The richly illustrated bookk carefully situates architecture, design, and urban planning within Kolkata's political economy and social milieu.
Kolkata, urbanism, architecture, urban planning, history
Table of contents:
Acknowledgement[-]Dedication[-]List of Illustrations[-][-]Chapter 1: Overture[-]Introduction[-]Scope of the Book[-]Analytical Framework[-]The Concept of the State in India[-]Socialism, Communism and Marxism[-]Data Sources[-]Organisation of the Book[-][-]Chapter 2: Colonising Kolkata: From a City of Huts to a City of Palaces[-]Founding of Kolkata[-]Kolkata's Early Urbanism[-]Spatial Restructuring of Kolkata and the Emergence of Social and Political Control as the Dominant Planning Paradigm City of Palaces[-]Kolkata's Transformation to City of Palaces[-]Emergence of Architecture as a Symbol of Power[-]Creating a Healthier and Beautiful City for the British: Emergence of a New Paradigm for Planning[-]Early Municipal Administration in Kolkata 87[-]The Rise of the British and Demise of other European Settlements around Kolkata 88[-]Haora's Urbanism 93[-][-]Chapter 3: Building a Neo-Classical, Beautiful, and Clean City: The Rise and Decline of British Imperial Urbanism[-]Consolidation of British Power: Making Kolkata a Neo-Classical City[-]The Neo-Classical Architectural Influence on the Bengali Elite[-]Orientalist Discourse on Architecture and Kolkata[-]The Absence of Indo-Saracenic Style in Kolkata[-]Victoria Memorial Hall: Neo-Classical Revival in Kolkata[-]Modern Indian Architecture Movement[-]Limited Modernism in Kolkata[-]Transforming Kolkata into a Cleaner and Healthier City for the British[-]Shifting the Discourse to Bustees as Source of Diseas[-]The Calcutta Improvement Trust and E. P. Richards's Plan for Kolkata[-]Sir Patrick Geddes's Plan for Burra Bazaar[-]Racial Segregation[-]Municipal Administration in Kolkata and Expansion of its Boundaries[-]Haora's Transformation to Coolie Town[-][-]Chapter 4: Decolonising Kolkata: From an American Planning Paradigm to a Marxist City [-]Chandigarh: A Defining Moment in India's Search for Post-Colonial Urbanism[-]Revivalist Architecture and the Search for Post-Colonial Architectural Identity[-]Lack of a Search for Post-Colonial Architecture in Kolkata[-]In Search of a Post-Colonial Planning: An Overview[-]The Initial Acts of Decolonisation in Kolkata[-]Material Legacies of Colonial Planning and Kolkata's Post-Colonial Urban Problems[-]Political Economy of Post-Colonial Kolkata and its Urban Problems[-]Administrative Structure and Continuation of Colonial Legacy in the Immediate Post-Colonial Period[-]Western Discourse on Kolkata and Advent of Western Planning[-]Calcutta Metropolitan Planning Organisation (CMPO) and the Export of American Planning Paradigm to Kolkata[-]The Fear of Communism and Formation of KMDA[-]Infiltration of Grassroots Space by CPI-M and Its Allies[-]New Towns around Kolkata[-]Haora's Post-Colonial Urbanism[-][-]Chapter 5: Globalising Kolkata: A Late Bloomer[-]Emergence of New Market-Driven Architectural Forms in India[-]Why Kolkata Became a Late Bloomer[-]Making Kolkata Attractive to Capital: Operation Sunshine and Proposal to Remove Rickshaw Pullers[-]Singur and Nandigram: The Changing Priorities of the Left Front[-]Kolkata's Population Growth, Territorial Changes, and Administrative Structure[-]Liberalisation and the Changing Role of KMDA and KMC[-]Kolkata's Private Townships and Gated Communities: Emergence of Real Estate-Driven Development[-]Kolkata's Office Buildings for the Service and Financial Sectors, SEZs, and IT Parks and Complexes Shopping Malls[-]Emergence of New Planning Paradigms: State-Regulated Townships and Private Townships[-]Rajarahat[-]Haora's Global Urbanism[-]Kolkata West International City[-][-]Chapter 6: Concluding Remarks[-][-]Glossary of Terms[-]List of Abbreviations[-]Bibliography[-]Index[-]
Siddhartha Sen is the Interim Assistant Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA. He is a recognized scholar on Indian urbanization and the nonprofit sector in India.