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One Continuous Line
Art, Architecture and Urbanism of Aditya Prakash

by Vikramaditya Prakash

This monograph explores the life, work, art and philosophy of Aditya Prakash, one of India's early Modernist architects.
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Category: Architecture, Art, Reference
Tags: Art and Architecture
 

COMING SOON

254 x 280 mm | 10 x 11 in
Hardcover | 304 pages
337 colour photographs
59 black & white drawings
ISBN:
978-81-89995-68-3 (Mapin)

 
PRICE:
Rs.3,950.00  | $75.00  | £55.00
 
 
 
          
   
 
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Table of contents

   Acknowledgements

   Chronology

   Foreword

1. Introduction

2. From Muzaffarnagar to London

         The Franconia

         London

         Return to India

3. The Chandigarh Capital Project Team

         Interrogating the ‘Modern Style’

         Learning from the ‘Master’

         Frame Control and the Indian Modulor

         Tagore Theatre

         Structure and its Expression

         Furniture

4. Designing the Agricultural Revolution

         Campus Planning and Design

         Argus and Rolliflex

         The Urge to Sculpture

         Beginning to Paint

5. Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture

         Research Cells

         Energy Crisis: The Self-Sustaining Linear City Vision

         The Animal

         Writing in Free Verse

         Abhinet and Tagore-iterates

         The Painting Studio

         The Undoing of Postmodernism

6. On His Own

         Arcon Architects

         The Animal, Again

         Indic motifs

         The Female Form, and the Lingam

         The New Millenium

         Our Get-Together

         Zindagi Retire Nahin Hoti

7. Conclusion: global modernism

         Nehruvian Global Modernist

         Diffractive Modernism

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Description

Aditya Prakash belonged to the first generation of Indian modernists, a lodestar group of civil servants under Jawaharlal Nehru’s leadership immediately after Independence, at a time when the connectivity between city, citizen and nation seemed vibrant and expanding. Ignoring disciplinary boundaries, Prakash viewed all aspects of his work as multiple dimensions of a single quest—to understand the purpose of life, enjoy it, and to keep the interests of the poorest at heart. This is the “continuous line” and it represents an insight into Prakash’s philosophy in life and design.

Conceived as an introduction to his vast body of work, this volume is an illustrated narrative, with a series of interspersed visual essays. The book traces his education as an architect, his early modernist works, his deep artistic impulses and his efforts to rally a culture of academic inquiry in the face of political stagnation and apathy. It documents early successes and later frustrations of his life as an architect and academic, and his arguments against the turn to postmodernism in Indian architecture of the early 1980s. The book also provides an interpretive and personal narrative of Prakash’s life and legacy, in order to encourage others to engage with this visionary architect’s oeuvre.

Supported by Graham Foundation.

 

Vikramaditya Prakash, an authority on modernism and Indian architecture, teaches at the University of Washington, Seattle, and is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab. He is the author of several books, most recently The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma (Mapin, 2012), part of the Modernism in India Series, and a contributor to Le Corbusier: Chandigarh and the Modern City (Mapin, 2009) and Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier’s City Today (Mapin, 2017), among others.

Supported by Graham Foundation.


 

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