Courtyard Houses of India
- A one-of-a-kind volume documenting the traditional and vernacular courtyard architecture of India
- Featuring more than 500 illustrations, photographs and maps
- Traces the roles of the court from early civilization and Vedic times to Islamic and colonial influences
- Comprehensive study of dwellings across India within diverse climatic, cultural as well as geographic zones
In ancient Indian sciences, the courtyard assumes the central position as Brahmasthana, the nucleus of the living environment. Lying at the genesis of the urban dwelling form in India across geography and time, it provided for an open-to-sky outdoor space while being away from the public eye and thus suited an introverted lifestyle. In this book, the author traces the metaphysical, mythical, socio-cultural, environmental and spatial roles of the courtyard in the domestic architecture of India — from early civilization and Vedic times to Islamic and colonial influences. This volume documents traditional and vernacular courtyard dwelling types across India within diverse climatic, cultural as well as geographic zones of the country. It then discerns the spatial elements constituting the court, and the arts and crafts as well as the elements integral to the court. Illustrated with splendid photographs and representative drawings, the book attempts to understand the presence and resolution, continued use and adaptation as well as the diverse interpretations and abstractions of the courtyard.
- Mapin Publishing
- 7th Feb 2023
- USA & Canada
- 10.00 in x 10.00 in
- 468 Pages
- 352 color
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