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The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma

Vikramāditya Prakāsh
Foreword by Balkrishna V. Doshi

Shivdatt Sharma (b. 1931) is one of the most prolific Indian modernist architects. Starting

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Shivdatt Sharma (b. 1931) is one of the most prolific Indian modernist architects. Starting
Starting out as an architect in the Chandigarh Capital Project Team led by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Sharma subsequently became Chief Architect of the Indian Space Research Organization. He then went into private practice.

Sharma’s architecture is a distinct blend of the core principles of Modernism, interpreted through the lens of contemporary Indian realities. Modernism was adopted as both symbol and instrument of nation-building in Nehruvian India. Working alongside designers and artists, architects went to work building innumerable small townships, universities, public institutions, housing estates and infrastructural projects across the country. Progressive businesses also patronized Modernism as full participants in the project of nation-building.

The Modernism in India Series documents the extensive heritage of Modernism and modern architecture in India. Bringing to light the work of a forgotten generation, this series documents work that is currently under threat by the forces of globalization. This well-illustrated book documents Sharma’s work from the early days, when it was a part of the experimental and innovative ethos of Chandigarh, to the present. He has designed for a range of public and private clients across the world. Along with a portfolio of selected works, this book includes critical essays, interviews and a chronology of projects.

Dr Vikramāditya Prakāsh is a historian and urbanist. An authority on Modernism, global history and Indian architecture, he has published several books including Chandigarh’s Le Corbusier and co-authored A Global History of Architecture. He is Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, a multiyear project to research the trajectory of small and mid-sized cities of India in the age of globalization.

Dr Prakāsh received his B.Arch. from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, India and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, USA. After teaching at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and Arizona State University, Tempe, he joined University of Washington, Seattle in 1996 where is he is currently Professor of Architecture, with additional adjunct appointments in the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and Planning. He has served as Associate Dean of the College and Chair of the Department of Architecture. He is also partner in Verge Architecture and Design based out of Seattle, USA, and Chandigarh, India.

• Foreword
• The Crucible of Modernism in India
• Conversation with Shivdatt Sharma
• Lasting Lessons From Legends – A Testament

• Art College Hostel
• Central Scientific
• Instruments Organisation
• Laboratory building
• Cafeteria and Guest House
• Housing Type 1
• Housing Type 2/3/4
• Faculty Guest House
• Club House for Golf Course
• State Guest House
• Gurudwara, Sector 19
• Technical Teachers’ Training Insititute
• Museum of Science
• Som Dutt’s Residence
• LIG Housing

• Vikram Sarabhai Hall
• Ammonium Perchlorate Experimental Plant
• Control Facility
• Pressure Transducers Unit
• VSSC Central School

• Pracheen Kala Kendra
• Carmel Convent School
• Tribune Model School
• Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER
• Advanced Pedriatic Centre, PGIMER
• New OPD Block, PGIMER
• National Institute of Pharmaceutical
• Education and Research
• Convention Centre, SGPGIMS
• Cricket Stadium
• Navjeevan Church
• Bamboo Museum
• DLF Shopping Plaza
• Institute of Microbial Technology
• Amod Gupta’s Residence

• Chronology of Selected Works
• Biography
ISBN 9788189995676
Pages 176
Number of photographs 97 colour, 90 b/w photographs and 100 b/w drawings
Size 8.5 x 11" (216 x 279 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2012
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights
‘‘S.D. Sharma is carrying forward the torch of architecture from the earliest works of Corbusier in Chandigarh to our times. His contribution to the contemporary Indian architecture is remarkable.’’
—Raj Rewal, Eminent Architect and Author

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