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Celebrating Public Spaces of India

Miracles of Existence
Archana Gupta and Anshuman Gupta

A first of its kind, Celebrating Public Spaces of India is a bold attempt at understanding architecture as a defining feature in the identity of space, particularly the idea of the ‘public space’ and its influence on evolving modes of urbanism in India. Through a carefully curated list of vibrant landmarks across India, this volume explores and highlights the socio-cultural-functional strength of public spaces within the urban fabric of cities.

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A first of its kind, Celebrating Public Spaces of India is a bold attempt at understanding architecture as a defining feature in the identity of space, particularly the idea of the ‘public space’ and its influence on evolving modes of urbanism in India. Through a carefully curated list of vibrant landmarks across India, this volume explores and highlights the socio-cultural-functional strength of public spaces within the urban fabric of cities.
A first of its kind, Celebrating Public Spaces of India is a bold attempt at understanding architecture as a defining feature in the identity of space, particularly the idea of the ‘public space’ and its influence on evolving modes of urbanism in India. Through a carefully curated list of vibrant landmarks across India, this volume explores and highlights the socio-cultural-functional strength of public spaces within the urban fabric of cities. The authors identify and analyze more than fifty landmarks across the length and breadth of India; bustling bazaars, cultural hubs, historic monuments, waterfronts and religious spaces all find a place in this volume, in an attempt to understand the mechanics of these built and open structures, and their influences on urban cityscapes. Featuring evocative photographs and drawings, in addition to insightful original research, Celebrating Public Spaces of India is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to understand the nature of the ‘Indian urban public space’.

Archana Gupta, co-founder of The Foundation of The Indian Cities, is the Vice-President (Projects) for KPDK Buildtech Pvt. Ltd. An architect and teacher, she has extensive experience in service architecture and infrastructure development, and has to her credit several publications and research projects relating to studies of traditional and vernacular Indian settlements. Anshuman Gupta, co-founder of The Foundation of The Indian Cities works as Vice-President, Head of Projects (South Asia), at Deutsche Bank AG. An architect and an accomplished corporate real estate professional, he has extensively travelled and worked across India. A strong proponent of the sustainable approach to design, he spares time to research and write about urbanization and cities.

• Preface
• Foreword
• Introduction
• Public Buildings and Monument Plazas
• City Squares and Cultural Spaces
• City-level Urban Parks
• Bazaar Streets and Market Places
• Waterfront Spaces
• Religious Spaces
• Ancient Heritage Monument Spaces
• The Way Forward
• Bibliography
• Photo credits
• Acknowledgements
ISBN 9789385360084
Pages 120
Number of illustrations 168
Size 9 x 9" (229x 229 mm), sc with gatefold
Date of Publishing 2017
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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