A Concise History of Modern Architecture in India

Jon Lang, Permanent Black, 2016, Pbk, Second Edition, viii, 197 p, figs, ISBN : 9788178243054, $45.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Concise History of Modern Architecture in India


Contents: Preface. 1. Modernism and modern architecture. 2. Early modern architecture in India: 1920 to 1950. 3. The first generation of modernist architecture: 1945 to 1970. 4. The second generation" 1950 to 1980. 5. Post-Nehru modernist architecture: 1965 to 1990. 6. Post modernist architecture: 1975 to 1995. 7. Searching for appropriate architectures: 1985 to 2000. Glossary. Bibliography. Acknowledgements. Index.

"This is an invaluable book for those who want to understand the geography of their cities, as well as for students of Indian architecture. In lucid language that speaks to laymen and architects alike, Jon Lang provides a history of Indian architecture in the twentieth century. He analyses its tangled developments from the founding of the Indian Institute of Architects during the 1920s to the present diversity of architectural directions. He describes the often contradictory tugs of the international and the local as he reviews architects’ efforts to be up-to-date in their work.

Lang examines the early influences on Indian architecture both of movements like the Bauhaus as well as prominent individuals like Habib Rehman, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. He looks at monuments, museums, resettlement colonies, housing, offices and movie halls all over India in his wide-ranging survey. Over 150 photographs and line drawings explain and illustrate concepts outlined in the text. 

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