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Stories of Storeys
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Stories of Storeys
Art, Architecture and the City

First Edition


January 2019 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A renowned architect and artist on how public architecture in our cities has lost contact with the lives of the common people.

Behind the seemingly ordinary life of a practising architect lies a whole host of non-professional impulses that give shape to buildings. Stories of Storeys: Art, Architecture and the City is about these impulses and conditions—social, literate, personal and political—which are expressed, but often ignored in architecture. Bhatia looks at the ordinary, physical, visible and tactile involvement of our urban environment and the way it affects, communicates with, or influences us. An all-inclusive sociology of architecture, the book draws on the social life of some of architecture’s role players, people whose peculiar demands on design have come to characterize the building environment of our times, and times that are characterized by this progressive isolation of architecture from the society of common people.


 
Introduction
 
Reading the City
 
City in Decline
 
Public Architecture
 
Architecture Definitions
 
The Architect
 
Architecture in the City
 
Practice
 
Architecture and the Bureaucrat
 
Architecture as Style
 
Architect as Builder
 
The Home Owner
 
Architecture Consumer
 
Architecture in Urbanism
 
Urban Art
 
City Cosmopolitan
 
City Space
 
Architecture as Luxury
 
Architecture as Commerce
 
City History
 
Architecture as Landscape
 
Art as Politics
 
Greening Architecture
 
Architecture as Photoshop
 
Architecture as Idea
 
Art as Idea
 
A Future Imagined

“He has stirred the landscape of architecture with a barrage of words …jarring inequalities that confront our urban lifestyles… describe the gross disparity that defines our divided cities.”

 
The Hindu, 24 March 2019

“Book is exceptionally well written and is backed with immense on-hand experience… expertise mixed with this artistic mindset lend a unique voice …an extremely interesting read.”

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Key features

·         Authored by Gautam Bhatia, who is an internationally renowned and award-winning architect, who took his passion to next stage by writing on the subject.

·         Hands on book to know why is there increasingly a disconnect between public architecture and the people inhabiting cities.

·         Throws light on what has gone wrong with Indian public architecture.

·         The book’s focus is the city, the characteristics, places and incidents that create urban life. It is particularly relevant to the current discussion on ‘Smart Cities’.


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ISBN: 9789353280802
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