Rethinking modernism for the developing world: the complete architecture of Balkrishna Doshi
India is a nation with a rich, sophisticated culture, but also a country undergoing rapid modernization. In this dynamic context, the architecture of Balkrishna Doshi deploys the strengths of tradition and modernism in a powerful combination, infusing bold new forms with an intricate social, historical, and cultural awareness.
Doshi's concern for order, climatic responsiveness, materials, and cultural expression is primary; James Steele examines the full and extraordinary range of his ideas, which encompasses ancient Hindu geometry, contemporary town planning, village typologies, modular standardization, mysticism, and myth.
Photographs, plans, and drawings by the architect illustrate informed commentaries on Doshi's most notable projects to date. Some texts by Doshi, written to accompany his original concepts, are published here for the first time.
With a comprehensive illustrated chronology of all his work, this study is indispensable not only for anyone with an overall interest in contemporary architecture but also for those who have a particular concern for the evolution of traditional forms within a context of humane values.
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Adalaj administrative Ahmedabad allow amphitheatre ancient Anne Hong Aranya architect auditorium B. V. Doshi balconies Balkrishna Doshi Bangalore Baroda blocks brick building built caves central centre Chandigarh climate clusters complex component concrete construction contemporary Corbusier Corbusier's Corporation courtyard covered create cultural Delhi diagonal Diamond Bourse domes entrance environment environmental Fatehpur Sikri garden Grameen Bank Gujarat housing Husain Husain-Doshi Gufa IIM Bangalore Immanuel John Nicholas Indian Institute Indology Indore Institute of Indology Institute of Management interior International Jaipur John Paniker Joseph St Anne Kahn's Khargar Kurma light located Louis Kahn M. F. Husain Madhya Pradesh metres Modernist Mumbai natural Newson Opposite outdoor rooms Pandya pedestrian plots Pradesh Ram Kumar residence residential Ronchamp roof Sangath School of Architecture shade space square steps streets structure stupa surfaces temple terraces township traditional trees urban Vastu-Shilpa Foundation vaults village walkways walls Yatin Pandya