Building Modern India

Permanent Black bring out the paperback version of Jon Lang's A Concise History of Modern Architecture in India an invaluable book for those who want to understand the geography of their cities, as well as for students of Indian architecture. In lucid language that speaks to laymen and architects alike, Jon Lang provides a history of Indian architecture in the twentieth century.

Lang, who was born in Calcutta was Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and earlier Director of the Urban Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 1970 to 1990.

Here he analyses its tangled developments from the founding of the Indian Institute of Architects during the 1920s to the present diversity of architectural directions. He describes the often contradictory tugs of the international and the local as he reviews architects’ efforts to be up-to-date in their work.

Lang examines the early influences on Indian architecture both of movements like the Bauhaus as well as prominent individuals like Habib Rehman, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. He looks at monuments, museums, resettlement colonies, housing, offices and movie halls all over India in his wide-ranging survey. Over 150 photographs and line drawings explain and illustrate concepts outlined in the text.

In our Architecture section, in paperback 214 pages, Rs 695. ISBN 9788178243054