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Courtyard Houses of India
Published by Mapin Publishing Pvt.Ltd
Indian architecture is not about an object in space; instead it integrates space within the object where the built and the unbuilt become counterpoints to vitalize each other. is engulfed void known as the courtyard lies at the genesis of urban dwellings in India.
In this book the author traces the metaphysical, mythical, socio-cultural, environmental and spatial roles of the courtyard in the domestic architecture of India-from early civilization and Vedic times to Islamic and colonial in uences.This book documents traditional courtyard dwelling types across India within diverse climatic, cultural as well as geographic zones such as West (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra), South (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa), East (Bihar, West Bengal), Central (Madhya Pradesh) and North (Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir). Courtyard Houses of India documents, analyses and infers the attributes and manifestations of traditional courtyard houses and examines the diverse interpretations of those as applied in contemporary homes.
Yatin Pandya is a practising architect with his rm FOOTPRINTS E.A.R.T.H. He is the author of several books, including Concepts of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture (Mapin) and Elements of Spacemaking (Mapin) for which he has won the IIA Award for Excellence in Architecture in Research category in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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