One of India’s most acclaimed architects and urban planners Christopher Benninger’s book ‘Architecture for Modern India’ was launched to a wide reception at Balgandharv Rangmandir Auditorium. This follows Benninger’s previous book ‘Letters to a Young Architect’, which sustained itself on the bestseller list for 18 consecutive weeks in 2012.
Benninger, who has worked extensively in India, is a recipient of the Great Master Architect of India award. After nearly half a century of investing in the development of architecture in India, he released his second book.
‘Architecture for Modern India’ explores Benninger’s personal approach to urban design in India and the architectural sense developed in his decades-long experience of working and teaching here. Compared to his earlier work, it is less reflective and seeks to impart an objective basis for design that is reconciled with the challenges and advantages of urban architecture in India.
Speaking at the event, Rampra-sad Akkisetti, managing director of Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Private Limited (Benninger’s architectural firm), said, “This large format monograph traces architectural practice through Benninger’s work over the past five decades of economic transformation and social change. Each of Benninger’s creations, whether in urban planning or architecture is a benchmark of India’s evolving character and persona.”
Akisetti added, “This book has about 400 pages, 800 color photographs, several hundred drawings and text supporting each and every project to serve the purpose of education to both students and those who practice. For those who are new to the subject of architecture, it is a visual treat and a medium of understanding good architecture.”
The event was thronged by enthusiasts, professionals and architecture students attending to hear Akisetti, Lila Poonawalla, Arti and Atul Kirloskar, and Vijay Kelkar.