Video Archive | Architecture in India (4)

Vikramaditya Prakash
Vikramaditya Prakash discusses vernacular architectural practice in the developing world. He describes how the rapidly changing...
William Curtis
William Curtis briefly surveys ancient to contemporary architecture in India. He proposes a few enduring themes, such as concern...
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William Curtis briefly surveys ancient to contemporary architecture in India. He proposes a few enduring themes, such as concern...
William Curtis-clip_5767
Curtis discusses Ahmedabad and the work of Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn, stressing the significance of the local textile...

Vikramaditya Prakash

November 4, 1998 |
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Vikramaditya Prakash discusses vernacular architectural practice in the developing world. He describes how the rapidly changing landscape in South East Asian cities has renewed interest in master planning as a way to create “coherent visions for new mega-cities.” He discusses the ethical dilemma of master planning, and describes cases where Indian communities have resisted and adapted to master plans. He characterizes the local and global as “allegories of each other,” and calls master planning to be replaced by bodies and processes that produce and revise plans.


William Curtis

October 10, 1988 | Video Lecturer:

William Curtis briefly surveys ancient to contemporary architecture in India. He proposes a few enduring themes, such as concern for the climate, and relating forms to the human body. Curtis admits he is less interested in monumental architecture than the vernacular buildings of rural villages and urban slums. Curtis continues with a few examples Indian architecture of the 1970s. He identifies a move away from modernist references and back toward traditional Indian building principles. Curtis discusses Ahmedabad and the work of Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn, stressing the significance of the local textile industry, as well as the diverse religious influences. Curtis sees Ahmedabad as one of the most vital Asian architecture centers. He discusses the relationship between the work of B. V. Doshi in Ahmedabad to that of Le Corbusier.

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William Curtis briefly surveys ancient to contemporary architecture in India. He proposes a few enduring themes, such as concern for the climate, and relating forms to the human body. Curtis admits he is less interested
in monumental architecture than the vernacular buildings of rural villages and urban slums. He reviews the role of architecture in the transition from British rule to indepdendence, and discusses Le Corbusier and Chandigarh’s relationship to traditional Indian architecture.


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October 10, 1988 | Video Lecturer:

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Curtis discusses Ahmedabad and the work of Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn, stressing the significance of the local textile industry, as well as the diverse religious influences. Curtis sees Ahmedabad as one of the most vital Asian architecture centers. He discusses the relationship between the work of B. V. Doshi in Ahmedabad to that of Le Corbusier, noting the application of Corbusian techniques by Doshi but identifying elements that ground Doshi’s work in Indian realities. For Curtis, Doshi takes regional Indian architecture in a new direction.