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The Architecture of I. M. KADRI

Kaiwan Mehta (Author)

The Architecture of I.M. Kadri traces the body of work of Iftikhar M. Kadri, founder, partner and principal architect of IMK Architects, who began his practice in Mumbai in the 1950s. As an architect who shaped his practice largely in the early decades after India’s independence, in the commercial capital of a young nation, he contributed greatly to the design of emerging typologies like the highrise apartment, the office tower and the hospitality industry in Mumbai and India, going on to build in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Malaysia, and so on.

Kadri’s career charts not only an important journey in India’s history, but he is also someone who contributed to the discourses on Modern and Traditional architecture in India, working within the forces of real estate and commerce, and with state, private and corporate clients. His works help us open the debates on what is the role of architecture, its ideas of beauty and strength, its existence within the world of politics and economics.

Although Kadri has been a stalwart in the field of architecture in his own right, not often has his deep involvement with architectural thought in India been recognised, or for that matter, recorded and analysed.

Contents: Foreword. 1. Five decades of change. 2. A convergence of architectural idioms. 3. Building life in a metropolis. 4. Designing the urban home. 5. The question of beauty. 6. Transitions in architecture. 7. The journey of life. 8. Portfolio of drawings. 9. Project chronology.

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About the author

Kaiwan Mehta

Kaiwan Mehta has studied Architecture, Literature, Indian Aesthetics and Cultural Studies. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. While being' involved in teaching, Writing and Research on Architecture and the city, he has been associated with many institutions like KKV Institute for Architecture, Mumbai, Jnanapravaha, Mumbai and Akademie Schloss Solitude', Stuttgart.

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Title The Architecture of I. M. KADRI
Author Kaiwan Mehta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789385285301
length 232p.,