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The Use of Tradition in Architecture and Urban Form

Title:The Use of Tradition in Architecture and Urban Form
Author:Rewal, Raj
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 48 Issue no. 3; March 1997, p. 52-63
Abstract:The writer underlines the fact that it is important to reinvent a modern vocabulary of design in terms of our own traditions and cultural heritage. The traditional vocabulary of design based on the handcrafted building methodology, which had evolved through centuries, was disrupted during the colonial period. The morphology of Rajasthan's cities has important lessons for mass housing schemes and has influenced Rewal's works. He goes on to describe examples of buildings in New Delhi which reject the institutional and sterile pattern of housing favoured by departmental engineers for public and municipal works. The idea of blending traditional spatial arrangements with modern building technique is carried through in several of the writer's projects discussed here.

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