projects between architects and local communities and drawing from local building traditions can lead to sustainable and equitable practices in architecture.
The volume includes an analysis of projects in rural, tribal, and urban areas of India and Nepal and first-hand accounts of architects, teachers, and professionals engaged in the theory and practice of design and architecture. It examines the differences between the individualistic and the collective approach and explores the meaning of architecture as a process and as a product and as a decentralized, ecologically, and locally sensitive way of designing. While comparing traditional and modern methods of building, it also examines the impact of each method on the community, the economy and the surrounding environment.
This book will be of interest to researchers and students of architecture, urban studies, urban planning, urban ecology, urban geography, and sustainable development. It will also be useful for architects, planners, urban designers, and professionals associated with these disciplines.
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Anisha Shekhar Mukherji and Snehanshu Mukherjee
1. THE RELEVANCE OF THE BUILDING TRADITIONS OF INDIA
Anisha Shekhar Mukherji
2. ARCHITECTURE OF THE PEOPLE
Peu and Prabir K Das
3. CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY
Anu and Krishna
4. Democratising Development through Earth Architecture
Arshima Champa Dost and Mainak Das
5. Activism through Architecture
6. FRUGALITY: AN INDIAN WAY TO BUILD
Golak Khandual in conversation with Snehanshu Mukherjee and Anisha Shekhar Mukherji
7. ARCHITECTURE FOR WATER: A REPOSITORY OF KNOWLEDGE
8. Traditions of the Kathmandu Valley
9. Architecture of Control: The Legacy of Modernism