Author: Satish Grover
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123713460
This book describes the architectural and planning scene in India from the time of Independence in 1947 to date.
Beginning with the resurgence of architecture and planning initiated by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharal Nehru, many momentous events have taken place since India attained independence in 1947. He personally guided the building of the city of Chandigarh, which proved to be the real catalyst for an Indian renaissance in architecture.
For a period of over three decades Indian architects coped with the dichotomy of a universal and a local language of architecture. This book traces the contribution of various actors: the traditionalists, the elevationists, the die-hard modernists, and others. The story of contemporary Indian planning and architecture is as complex as the history of India.
Therefore, it is presented in a format comprehensible to both the layman and the professional. The odd-numbered pages represent continuous reading for the general reader, and even-numbered pages represent statistical and graphic information for the professional.
CONTENTS: Prologue * Architecture of Freedom * Planning for the Future * Capital Role of Delhi * At Crossroads * Building Beyond Borders * Glossary * References * Select Bibliography + Index