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The Loneliness of a Long Distant Future: Dilemmas of Contemporary Architecture

Romi Khosla (Author)
Synopsis The Loneliness of a Long Distant Future is about the passing of global events and conflicts in some geographical spaces seen through the window of contemporary architecture. It is about the obliteration of existing contexts (in Kosovo, Jerusalem, Samarkand, Tibet) and the formation of new architectural identities in the twenty-first century. Romi Khosla takes the reader into regions that have witnessed catastrophic changes. He recalls the initial concerns of modern architecture, of bringing about social transformation through design. He has witnessed the growing disorder in these regions and argues for the need to engage architecture as a solution. In the essays that compose this book, Romi Khosla re-defines the broader social concerns of architecture. He argues for a reconsideration of architectural ideals, even while accepting the need for ethic-free haute couture designer buildings. This is required because of the newly-emergent polarities that are becoming apparent: issues such as order and disorder, state and non-state government, globalization and regional resistances to it. He concludes with two ambitious solutions, conceived as metaphors of architecture in regions where dirty military solutions have been imposed on communities.
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About the author

Romi Khosla

Romi Khosla is an architect whose design studio is in Delhi. He graduated in Economics from Cambridge University, worked with Price Waterhouse in London and then graduated at the Architectural Association, London. His professional work has always encompassed concerns about economic development and architecture. During the last six years, he has spent considerable time in the Balkans, Palestine, Israel, Tibet, Central Asia and China as a Principal International Consultant to the UNDP, UNESCO and UNOPS. Romi Khosla’s writings have been extensively published in India and abroad; they include Buddhist Monasteries in the Western Himalayas (Ratna Pustak, Kathmandu, 1979) and Future Schools in Palestine (UNESCO, 2000).

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Title The Loneliness of a Long Distant Future: Dilemmas of Contemporary Architecture
Author Romi Khosla
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185229554
length 252p., b/w Plates; Maps; Index; 23 cm