An 8-week course by Dr Anuradha Chatterjee on the 'Public Life of in-between Elements in Historic Architecture

The research project aims to uncover a theoretical history of the elements of the darwaza, the chaukhat, and the jharoka in Historic architecture, which mark and celebrate the passage between the private and public realms. It positions these readings in the contemporary field of surface studies that refocuses surface as the substance of and spatial. In essence, the learner would be writing a mini theoretical history of architectural elements, which would be assisted by but not limited to formalist and historical readings. The scope of the study may cut across periods, styles, and regions―imperatives that would typically confine the writing or the re-writing of architectural history. The purpose is not to dehistoricize these elements, but to lift off the ‘burden of history’ momentarily, to unlock the potentiality of this ‘past.’   Participants will aim to go beyond description and documentation and make a leap in suggesting a new or alternative meaning, thinking closely about the ways in which these so-called decorative elements do more than decorate: they articulate a connection between the private and the public, as well as position the exterior to the public life in/of the city.  

By focusing on elements that are neither inside nor outside (Chaukhat, Darwaza, Jharokha, and others), the course will allow learners to explore histories and theories locked within the fabric of historic buildings in a focused manner, and move away from reliance on an exclusively text and classroom based education in architectural history.

Who should enroll?

B. Arch (fourth and final year); Masters students, and graduates of B. Arch and M. Arch looking for an edge in preparing for research fellowships Scholarships for Masters or PhD, or who are thinking of entering teaching and Teachers interested in Anuradha's methodology.