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Blueprint: Architecture

 
Gautam Bhatia (Author)
Synopsis

How does one view the cumulative work of one’s life? For Gautam Bhatia, this publication is not merely a record of his personal or professional legacy, but rather a profound examination of his life in architecture.

According to Bhatia, architecture is, by its very nature, a practice of contradictions. It operates under influences from sociology, design, engineering, landscape, anthropology, urbanism and civic practice in order to impose its will on the nature of space. This volume brings together several of the author’s built works, from commercial and residential buildings to large public spaces, from places of leisure to places of worship. Together with detailed essays, drawings and photographs, Bhatia lays out his philosophy of design to illustrate how architecture became not just a conquest of the imagination but also of reality.

To physically will a building onto a site is an act of design, but to set it free onto a course of transformation is an act of architecture—into a realm beyond the present, where the space is not just made, but lives and dies. This volume demonstrates how Bhatia’s practice became not just a tool for solving problems but also a mode of personal expression, making this book an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of architecture alike.

Contents: Foreword. 1. Building introduction palace. 2. Commerce. 3. Retreat. 4. Church. 5. City house apartment. 6. Hotel. 7. Lake house. 8. Lodge subterranean house adobe. 9. Spa. 10. School. 11. Office. 12. Theatre. 13. Library. 14. Tower. 15. Hospice. 16. Institute. 17. Memorial mountain house the end. Project profile acknowledgements.

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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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Bibliographic information

Title Blueprint: Architecture
Author Gautam Bhatia
Format Softcover
Date published: 22.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789385360336
length 352p., 358 Black and White Plates; 150 Col Photographs.