The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel mapinpub

The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel

Selected Projects 1963–2003
Catherine Desai and Bimal Patel
Contributions by Catherine Desai, Bimal Patel, Christopher Benninger, Ismet Khambatta, Bobby Desai, Arindam Dutta and Rahul Mehrotra Text, Images and Drawings © HCPDPM

Hasmukh Patel’s architectural practice spanned the transformative latter decades of the 20th century.

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Hasmukh Patel’s architectural practice spanned the transformative latter decades of the 20th century.
Patel navigated the political and economic changes of his time and brought his talents to bear equally on institutional, private and speculative development projects in a way that was rare amongst his contemporaries. He recognised that with every commission, regardless of budget, scale or type, came opportunities to further architecture’s formal, civic and social agendas.

Patel rarely spoke about his approach to design. And yet, each of his projects is a built manifesto, an exploration of how architecture might enrich the lives of India’s modernising citizens. His buildings are the result of profoundly practical deliberations combined with an intuitive appreciation for the power of form and space. They belong to a deep tradition of 20th-century modernist thinking, where the legibility of the architectural diagram is a primary concern. Included here are 51 of Patel’s buildings, many published for the first time. Each project has been meticulously redrawn from material in Patel’s archive and is accompanied by photographs and text informed by his recollections from practice.

This book is both a tribute to Hasmukh Patel and a contribution to the ongoing documentation of modern Indian architecture, the gathering of a canon of works to inspire and inform the next generation.

Catherine Outram Desai received a Bachelor of Architecture with honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. She has practised in Australia, India and the UK, working on both new and heritage listed buildings. Catherine first visited India to study the country’s modern buildings in the early 1990s and has continued her research with frequent visits. Her knowledge of modern Indian architecture encompasses both well-known and less visited work, and she is an advocate for the preservation of India’s modern architectural heritage.

Bimal Patel is an architect, urban planner and academic. He is President of CEPT University and heads HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. Patel received a Diploma in Architecture from the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad. He also received a dual Master’s in City Planning and Architecture and a Doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include land-use planning and management, real estate markets and building regulations. His numerous architecture, urban design and planning projects have won many national and international awards.

• Foreword
• Introduction
• Selected Projects
• Houses 24
• Schools 62
• Offices and Mixed-use Developments 96
• Row Houses 126
• Apartments 148
• Hostels 166
• Banks 190
• Educational Institutions 228
• Religious Institutions 254
• Theatres and Auditoriums 296
• Stadiums 314
• Urban Development
• Essays
• Mixed Signals: A Research Mandate
• Purpose and Integrity: The Architectural Practice of Hasmukh C. Patel
• Biographical Essay
• Design Collaborators
• Bibliography
• Credits
• Authors and Contributors
ISBN 9789385360077
Pages 392
Number of photographs 264 photographs and 150 drawings
Size 8.74 x 10.63" (222 x 270 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2017
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights
“I don’t think I have in mind a particular theory or philosophy that helps me design buildings. The human being is at the centre of my creative efforts. I only believe that my designs must create humane environments that generate vitality and the joy of being. This is the only thing I understand and the only thing I practice.”
—Hasmukh Patel

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