This is a selection of resources on architecture in India available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
NLB print and digital resources
Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the people
Balkrishna V. Doshi is an influential pioneer of modern architecture in India, internationally known for his visionary urban planning and social housing projects. Experts give insights into the inspiration behind Doshi’s work, the background to his projects and his lasting influence on younger generations. A detailed biography and photographs of his buildings demonstrate the timeliness of the Indian master’s approaches to architecture.
All rights reserved, Ahmedabad: Vastushilpa Foundation, 2019.
Learning from Mumbai: Practising architecture in urban India
Featuring interviews and reflections of eminent architects living and working in Mumbai, the ins-and-outs of practising architecture and planning in this megacity are explored through their eyes.
All rights reserved, Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2017.
Living heritage of Mewar: Architecture of the city palace, Udaipur
This volume traces the cultural lineage of the City Palace at Udaipur through its art and architecture. It also explores how Mughal and British influences were added to its Mewar Rajput architecture and the conservation model that preserves this magnificent structure for future generations.
All rights reserved, Udaipur: Mapin Publishing, 2017.
The vanishing stepwells of India
Stepwells – ancient water stores – which are found below ground are unique to India. Built from around the third century throughout the country, particularly in the arid western regions, these stepwells also served as places where villagers could socialise and for travellers to take refuge from the heat. Journalist Victoria Lautman first encountered stepwells three decades ago and is now devoted to document these fascinating, but largely unknown, edifices before they disappear.
All rights reserved, London: Merrell Publishers Ltd, 2017.
Landscapes of accumulation: Real estate and the neoliberal imagination in contemporary India
With India’s booming developments, the urban transformation of the country has also brought about gleaming business complexes, giant condominium communities and spacious air-conditioned malls alongside open-air markets. This title documents the new private sector partnerships and practices that are transforming India’s built environment and presents how India’s land is rapidly transforming from a site of agricultural and industrial production to an international finance resource.
All rights reserved, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Urban renewal in India: Theory, initiatives and spatial planning strategies
This book is a comprehensive presentation of the theoretical, strategic and technical aspects of urban renewal in India. Major principles, strategies and techniques for the successful planning and implementation of urban renewal projects are explained with examples that cover major initiatives undertaken at central, state and city levels in the country.
Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central. myLibrary ID login is required to access this ebook.
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Architecture from India – ArchDaily
Indian architecture is primarily established though historical and cultural influences. The conversation now revolves around how best to modernise, the mediation of rapid urbanisation with respect to climate, culture and tradition, and questions of cultural preservation.