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The Structure

Works of Mahendra Raj

The Structure explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.

The Structure features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through rich photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, as well as an illustrated complete list of Raj’s works.

428 pages | 267 color plates, 303 halftones | 7 1/2 x 10 | © 2016

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
                Mark Jarzombek
                Abba Tor
My Initiation into Structural Engineering
                Mahendra Raj
Hall of Nations and Halls of Industries
                A case study by Mahendra Raj
The Structural Poetry of Mahendra Raj
                Interview by Sanjay Prakash
Engineering a Nation
                Interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Understanding a Practice
                Neekanth Chhaya
The Politics of Engineered Forms
                Jaimini Mehta
A Conversation
                Between BV Doshi and Mahendra Raj
Staff Credits
Chronology of Works
Drawing Credits
Photo Credits

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