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Indian Architecture and the "Sixth" Millennium 2000: Reflections On The Arts In India, edited by Pratapaditya Pal,

Title:Indian Architecture and the "Sixth" Millennium 2000: Reflections On The Arts In India, edited by Pratapaditya Pal,
Author:Doshi, Balkrishna
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 52-2, p. 98-107
Abstract:Tracing the high points of development of architecture in the Indian subcontinent since the 3rd millennium BCE, the writer establishes the constants in architecture which have stood the test of time in the subcontinent: The design process which allowed generations of architects to innovate within a main structure, ensuring freedom for their creative energies; and the assimilative nature of the subcontinent's culture and its ability to absorb new ideas and integrate them into the architecture irrespective of their geographic or religious origins. The pre-20th century period was marked by gradual assimilative processes which were jolted by powerful gestures in the 20th century, exemplified in three influential projects discussed here. Finally the writer proposes principles which must shape the theory and practice of architecture and planning in the sixth millennium, foremost among these being the attainment of sustainable development and sustainable habitat.

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