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Volume 68 Number 1, September 2016

Water Design

Environment and Histories

Edited by:  Jutta Jain-Neubauer

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $70 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   144 pages, 140 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-83243-14-3  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    Much can be learnt from India’s rich systems of harvesting and distributing rainwater and groundwater through a variety of architecture, some of which are engineering and aesthetic marvels. The essays here, written by specialists from around the world, adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, bringing together older research and new findings. They look at the structural and aesthetic figurations of waterscapes and reveal how these fit within a larger cultural and spiritual worldview. The monuments discussed span a host of regions and are viewed from various perspectives: How were their artistic and ornamental characteristics related to the prevailing local practices of a particular region? What were the hydro-technical skills that went into these creations? What was their connection to their surrounding rural or urban topography? How did they become ritual sites and markers of social segregation or integration?

    In present times, when climate change and water conservation are among the most pressing issues, this book is particularly relevant in drawing attention to historical models that could provide valuable insight and inspiration for future solutions.

    Jutta Jain-Neubauer has been engaged with the study of water and architecture in various regions of India for more than 35 years, starting with her pioneering work on The Stepwells of Gujarat in Art-historical Perspective (1981).


    Jutta Jain-Neubauer

    Urban Planning at Bundi: Subterranean Water Structures
    Divay Gupta

    Jaigarh in Amber: Techniques of Water Harvesting
    Rajendra Singh Khangarot

    Ecomoral Aesthetics at Mathura’s Vishram Ghat: Three Ways of Seeing a River
    Sugata Ray

    “Waters should be made to flow...”: Babur’s Obsession with Running Water
    Jutta Jain-Neubauer

    Barapula Nallah and Its Tributaries: Watershed Architecture in Sultanate and Mughal Delhi
    James L. Wescoat Jr.

    Jaipur’s Waterscape: A Cultural Perspective
    Monika Horstmann

    Jaina Sites: Water Structures and Symbolism
    Julia A.B. Hegewald

    Water in South Indian Temples: Tirthas, Tanks and Vasanta-Mandapas
    Anila Verghese

    Ellora-Khuldabad-Daulatabad: Water and Sacred Spaces
    Yaaminey Mubayi