Gautam Bhatia

Bhatia is a Delhi-based architect and writer.

Articles By Gautam Bhatia

City in search of an idea

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

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

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

Social injustice in India is always clouded by personal prejudice.

India’s architect Charles Correa

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

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

Building Blocks

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

Breaking mis-news

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

Life in a Concrete Jungle

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

Dressing it up with technology won’t be enough

Where the two cities meet

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

Raise High the Roof Beams

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

A capital idea

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

A city for the people

Planning for India’s urban areas needs to change drastically

Those hallowed halls

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

Don’t look to UNESCO for salvation

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

For the Shiny,Happy People

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

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

Our commitment to the Commonwealth

Delhi appears disastrously unprepared for the Games....

Cheap and best

Many of the government’s large-scale building projects have visibly foundered. Let’s hope they get low-cost housing right