Photographs by Massimo Sordi

Architectures to collect water in India express a search for spatiality that ventures beyond functional prerequisites to reveal a deep bond with water’s spiritual value, and rituals and practices related to water. 
Built from the 6th to the 20th centuries, they exemplify the crystallisation of models mainly attributable to the well and the cistern that today give back an architectural heritage as vast as it is singular, unfortunately largely abandoned. This book seeks to address a series of questions: though largely abandoned, can water structures continue to ensure the identitarian image of each environment and community? 
Furthermore, is there harmony between specific configurations—baolikund, and tank—and a architectural form, aimed at celebrating the void at the origin of everything?

Stefania Rössl
INDIA
WATER ARCHITECTURE
isbn 9788862425292
book series Alleli | Research
number 98
current edition 2 / 2022
first edition 2 / 2022
language Italian/English
size 22x22cm
pages 328
print color
binding paperback
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the author
Stefania Rössl is assistant professor in Architectural and Urban Composition at the Department of Architecture at the University of Bologna. Among the founders of OMNE, she coordinates projects on the transformation of the territory, focusing on the relationship between ar...

Stefania Rössl is assistant professor in Architectural and Urban Composition at the Department of Architecture at the University of Bologna. Among the founders of OMNE, she coordinates projects on the transformation of the territory, focusing on the relationship between architecture and contemporary landscape. Her research activity deals largely with Indian architecture and city. On this subject, she has published: India. Architettura Contemporanea, Motta-Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan 2009; Massimo Sordi. Indian Photographs (edited by), Alinea, Florence 2010; Housing in India. Charles Correa, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Raj Rewal, Quodlibet Studio, Macerata 2018. 

 

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