Reading A City

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Narayani Gupta
Chandigarh is known as Le Corbusier’s city, but unknown to many, there was a Polish architect who could have been the City Beautiful’s architect. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia focuses on Matthew Nowicki’s story and his vision of a Chandigarh that could have been. (In pic:…
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The Indian Muslim architect rejoiced in being ‘free’. He drew inspiration from a range of sources. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia focuses on historian M. Mujeeb’s references to Indian Muslim architecture. (In pic: Chini ka Rauza in Agra; Photo courtesy: PersianDutchNetwork/…
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Mirza Ismail was disapproving of the British’s improvement of Indian cities and towns, and greatly advocated for the need for gardens and parks. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia explores Ismail’s thoughts on town-planning and his conflicts with bureaucracy. (Photo Courtesy:…
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Just in his 20s, architect and artist Gordon Sanderson assumed charge of conserving and landscaping many clusters of historic monuments. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia focuses on the young archaeologist’s engagement with Delhi’s architecture, and his fascination for the craftsman…
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British architect Edwin Lutyens was given the task of designing the Viceroy’s House (which we now know as Rashtrapati Bhavan), and the imperial enclave in 1912. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, we look back at the master town-planner’s legacy. (Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons) Of the many…
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Sociologist and pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes coined the term ‘temple-city’ after seeing the towns of Madras Presidency. As part of the ‘Reading a City’ series, we explore how Geddes saw the temple space as a focal point for settlements. (Photo Courtesy: National Portrait Gallery, London/…
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What are today called 'B-towns' or Tier-2 cities have the potential to become culture-towns, if they don't lose their way building malls and flyovers. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, we explore how Abdul Halim Sharar gave readers a sense of the culture of Lucknow, along with its short…
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While numerous walks, talks and performances attempt to keep the past alive in the capital city of Delhi, the person who began it all was a young man in his 20s—Syed Ahmad Khan of the Aligarh Muslim University fame. As part of this series on ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia explores how Khan sees…
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The past is in many ways a foreign country, and to walk through towns of the past slowly is an invigorating exercise. And there are those who can read them, see how they had grown. Some, such as Syed Ahmed Khan and Patrick Geddes, can use words vividly to conjure up other people in another time…
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