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Stories of Storeys: Art, Architecture and The City

Gautam Bhatia (Author)

Behind the seemingly ordinary life of a practising architect lies a whole host of non-professional impulses that give shape to buildings. Stories of Storeys: Art, Architecture and the City is about these impulses and conditions—social, literate, personal and political—which are expressed, but often ignored in architecture. Bhatia looks at the ordinary, physical, visible and tactile involvement of our urban environment and the way it affects, communicates with, or influences us. An all-inclusive sociology of architecture, the book draws on the social life of some of architecture’s role players, people whose peculiar demands on design have come to characterize the building environment of our times, and times that are characterized by this progressive isolation of architecture from the society of common people.

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Reading the City. 3. City in Decline. 4. Public Architecture. 5. Architecture Definitions. 6. The Architect. 7. Architecture in the City. 8. Practice. 9. Architecture and the Bureaucrat. 10. Architecture as Style. 11. Architect as Builder. 12. The Home Owner. 13. Architecture Consumer. 14. Architecture in Urbanism. 15. Urban Art. 16. City Cosmopolitan. 17. City Space. 18. Architecture as Luxury. 19. Architecture as Commerce. 20. City History. 21. Architecture as Landscape. 22. Art as Politics. 23. Greening Architecture. 24. Architecture as Photoshop. 25. Architecture as Idea. 26. Art as Idea. 27. A Future Imagined.

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About the author

Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia graduated in Fine Arts and earned a Master's in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. A Delhi-based practising architect, he has received several awards for his buildings and written extensively on the subject. Besides Laurie Baker: Life, Work and Writings, he has written Punjabi Baroque, Silent Spaces and Malaria Dreams-a trilogy that focuses on the cultural and social aspects of architecture, The Punchtantra-a rewriting of the original Panchatantra into contemporary folk-tales and Comic Century, An Unreliable History of the 20th Century. Two recent shows of drawings entitled Looking Through Walls and The Good Life examined disparities between the professed goals of architecture and the public perception of building. Gautam Bhatia is currently working on Below the Horizon-A City Neighbourhood Underground, a sponsored project.

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Title Stories of Storeys: Art, Architecture and The City
Author Gautam Bhatia
Format Softcover
Date published: 24.09.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353280802
length 392p.