A new book titled “NEW INDIAN ARCHITECTURE: 1947-2020", authored by Chandigarh-based architect Sarbjit Bahga and published by White Falcon Publishing, has recently been launched. It is one of the few Indian architecture publications in the post-Independence era. It features 104 projects designed by 15 foreign and 66 Indian architects. These projects have been grouped into 11 categories, i.e., Religious Buildings (5 Projects), Memorial Buildings (9 Projects), Cultural Buildings (14 Projects), Sports Buildings (6 Projects), Tourism and Recreational Buildings (9 Projects), Public Infrastructure (4 Projects), Agricultural Buildings (7 Projects), Residential Buildings (7 Projects), Educational Buildings (29 Projects), Healthcare Buildings (6 Projects), and Office Buildings (8 Projects). The projects are arranged in chronological order in each group so that changes and trends can become self-evident immediately.

The projects featured in the book are located at 46 locations (ranging from a tiny village to a megacity) in 19 States and Union Territories of India. These are spread over a vast area of the subcontinent from Leh in the north to Madurai in the south (3600 km), and Kolkata in the east to Gandhinagar in the west (2000 km). Conceived and built between 1947 to 2020 and scattered over three million square kilometres, these projects are hoped to present the vastness of architectural development in the country in the last seven decades truthfully.

The first chapter of the book, titled "Evolution of Architecture in India after Independence", dwells on the transition, development, and transformation of modern Indian architecture since 1947. It discusses and cites examples of many built projects during this period. Also included in this chapter is the discussion about the "Search for Regional Identity". It throws light on the role of a few leading architects belonging to the first and second generation of modern architects in the Post-Independent India and how they have successfully adapted the principles of modern architecture to suit the local conditions vis-à-vis climate, locale, construction technique and materials besides the aspirations of people. Examples of many buildings designed by such architects have been included in this chapter for a quick overview of the entire process of the transformation of architecture. This section takes the reader on a journey from the first generation of modern architects in Post-Independent India to the third generation of architects.

This lavishly produced 470-page book includes 765 photographs and 225 drawings sufficient to understand the projects.

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1. Evolution Of Architecture in India After Independence.
2. Religious Buildings (5 Projects)
3. Memorial Buildings (9 Projects)
4. Cultural Buildings (14 Projects)
5. Sports Buildings (6 Projects)
6. Tourism & Recreational Buildings (9 Projects)
7. Public Infrastructure (4 Projects)
8. Agricultural Buildings (7 Projects)
9. Residential Buildings (7 Projects)
10. Educational Buildings (29 Projects)
11. Healthcare Buildings (6 Projects)
12. Office Buildings (8 Projects)

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Cite: "NEW INDIAN ARCHITECTURE: 1947-2020 " 31 May 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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