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Negotiating Cultures: Delhi’s Architecture and Planning from 1912 to 1962

Pilar Maria Guerrieri (Author)

Focusing on one of the largest megacities in the world—Delhi—this volume is a rare peek into the ineluctable process of hybridization between Indian and ‘other’ cultures within its local architecture and urban planning. The book explores a segment of the history of Delhi from 1912 through 1962, when the contemporary megacity was born, making a comparison between pre- and post-Independence, which is relatively neglected in academia. The author traces architectural and urban elements of the city of Delhi to understand how foreign developmental models were indigenized, the resistance encountered in the process, and finally their adaptation to local architectural contexts.

Highlighting the complexities of ‘multiple Delhis’ with different or simultaneous cultural influences as well as with the various ways those influences have been interpreted or contextualized, the author offers a fresh insight into what is happening in Delhi’s globalized built environment nowadays. The book aims to unearth the social relations emerging from the constant flux in style of architecture and its related elements in an urbanized area.

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About the author

Pilar Maria Guerrieri

Pilar Maria Guerrieri Holds a PhD in Architectural Design, Architectural Composition, Criticism and Theory from Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Delhi, and Westminster University, London. She has conducted extensive research on European and Indian cultures, the development of megacities, and the effects of cultural exchanges, with primary focus on Delhi, pre- and post-Independence, and is currently developing a research project on European legacies in Delhi from 1991 until present day. Pilar is currently Associate Professor of History of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano branch of a renowned Indian university and is also the Commissioning Editor, India, for the International art publishing house Skira. She has published in numerous international journals and participated in various national and international conferences. This is her first book.

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Title Negotiating Cultures: Delhi’s Architecture and Planning from 1912 to 1962
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.01.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199479580
length 320p.