Bhatia is a Delhi-based architect and writer.
What image should Rajpath reflect? What should be the shape of a new Parliament House? Major architectural changes demand transparency
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.
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.
Architect Hasmukh Patel’s painterly and sculptural treatment of his many public and private commissions has been brought together in a generous book
The book is evidence of Christopher Benninger’s enormous range as an architect and his exploration of a widening arc of Indian ideas
Social injustice in India is always clouded by personal prejudice.
Charles Correa’s architecture drew from a deepening well of history and tradition, while simultaneously seeking a fearless approach to experimental living.
Withdrawal of the Unesco nomination is misguided and ill-timed.
A book that raises designer concerns about architecture, but gives little direction about its future
Without knowing it, we have learned to live in a daily crossfire of the ridiculous and the absurd.
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.
Dressing it up with technology won’t be enough
The informal organisation of Indias slums can inspire new planning norms.
A pictorial architecture book that makes visible Goas history and culture
Move government out of Delhi to disperse its political,business and cultural wealth
Planning for Indias urban areas needs to change drastically
No new Parliament building can match the image etched in national memory
World heritage status would be an empty achievement for Delhi,which lives uncomfortably with its own history
Architecture was visible only as a low flat-top building close to the ground,extending shadowed passages and verandahs into lawns and flower patches.
In the small village of Kalika in Kumaon,Sarla Devi and her daughter spend the day scrounging the forest for firewood.