Monthly Archives: August 2015

Architecture Tour: Otto Koenigsberger: Building Bangalore in the 1940s

Dr Rachel Lee will be leading a tour of Otto Koenigsberger’s buildings in Bangalore on 3rd September – a rare treat to learn more about Koenigsberger’s work in Mysore state. Dr Lee’s PhD was dedicated to Koenigsberger’s work in India and she is about to publish a monograph on her findings very soon- which we are very much looking forward to and will announce further details here…..

Otto Koenigsberger with Nehru, Amrit Kaur and Mountbatten

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Tour Start Point: 1:00 p.m. at the Pavilion in M. N. Krishna Rao Park

Tour End Point: 5:00 p.m. at IISc CCS

To register, contact: +919880347794 OR 080-49000812-ext 836  or email: 

Last day for registration: 1 September 2015.

To view the poster and for more details see: Rachel Lee Walk

Envisioning the Indian City

Tuesday 18th August 2015

The second day opened with two papers addressing the architectural development and planning of Chandigarh. Iain Jackson (Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool) explored the overlooked and quotidian portions of the city in his paper, ‘Chandigarh Dwellings: Ghastly Good Taste or Flamboyant Modernism’. Departing from the over-cited work on the city by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, he detailed his early research into private developments which have avoided similar ossification. 

His documentation of these private dwellings showed idiosyncratic modification contra to the city’s founding vision. Discussing this independence from the Government’s arbitration of taste and aesthetic agenda, Jackson proposed a series of classifications including Punjabi Baroque. He stated that this peacock flamboyancy and non-utilitarian adaptation showed Chandigarh remained open, unresolved and signalled the failure of modernist notions of ‘home’. 

New Chandigarh villa New Chandigarh villa

Melissa Smith (Banduksmith Studio/Visiting Faculty, CEPT…

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Envisioning the Indian City





The third ETIC international workshop was inaugurated by Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri, Emeritus Professor of English and well-known urban historian. Supriya Chaudhuri (ETIC project lead, Jadavpur) thanked the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University, for hosting the two days and communicated apologies on behalf of Professor Nandini Das (ETIC project lead, University of Liverpool). 

Narayani Gupta (Formerly Professor, Department History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia)  opened the first panel. ‘The Denial of History’ discussed the lost traces of Delhi’s cross-cultural connect throughout its ‘planning’ historiography. Delhi was depicted as an open city, attracting cosmopolitan migration including Armenian and Afghani communities, but Gupta commented on the lack of social historical interest in this multi-layered past. As Delhi gets reported in political terms, using phrases such as Lodi Dehli…

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 Architectural Theory Review Special Issue Call for Papers: Africa Critical (Vol. 20, No. 3)

Unlike every other populated continent, Africa retains a monolithic description that flattens and abrogates the complexities inherent across its 54 countries. The connotations of the name bear witness to a phantasmatic mobility for which crises have opened various regions to reinvention via mediated spectacle, while also occluding the hegemonies of imperialism and its afterlives. Such transfers, intensified during the violent insurgencies of colonial possession and subsequent ethnic conflicts, has continued into the twenty-first century at an alarmingly rapid pace affecting how and why power is reified among urban centres. Competing ventures, including the fabrication of new infrastructures, unlimited mineral processing and the (de)mobilisation of humanitarian aid all can be read as dynamic indexes of those “networks of concrete becoming” (AbdouMaliq Simone) which quickly eschewed lingering colonial systems in favour of the global. We seek to interrogate how the mapping of environmental impacts and encoding of borders dismantle the “invisible” systems (Filip de Boeck) that once connoted security and development in the post-colony.

This issue invites essays that investigate how displacements such as the phenomena of sovereignty, citizenship, the deployment of health systems, the radicalisation of race and gender, and the manifestations of diaspora are registered in the built environment. More broadly, the issue seeks contributions that reflect on how architecture, art, and landscape confront such divisive forms on the African continent while ensnaring agendas of the everyday.

Africa Critical will attempt to recentre Africa as a source for and mirror of a spatial politics that is rendering a new map of global capital. How can humanistic inquiries begin to move away from the monumental to suggest a holistic yet critical mode to address these incursions? This issue commences with the unmitigated resourcing of Africa throughout history as a platform for staging an alternative reading of global modernity.

Architectural Theory Review, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996 and now in its twentieth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural theory in the Australasian region. Published by Taylor & Francis in print and online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging, and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a rigorous process of blind peer review.

Enquiries about this special issue theme, and possible papers, are welcome, please email the editor, Sean Anderson:
urther details are also posted on 

***The deadline is 26th August 2015 – but please do contact Sean Anderson if you need a short extension….***

French Books on India

Have you ever wanted a complete bibliography of books written in French on the topic of India from 1754-1954? If so, this resource is for you. Ian Magedera and team have painstakingly compiled the data and it is now available on-line, with regular updates as new volumes are discovered. Links are also provided to google books and other repositories to the texts making this a very useable and important collection.

The Bibliography is available here: