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Title: Complexities of practicing architectural regionalism in India: An interview study
Authors: Bahga S.
Raheja, Gaurav
Published in: Frontiers of Architectural Research
Abstract: This paper presents the results and analysis from an interview study conducted with practitioners of architectural regionalism in India. The interviews sought to gain in-depth understanding of the strategies, mechanisms, and tools they employ to realize contextualized architecture that responds to local needs and potential. A sample composed of nine eminent Indian architects who regularly integrate the ideas of critical regionalism in their designs is selected and subsequently interviewed with regard to the varied aspects of their architectural practice. Findings are useful for practitioners and scholars of contemporary architecture in India for understanding the means employed by leading regionalist architects, while placing their work in the context of local building traditions, urban landscape, sociocultural conditions, technology, and climate. © 2020 The Authors
Citation: Frontiers of Architectural Research(2020), 9(3): 568-578
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Higher Education Press Limited Company
Keywords: Architects' interviews
Architectural regionalism
Architecture practice
Critical regionalism
Indian architecture
Semi-structured interviews
ISSN: 20952635
Author Scopus IDs: 57204242601
Author Affiliations: Bahga, S., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Raheja, G., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Funding Details: The authors would like to thank the Government of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development for funding this manuscript through the IIT-Roorkee Doctoral Scholarship to the main author, grant number 14902005. We sincerely thank the architects who patiently and articulately answered our questions on regionalism and their buildings: Ashok B Lall, Meghal Arya, MN Ashish Ganju, Namita Singh, Pankaj Vir Gupta, Rahoul Singh, Sanjay Mohe, Sourabh Gupta, and Vinod Gupta. Lastly, the authors would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers of the FOAR journal for their time and effort in providing constructive comments that helped improve the quality of this paper.
Corresponding Author: Bahga, S.; Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia; email:
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