Sem 05 / Culture and Builtform

South Asian Architecture and Urbanism

Rupali Gupte

The South Asian Architecture and Urbanism course at SEA aims to develop conceptualizations of architecture in the region. The course begins with discussing the problems with present historiographies of South Asian Architecture and Urbanism and goes on to developing conceptual categories through which a new critical understanding of architecture and urbanism in South Asia may be formulated. The course seeks to build capacity in students to  analyse and critique architectural, artistic and spatial works and practices through an understanding of their form and contexts. As part of the course students built an archive of contemporary architecture from 2010 to the present across 7 countries in South Asia and 28 states in India. The guiding question they used to analyse the work was, ‘ - What form of life does the particular configuration of space afford?’.  The students read critical texts on South Asian Architecture and Urbanism to be able to work out this analysis.

Some responses can be found here:

  1. Lothitha Rao: Bayalpata Hospital, Nepal
  2. Swara Chavan: School for Visually Impaired, Gandhinagar, India 
  3. Neha Madholkar: Aatam Hostel, Kota, Rajasthan, India
  4. Prarthana Shah: Supreme Court of Bhutan, Thimpu, Bhutan, 
  5. Parth Kochrekar: Shiladevi Primary School, Nepal
  6. Varun Shetty: British High Commission, Sri Lanka
7. Sahil Sawant: Friendship Centre, Bangladesh,