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Outdoor space in the Indian context
Outdoor space in the Indian context 
Ranjit Sabiki 

Some of the more interesting projects of recent architecture reflect strong traditional influence. This influence has found expression in many different ways and is a manifestation of the richness and diversity of social and cultural conditions obtained across the country.
For many of us who started work in and around Delhi in the early sixties the traditional architecture of the Indo-Gangetic Valley has held considerable fascination. This induced the towns and cities of Rajasthan as well as the cities, palaces, forts and gardens of the Mughal era. The traditional cities of North India have a closely built organic structure with a dearly defined hierarchy of
open spaces. They are dense and compact constructions designed to effectively counteract the intense heat to which they are exposed for the major part of the year. The prevailing climate across the Indo-Gangetic Plains is one of extremes. Along hot and dry summer followed by a short period of heavy rains and then a cold and dry winter. In the desert regions the extremes are more
sharply defined and the variation between day and night temperatures is considerable. The strong sense of urbanity in desert settlements is further intensified and the towns and cities of Rajasthan are compressed and sophisticated exercises of townscape and urban design - exemplifying the best characteristics of traditional cities across the Northern belt of India.

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Manish Jain Luhadia 
B.Arch (hons.), M.Plan
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