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Courtyard Houses of India

by Yatin Pandya and Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design

This book documents traditional courtyard dwelling types across India.
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Category: Architecture, Design
Tags: Architecture, Design, Reference
 

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254 x 254 mm | 10 x 10 in
Hardcover | 452 pages
676 colour photographs
479 colour drawings
21 map
ISBN:
978-93-85360-09-1 (Mapin)

 
PRICE:
Rs.3,950.00  | $70.00  | £55.00
 
 
 
          
   
 
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Table of contents

Foreword

Preface

An Introduction To Courtyards

Traditional Courtyard Houses of India
     Western India
     Eastern India
     Central India
     Southern India
     Northern India

Overview

Interpretation Of Domestic Courtyards In Contemporary Indian Architecture
     Introduction

Glossary

Bibliography

Image Credits

Acknowledgements

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Description

Indian architecture is not an object in space; it integrates space within the object, where the built and the unbuilt become counterpoint to vitalize each other. The alchemy of the two sustains the space and the life within. The void within the built—the courtyard—lies at the genesis of the urban dwelling form in India across geography and time.

In ancient Indian sciences, the courtyard assumes the central position as Brahmasthana, the nucleus of the living environment. It provided for an open-to-sky outdoor space while being away from the public eye and thus suited an introverted lifestyle. In this book, the author traces the metaphysical, mythical, socio-cultural, environmental and spatial roles of the courtyard in the domestic architecture  of India—from early civilization and Vedic times to Islamic and colonial influences.

This volume documents traditional as well as vernacular courtyard dwelling types across India within diverse  climatic, cultural as well as geographic zones such as western (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra), southern (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa), eastern (Bihar, West Bengal), central (Madhya Pradesh) and northern (Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir). It then discerns the spatial elements constituting the court, and the arts,  the crafts as well as the elements integral to the court.

Illustrated with splendid photographs and representative drawings, the book attempts to understand the presence and resolution, continued use and adaptation as well as the diverse interpretations and abstractions of the courtyard.

 

Yatin Pandya is an author, activist, academician, researcher as well as a practising architect with his firm FOOTPRINTS E.A.R.T.H. (Environment Architecture Research Technology Housing). He is a graduate of CEPT University, Ahmedabad and holds a Master of Architecture degree from McGill University, Montreal. He has been involved with city planning, urban design, mass housing, architecture, interior design and product design as well as conservation projects. He has authored over two hundred papers, which have appeared in national and international journals, and has produced over thirty documentary films on architecture. His previous publications, Concepts of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture and Elements of Spacemaking—both published by Mapin and now in their fourth reprint—won the Indian Institute of Architects’ (IIA) award for Architectural Excellence in Research in the years 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design and CEPT University, and a guest lecturer at various universities

in India and abroad. The recipient of over twenty-five national and international awards for architectural design and research, he counts environmental sustainability, socio–cultural appropriateness, timeless aesthetics and economic affordability to be key principles of his work.


 

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