I write for two reasons, one personal and the other public.  The personal reason is one must always indulge in some activity that resists and critiques one’s practice, else practice will degenerate to a habitual reproduction of the familiar.  Critical energy occurs when theory critiques practice, and practice critiques theory, and my personal balance depends on the continuity of this conversation.  But this conversation becomes self-indulgent if it is merely personal, so it must also have a public face.  Practice, since it results in constructed work, is by nature in the public domain.  To give writing this public face, I seek to publish my writing to a wider constituency.  For many years, this was in a formal academic style in the form of conference papers and magazine articles. 

Recently, I realised that the public conversation of writing could acquire a deeper nuance and better continuity if it could be less formal, so for the last couple of years I have also started to write two blogs: one on WordPress on architecture and urbanism and another on Medium which is on politics, philosophy and culture.

Publications by Prem Chandavarkar

Chandavarkar, Prem. "Notes on the Ethics of Studying Vernacular Architecture." In 5th International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements. ISVS. Colombo, Sri Lanka: University of Moratuwa, 2010.

Chandavarkar, Prem. "The ‘Background’ in Bangalore; Architecture and Critical Resistance in a New Modernity." Architectural Design 77, no. 6 (2007): 78-83.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Regulating Architectural Education in India, an Approach Paper. New Delhi: Architexturez Imprints, 2004.

Chandavarkar, Prem. "Urban Space and the Urban Activist." In Celebrating Chandigarh: Fifty Years of the Idea. CCA., 1999.

Chandavarkar, Prem. "Notes on the Aesthetics of Absorption." In disContinuous Threads - Memory, Freedom, and Architecture in Contemporary India. MPCVA. Mumbai, India: Mohile Parikh Centre for the Visual Arts, 1997.

Chandavarkar, Prem. "Architecture and the Expression of Meaning." Architecture + Design IV, no. 5 (1988): 94-99.

Meetings, Discussions and Interventions

Chandavarkar, Prem, Ravindra Punde, Prasad Shetty, Manish Gulati, Biju Kuriakose, Madhu Pandit, Arunav Dasgupta, Rohan Shivkumar, and Sabareesh Suresh. Architecture: Challenges and Opportunities - A panel discussion held at the annual conference of the National Association of Students of Architecture at Kochi, Edited by Nirmal Kulkarni. INDES, 2018.

Chauhan, Muktirajsinghji, Prem Chandavarkar, and Pratyush Shankar. Notes on the Indian Architecture Workshop, Edited by MN Ashish Ganju. GREHA. New Delhi, 2006.

Menon, Anjali Kondur, K.S. Ananthakrishna, Hareesh Asnani, Arun Balan, Arunjot Singh Bhalla, Prem Chandavarkar, Edgar Demello, Anil Dube, Tony Kunnel George, Nisha Mathew-Ghosh et al. Panel Discussion on Architecture and the City: a Bangalore perspective, Edited by Bijoy Ramachandran. Bangalore, India: Hundredhands, 2005.

Web-Published Texts

Chandavarkar, Prem. Architectural Education in India: A Roadmap to Reform In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2018. (Original Publication: Indian Architect & Builder, Vol. 26(12), August 2013)

Chandavarkar, Prem. To Design So As To Sustain In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2018.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Some Advice When Applying for Internship in an Architectural Firm in India In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Changing Demographics of the Architectural Profession in India In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. "Art and Life, a talk on the theme of “Renaissance: Art, Philosophy and Life”." In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Architecture, Worship, Ritual and Time In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Architectural Education and Regulating Architecture in India In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. On the Value of Vastu In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Are Architectural Internships Necessary? In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Some Thoughts for the Entering Student of Architecture In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Nine Lessons for a Young Architect In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. What is Heritage? In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. The Right to Teach In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. On Big Data and Post-Truth In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2017.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Urbanisation in India: Some Critical Issues In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2016.

Chandavarkar, Prem. Must Rhodes Fall? In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2016.

Chandavarkar, Prem. The Dance of Authenticity In Musings on Architecture and Urbanism. Bengaluru, 2015.