India is a land of rich history, and the varied architecture across the country is a testament to that. Architecture across the length and breadth of India tells a story of the ancient civilizations, religious diversity, of rulers and dynasties that lived here, and external influences owing to an era of colonization.
However, with the winds of change brought upon by economic growth and technological disruption, India is also proof of how architecture here is evolving with time. State-of-the-art infrastructure with world-class buildings and skyscrapers are a norm across India’s top cities that are telling of the vast and unprecedented growth that the country has seen over the past few decades.
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Indian Architecture – A History
The earliest known forms of Indian architecture date to at least 5500 years ago. There were well-planned cities like Harappa and Mohen-Jodaro that were urbanized, replete with proper drainage and water supply systems even during the Indus Valley Civilization in India that existed from 3300BCE to 1300BCE.
Indian temple architecture designs are famous across the world for the design intricacies and the sheer size. Over the years, architecture in India underwent transition reflecting the cultural ideologies and art interests of multiple dynasties, kingdoms, rulers, and even colonial architecture that exists to date in the country. During the rule of Mughals, tombs, minarets, and gigantic gateways were built as a reflection of Indo-Islamic architecture. The British rule brought the Victorian and Georgian style buildings to be erected in Indian cities like Calcutta, Madras, Bombay, and Delhi. It is safe to say, India is among the very few countries which have a rich architectural heritage as well – absorbing multiple cultures without losing on its original roots.
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Architecture in Present-Day India
In the last 70 years, architecture in the Indian landscape has evolved to match the urban settings, lifestyle, the influence of technology, and is increasingly inclined towards accommodating green buildings and sustainability.
The last seven decades have witnessed an immense evolution of architecture in India. With changing times and technological influences, the buildings in present–day India reflect the ethos of growth and expansion. Be it business parks, university buildings, or residential areas – urban planners prefer designs that are practical, futuristic, and sustainable.
Global exposure has thus changed the way Indian buildings look. From luxury homes to brick buildings, to glass architecture, to designer buildings, India has them all.
Understanding New India
Alan Rosling, Author of ‘Boom Country: The New Wave of Indian Enterprise,’ says India is the biggest, fastest-growing emerging market in the world.
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