HIMALAYAN CITIES Settlement Patterns, Public Places and Architecture

Dec 12, 2014 |

AUTHOR: Pratyush Shankar
PUBLISHER: Niyogi Books

Himalayan Cities: Settlement Patterns, Public Places and Architecture marks the culmination of extensive documentation and research on the cities and architecture of the Himalayas.It explores the idea of settlements in different areas of the Himalayan region, cutting across national boundaries, from Kashmir via Nepal to the north-eastern parts of the Indian subcontinent, and their relationship with the landscape.

By comparing these, the book makes the case for peculiarities of the Himalayan city and succeeds in deducing key principles and general models typical of the settlement patterns, nature of public places and architecture shaped by this unique mountainous environment. The relationship between natural systems and human ingenuity as projected through its built traditions forms the underlying theme of the book.

Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs and detailed hand drawings by the author and his students, Himalayan Cities not only engages the academia but also the general reader and helps provoke a discourse on this intriguing landscape and its architectural nuances.

From Introduction
In this book on Himalayan spaces, we try to look at objects, spaces and various circumstances that have evolved over a long period of time with the premise that such attitudes are loaded in the cultural preference of a place. The idea of a 'place' definitely takes centre stage in such studies. Spatial constructs of a particular place become symbols that can unravel the unique attitude of the place.

Case studies from different parts of the Himalayas are used to arrive at certain generalizations. The emphasis has been on deriving key principles that makes us think about the contemporary and the future. Drawings are an important part of this book and many amongst them are abstract diagrams to make a particular argument or understand a set of relationships.The book is divided into four chapters. The first one deals with the area of imagination and perception of the Himalayan landscape and it attempts to deconstruct the very idea of the Himalayan landscape and its peculiarities.


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