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Bhuj
Art, Architecture, History

by Azhar Tyabji

Combines ethnography, the relationship between craft and city-building, and a thought-provoking critique.
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Category: Architecture, Crafts, Environment, Heritage
Tags: Bhuj, earthquake, city-building, conservation
 
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191 x 254 mm | 7.5 x 10 in
Flexicover | 304 pages
146 colour photographs
129 black & white photographs
15 maps
ISBN:
978-81-88204-53-3 (Mapin)
978-1-890206-80-2 (Grantha)?
 
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When a horrifying earthquake in 2001 reduced large parts of the 16th-century city of Bhuj in western Gujarat, to rubble, there was little hope of reconstruction. This book, written five years after that fateful morning, narrates the city’s story of urban development over 450 tumultuous years, revisiting the work of potentates and commoners as they went about shaping its charming, if idiosyncratic outline.

Illustrated with pictures and stories obtained from residents, museums, and local organisations in Bhuj, the book combines ethnography, a comment on the relationship between craft and city-building, and a thought-provoking critique of present-day development trends. Rare photographs from the 19th and early-20th century complement the book’s narrative. The book explores the role that the arts have played in city-building, and the prospects ahead to marshall them as instruments of future development. It is a book for citizens and visitors wanting an
uncoventional introduction to Bhuj, and a portofolio of evidence for city planners, policy-makers and investors in the city.

About the Author

Azhar Tyabji is an art historian, urban planner and social anthrolopologist who has worked on heritage conservation and urban development projects in India and abroad. He is currently Assistant Professor at Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai.

Additional Information

Published in association with Environmental Planning Collaborative. With contributions to the text from Haresh Dholakia, Umiyashankar Ajani, Naresh Antani, Rahamtulla Jamadar, Pramod Jethi and Prabodh Mankad.

 
 

Praise

“By breathing life into a colourful, broken city, almost a work of loving restoration, Tyabji makes his case convincingly for the virtues of ethnography.”

 —Indian Express
 
“This book is a much-needed text in the world of architecture, especially in India”
Marg
 

 

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