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Courtyard Houses of India

Yatin Pandya (Author) Vastu- Shilpa (Author)

Indian Architecture is not an object in space; it integrates space within the object, where the built and the unbuilt become counterpoint to vitalize each other. The alchemy of the two sustains the space and the life within. The void within the built—the courtyard—lies at the genesis of the urban dwelling form in India across geography and time.

In ancient Indian sciences, the courtyard assumes the central position as Brahmasthana, the nucleus of the living environment. It provided for an open-to-sky outdoor space while being away from the public eye and thus suited an introverted lifestyle. In this book, the author traces the metaphysical, mythical, socio-cultural, environmental and spatial roles of the courtyard in the domestic architecture of India—from early civilization and Vedic times to Islamic and colonial influences.

This volume documents traditional as well as vernacular courtyard dwelling types across India within diverse climatic, cultural as well as geographic zones such as western (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra), southern (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa), eastern (Bihar, West Bengal), central (Madhya Pradesh) and northern (Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir). It then discerns the spatial elements constituting the court, and the arts, the crafts as well as the elements integral to the court.

Illustrated with splendid photographs and representative drawings, the book attempts to understand the presence and resolution, continued use and adaptation as well as the diverse interpretations and abstractions of the courtyard.

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About the author

Yatin Pandya

Yatin Pandya, a practicing architect, scholar and academician, has been actively involved in architectural research as associate director of the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design, in Ahmedabad. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT). Pandya obtained his M. Arch from McGill University, Canada, and is the recipient of several national and international awards for architectural pursuits. He has authored various publications and articles for architectural journals on design theory, habitat design, urban design and urban planning.

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Bibliographic information

Title Courtyard Houses of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789385360091
length 436p., 676 Colour Photographs; 479 Colour Drawings; 21 Maps.