Character, Identity and Symbolism Contemporary Interpretations of British Colonial Architecture

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    Chowdhury, Sagarika
    Gupta, Sagar
    2019 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Interpretation traditional built environment and practice


Architectural history and traditional culture of India has been overshadowed by rapid urban
development in last few decades. In such a scenario, appreciation of architectural heritage in
contemporary work is a sustainable building challenge faced by the architectural fraternity. Indian
architecture of the 21st century witnesses numerous projects that claim to ‘interpret’ and ‘manifest’
traditional architectural styles, the inherited including Colonial, Greek and Roman, and the indigenous
such as the Rajputana. However, a closer look at most modern ‘imitative’ works highlights that only a
handful of parameters have been given due importance in this appreciation, while numerous other
significant parameters face complete neglect. The research questions our methods of interpreting the
traditional built environment and processes of inheriting from our legacies, with a wider intent to
prevent further dilution of the architectural style they refer to. Design values, principles and elements in colonial architecture by Lutyens have been identified, and compiled for reference of modern Indian
architects, so as to avoid notable gaps in the process of translation.

Keywords: Architectural Symbolism; Colonial Architecture; Traditional Built Environment.


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