Building for South Asia - An Architectural Autobiography

Building for South Asia - An Architectural Autobiography

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Author: Benjamin Polk
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 81
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170173000


Architect Polk believes that words about buildings are always secondary to the buildings themselves. In architectural presentation, buildings themselves are the central facts, and he sees that this is true in his own architectural autobiography.

Nevertheless, alongwith the many plates that some measure illustrate this work, Polk has included observations on diverse and unreconciled situations that help explain the special cases of the artistry of space, structure, and form in his designs. He never handed down abstract form, and he would say that the words of his book-or indeed any critique-do not alter the buildings. They are neither more nor less because of the written word.

All the buildings in this architectural autobiography are Polk’s personal designs and belong to his practice in South Asia, 1952-1964



List of Plates

Continuities: Can We Use the Old Traditions

Some Monumental Buildings

The Human Scale

Industrial Work


On Architecture and Planning