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Gautam Bhatia

Bhatia is a Delhi-based architect and writer.

Changing shape of Parliament house: It’s easier to rebuild history than save it
Mon, Dec 16, 2019

What image should Rajpath reflect? What should be the shape of a new Parliament House? Major architectural changes demand transparency

Urban spaces need better designed homes and an egalitarian housing policy
Fri, Aug 02, 2019

Divides between private colonies, flats and government housing reinforce the city’s isolating character. It is no exaggeration to say that housing in India is both inefficient, poorly constructed, thoughtlessly designed, and conforms to outmoded ideas that still hark to the bungalow prototype.

City in search of an idea
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai frame the failures of conventional thinking on urban issues. The choices are many, but they need to be made now, and by a single authority.

Block by Block
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Architect Hasmukh Patel’s painterly and sculptural treatment of his many public and private commissions has been brought together in a generous book

Book Review: Built in India
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

The book is evidence of Christopher Benninger’s enormous range as an architect and his exploration of a widening arc of Indian ideas

Indian obsession with fairness is the daily evidence of a deep-seated racism
Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Social injustice in India is always clouded by personal prejudice.

India’s architect Charles Correa
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Charles Correa’s architecture drew from a deepening well of history and tradition, while simultaneously seeking a fearless approach to experimental living.

A Disservice To Delhi
Sat, May 30, 2015

Withdrawal of the Unesco nomination is misguided and ill-timed.

Building Blocks
Sat, Apr 18, 2015

A book that raises designer concerns about architecture, but gives little direction about its future

Breaking mis-news
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

Without knowing it, we have learned to live in a daily crossfire of the ridiculous and the absurd.

Life in a Concrete Jungle
Sat, Mar 14, 2015

A well-researched sociology of Delhi, where people have learnt to live in the ruins with hope, knowing full well their own contribution to the ruin.

To make a city smart
Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Dressing it up with technology won’t be enough

Where the two cities meet
Wed, Oct 23, 2013

The informal organisation of India’s slums can inspire new planning norms.

Raise High the Roof Beams
Sat, May 11, 2013

A pictorial architecture book that makes visible Goa’s history and culture

A capital idea
Sat, Oct 27, 2012

Move government out of Delhi to disperse its political,business and cultural wealth

A city for the people
Mon, Aug 13, 2012

Planning for India’s urban areas needs to change drastically

Those hallowed halls
Fri, Jul 20, 2012

No new Parliament building can match the image etched in national memory

Don’t look to UNESCO for salvation
Mon, Mar 19, 2012

World heritage status would be an empty achievement for Delhi,which lives uncomfortably with its own history

For the Shiny,Happy People
Sun, Dec 11, 2011

Architecture was visible only as a low flat-top building close to the ground,extending shadowed passages and verandahs into lawns and flower patches.

What Copenhagen missed
Tue, Dec 22, 2009

In the small village of Kalika in Kumaon,Sarla Devi and her daughter spend the day scrounging the forest for firewood.

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