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The Mother Tongue of Architecture

The Mother Tongue of Architecture

Selected Writing from Kazi Khaleed Ashraf

By (author) Kazi Ashraf


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  • Compelling essays on abiding topics in architecture, and the culture of architecture
  • Important source book for instructors and students on some abiding topics in the history and theory of architecture
  • Important essays on contemporary architecture in the Indian subcontinent, and contemporary takes on topics that are ancient and premodern
  • Reflections on critical topics in architecture, urbanism and culture
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A collection of critical essays on abiding and compelling topics in architecture and the culture of architecture. Range of topics are diverse: an architectural phenomenology of water, architecture and landscape rethought, ancient Greece to India, The Buddha’s house to the modern house in India, the architecture and landscapes of Louis Kahn. Le Corbusier in India, the architecture of Balkrishna Doshi, and other original topics such as the destruction of buildings as a ritual necessity.

“Reading and pondering over Kazi’s writings, I am reminded of my personal journeys and learnings… Architecture is not merely a static dumb built form but is a cosmos in itself. Not merely produced theoretically but created through varied moods and activities of life, place, space, and ecosystems. Theoretically — arguably and rationally — functions or activities or appearances are organisms, but not if not seen holistically. Hence, Vastu is not only an environment and not merely an object but has an all-pervading soul, and this is what Kazi conveys through his travels and experiences.” – Balkrishna Doshi on The Mother Tongue of Architecture

About the Author

Kazi Ashraf is an architect, architectural historian and critic. Trained at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Hawaii in the US, and now directs the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

ORO Editions
18th Jun 2024
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
228 mm x 171 mm
288 Pages
200 color
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