2016

20th Century Compulsions

Modern Indian Architecture from the Marg Archives
Edited by: Mustansir Dalvi
Binding: Softcover
Specifications: 156 pages 40 photographs and illustrations
ISBN: 978-93-83243-12-9
Dimensions: 215 x 140 mm

The spirit of architecture completely transformed in the 20th century and Marg  magazine, founded in 1946, was at the forefront of documenting that change. The leading lights of architecture in the world wrote significant short texts for Marg  that set forth not just an agenda for architecture that would shape the new India, but the habitats of a new world order. This anthology comprises a selection of these essays, as relevant now as they were when they first appeared.

The pieces are by influential figures like Le Corbusier, Otto Koenigsberger, Patrick Geddes, Eric Mendelsohn, Richard Neutra, Emily Polk, Durga Bajpai and Mulk Raj Anand himself, and are re-visited and reexamined for contemporary relevance.

Mustansir Dalvi, editor of this anthology, is Professor of Architecture at Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. He is an architect and author with a special interest in the development of Indian architecture in the penultimate decades before Independence. Amongst his many writings is an assessment in Marg of the impact Mulk Raj Anand had on Modern Architecture in India.

Introduction by Mustansir Dalvi

1. MARG - Modern Architectural Research Group
2. ANDREW BOYD - An Approach to Modern Indian Architecture
3. "SOLUS" - Design for Living: Present-day Trends in Architecture
4. EMILY POLK - A Building is an Experience
5. ERIC MENDELSOHN - The Great Adventure
6. MARG - A Note on Le Corbusier
7. LE CORBUSIER - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
8. DURGA BAJPAI - Co-operative Housing
9. A.B. SCHWARZ - New Bearings in Indian Architecture
10. MARG - Architectural Education in India
11. MARG - Twentieth Century Compulsions
12. MARG - Architecture and You
13. MARG - Planning and Dreaming
14. PERCY MARSHALL - The Need for Urban Planning in India
15. LEWIS MUMFORD - On the Life and Work of Patrick Geddes
16. PATRICK GEDDES - On Planning
17. PATRICK GEDDES - Trees and Open Spaces
18. RICHARD NEUTRA - City Planning and Architecture in India Today
19. MARG - Introduction to the Reports of the Greater Bombay Scheme
20. OTTO KOENIGSBERGER - The Greater Bombay Scheme
21. B.V. DOSHI - A Note on Le Corbusier
22. LE CORBUSIER - Urbanism
23. JANE DREW - On the Chandigarh Scheme
24. MARG - Living, Working, Care of Body and Spirit