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How to Build an Indian House

The Mumbai Example

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Written by the 2019 winner of the Beazley Design of the Year (category architecture) and the ArchDaily Building of the Year" (category of Educational Architecture)

> With a foreword from Dick van Gameren, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft

> A handbook for academics as well as practitioners

> Have a look at the LIVECAST and book launch, Pakhuis de Zwijger

How to Build an Indian House focuses on one of India’s perennial and most daunting questions: mass housing. It documents, analyses and represents robust and ingenious examples of different housing types in the city. Along with the documentary drawings and photographs, international award winning author and architect Sameep Padora developed a series of analytical models in order to understand the unique spatial organization and infrastructure in these residential building typologies.

This documentation is particularly pertinent today, given the critical need to address the issue of housing in India and in many other parts of the world. Since this subject is of immense interest to professionals and students alike, the cases studied here range from residential typologies in Mumbai, such as the chawls (originally workers’ housing that has morphed into vibrant communities), to more hybrid examples such as the Swadeshi Market, which demonstrates an interesting multiuse building. These Mumbai typologies challenge architects, planners and designers everywhere to test their imagination in thinking about affordable housing.

The present publication is a handbook for academics as well as practitioners: designers could use it to compare and discern efficiencies and various ratios that can inform the process of other design exercises.

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ISBN 978-94-6208-553-4 | June 2020 | available | Sameep Padora | design: sPare | photography: Kunal Bhatia | English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 288 pages | illustrated (250 full color) | in conjunction with: the NGMA Mumbai, the Urban Design Research Institute

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