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Vistara – The Architecture of India

The re-mastered book and film from the iconic travelling exhibition on Indian Architecture curated by Charles Correa.

The document was a part of the seminal ‘Vistara: The Architecture of India’ exhibition, 1986 that travelled the world. This is an attempt to resurrect and preserve one of the most crucial and complex comments on the Architecture of India. The exhibition was accompanied by this book and the Vistara film – a projection system – chronicling powerful ideas, elements and epochs that represented our architecture and the practice of habitat-making.

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Why Loiter?

Book by Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan and Shilpa Ranade.
Reviewed by Mustansir Dalvi

Why Loiter? discusses the conventions and changing notions of women in the public realm. Reviewed here by Mustansir Dalvi, the book challenges regressive social structures that deter women through a notion of respectability.

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Living with Modernity: Brasilia-Chandigarh | Iwan Baan

Ace photographer and observer of human interaction with architecture, Iwan Baan captures the present-day frames of two intended utopias – Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh and Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia.

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A Place in the Shade by Charles Correa

A seminal collection of essays, A Place in the Shade is a chronicle of thoughts spanning Charles Correa’s illustrious career in architecture and urban planning.

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In the span of a prolific practice, Charles Correa’s work and thoughts have been instrumental in shaping the architecture of Post-Independence India.  His writings – few and far in-between – deal with both the real and the metaphysical in architecture, urban planning, housing, urbanization and design in general. The writings in this book address the concerns and issues that are fundamental to the Indian landscape and habitat. Illustrated by select visuals: photographs and drawings, the book connects his work and ideas to a tangible set of propositions.  Continue reading A Place in the Shade by Charles Correa