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October 12, 2008 11:32 PM   Subscribe

Contemporary architecture in India, a little look: Odd and unusual buildings l Mumbai 1, 2, 3 l Kerala backwaters l Kolkata l Architectural renderings from the Indian Skyscraper blog.

Scroll down for the lotus shaped Bahai Temple in Delhi. An index of links.
posted by nickyskye (12 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
As an architectural contrast afterthought, some of the temples of India.
posted by nickyskye at 11:43 PM on October 12, 2008

The perspective of those highrise photographs makes for an interesting effect when scrolling down the threads.

But I don't like this false-colour tonemapping style all that much.
posted by kolophon at 2:11 AM on October 13, 2008

From the Indian Skyscraper blog: this is gorgeous and is _exactly_ how I imagine (doomsday) Bombay to be, down to the Monsoon-laden clouds. I'd like to think of it as India's answer to this HDR net-classic showing NYC's skyline. :-)

Of course, as iconicity goes, Salgado's picture at VT is an old favourite.

Lots of known temples in that Mystic India thread, but with not-so-normal angles; works great as material for some trivia-based quiz in an Indian school, for example. :-) Too many comments to make out there, but I'll restrict myself to these two:-

a) This is such a cute picture, kids presumably changing their yagnopaveetam's on Sravana Purnima. Yagnopaveetam is, of course, a Brahmin thing; when you get your sacred-thread, you become an _adult_ and get all its associated trappings, one of them being the ability to spend time away from home and with your guru.

b) I don't know where this is from (one of the erstwhile princely states in Rajasthan/ MP, I presume), but this is a fantastic example of Raj-era syncretism in architecture. All those frilly facades and windows are ridiculously baroque, very continental in origin, but with moustachioed, turbaned guards as motifs, very Indian in execution. It even has flying angels in dhotis!

Finally, just to balance the Force, a thread on mosques in India. I'm a big, big fan of both sombre structures and fancy gumbad's (domes); grew up next to some impressive structures, so. :-)
posted by the cydonian at 4:06 AM on October 13, 2008 [1 favorite]

database error
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:49 AM on October 13, 2008

I'm getting 'database error' on every one of these links.
posted by marsha56 at 6:59 AM on October 13, 2008

Thanks for the wonderful comment, as usual, the cydonian.

Does anybody have an idea why there is a database error? All the links were working when I put up the post but now I get database error too. Perhaps the site will work in a few hours?
posted by nickyskye at 7:18 AM on October 13, 2008

PS, the cydonian, that pic you included of NYC is exactly where I live, in one of the little buildings in front, slightly to the left of the image. But if one goes up on the roof of my building that's basically the view. Lovely to see the Spanish Mosque in Hyderabad near where you grew up. See, like you, I like the somber, impressive, old fashioned buildings in India and am blown away by the new buildings, not in a good way especially.

At least one of the links is still working, the Architectural renderings from the Indian Skyscraper blog.
posted by nickyskye at 7:28 AM on October 13, 2008

I hope the links work again soon. This sounds really cool!
posted by Locative at 7:35 AM on October 13, 2008

YAYYYY!!! :)

The links are working again. *phew.
posted by nickyskye at 3:04 PM on October 13, 2008

Those backwaters, man, how I wish I was back there.

And Chowringee! Kolkata (and much of urban India) trumped my wildest dreams.
posted by ageispolis at 6:11 PM on October 13, 2008

I was in Delhi this past february for the first time in 14 years. The change in the outskirts is incredible. India just didn't have modern high rise or skyscrapers 14 years ago.
The Bahai Lotus temple with its surrounding are one one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in this chaotic, crazy city. Don't go on a Monday as I did this time, as you will be disappointed!
posted by adamvasco at 12:50 AM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]

nostalgia alert. pictures of temples in india make me happy.
posted by pedstel at 10:22 PM on October 14, 2008

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