New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions

This book on “New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions” builds on the contributions from various architects, planners, educationists, decision-makers & others from across the world who gathered together to create a forum for the promotion of traditional processes and techniques for the creation of the built environment. This forum was initiated by INTBAU India, The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism in India, and supported by The Nabha Foundation.

This book presents the arguments, axioms and case studies related to Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in a sequential format. Firstly it examines the “New ways of looking at Heritage” by separating it from pure history into a living and evolving process. The book looks at what defines traditional methods and their relevance to the contemporary context. It also examines the aspects of Continuity and Contextual frameworks in the built environment. The section on “Sustainable Buildings, Places and Communities” explores the many facets of locally driven processes from the viewpoint of tradition and sustainability. These include many community based planning methods and their applications in shaping the built environment, aspects of environmental sustainability and on how appropriateness could be ingrained into current architectural education. Lastly, the book delves into a number of executed examples in architecture seeking to learn from tradition and examples in “place-making urbanism” which in turn promotes humane, walkable and connected neighbourhoods.

The International Network of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) is a world wide organization dedicated to the support of traditional building, maintenance of local character and the creation of better places to live in. It is involved in the creation of an active network of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study or enjoy traditional building, architecture and place making.

The activities of INTBAU are focused on research, professional exchanges, advisory and pilot projects in the field of Urban revitalisation, Traditional planning and Sustainable design. By education, research and the promotion of traditional techniques, it encourages people to maintain traditional buildings and to build new buildings and places which help improve the quality of life in cities and towns around the world. INTBAU also promotes traditional methods and crafts to promote economic sustainability for craftspersons and environmental sustainability in the creation of the built environment.

The Nabha Foundation is building on the philanthropic activities of the Khemka Family and its roots in Nabha, by taking up issues of integrated and sustainable rural development, infrastructure upgradation and heritage conservation in Nabha, Punjab.

With the active engagement of the government and other stakeholders in Punjab, one of the prime initiatives of the foundation is the adaptive reuse of regional historical buildings in support of community development projects. The Foundation aims to create innovative institutions that reflect the local context and vernacular architecture of Nabha. On a broader view, the Nabha Foundation is leading a process change in mainstreaming heritage in the developmental process in Punjab, as part of the Foundation’s strategic vision for urban regeneration in this region.

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ISBN: 1-4438-1869-0

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-1869-8

Release Date: 5th May 2010

Pages: 350

Price: £59.99