The Bungalow in Twentieth-Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-colonial Society

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Architecture - 234 pages
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The primary era of this study - the twentieth century - symbolizes the peak of the colonial rule and its total decline, as well as the rise of the new nation state of India. The processes that have been labeled 'westernization' and 'modernization' radically changed middle-class Indian life during the century. This book describes and explains the various technological, political and social developments that shaped one building type - the bungalow - contemporaneous to the development of modern Indian history during the period of British rule and its subsequent aftermath. Drawing on their own physical and photographic documentation, and building on previous work by Anthony King and the Desais, the authors show the evolution of the bungalow's architecture from a one storey building with a verandah to the assortment of house-forms and their regional variants that are derived from the bungalow. Moreover, the study correlates changes in society with architectural consequences in the plans and aesthetics of the bungalow. It also examines more generally what it meant to be modern in Indian society as the twentieth century evolved.

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The book gives extensive descriptions and illustrations of various house forms through out India. But the book could easily not have the title of bungalow, It looks like the authors have deliberately defined all the house forms as bungalows. A bungalow may be one of the many factors that influenced the development of housing in India but it seems illogical to associate the word 'bungalow' as a connecting factor. I would like the book to be called as a survey of the development of housing forms in India rather than patronising the term 'bungalow'  


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About the author (2012)

Jon Lang is Head of the School of Architecture at the University of New South Wales. Madhavi Desai is Adjunct Faculty member and Miki Desai is Associate Professor, both at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad.

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