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A Moment in Architecture

Gautam Bhatia (Author)

For the uninitiated, looking at Indian architecture is like viewing a forest.  Obscured by the profusion, at first the eye sees only dense vegetation, in a state of confusion, conflict and chaos.  Only when the focus narrows to a single tree, a shrub, a blade of grass, does the forest’s variety become discernible and an order emerge.  Behind the unseemly mess of an Indian city, behind Mughal portals and inside stepwells, in old mountain houses and dark temple interiors, lies another picture of Indian architecture.  The author of this book, an architect himself, takes the reader on a personal journey through its labyrinths, providing insights into structures that dot our lives.  He casts his gaze - sometimes lovingly, sometimes despairingly - on buildings as diverse as the stone citadel of Jaisalmer, Rashtrapati Byhavan and the facades of Greater Kailash, on a stepwell at Adalaj, a Corbusier church, a Frank Lloyd Wright house.  In so doing, he lays bare ideas and facts about these buildings, while reflecting on the sensory and meditative qualities of experiencing each of them.  Written from the vantagepoint of a practicing professional, the book is an intimate autobiography of architecture.

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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 A Moment in Architecture
Author Gautam Bhatia
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Tulika Books
Language: English
isbn 8185229597
length viii+167p., Plates; Figures; 18cm.