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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Committee Member

Janet White

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Mumbai 'the official name for Bombay' has adapted to various styles of architecture. 1830--1870 saw the Gothic Revival, followed by IndoSarcenic architecture in 1870--1900, followed by Edwardian and Art Deco styles (1920--1930) respectively. The present state of architecture in the city reflects a "failure" in of this process of adaptation. The architect's of Mumbai today pair neo-classical pseudo-Corinthian columns with ultra-modern circular windows and tops the ensemble with a Florentine dome, as if they were elements from a prefabricated catalogue. Lack of imagination is leading to the production of shoebox architecture or architecture that still copies and duplicates old classical elements in an irrelevant manner. There are a few indigenous Indian architects who are trying to create architecture, which Indians can identify with; they are creating architecture that is modern in construction technology as well as having Indian spirit. Few have succeeded in this attempt to create an architectural national identity after centuries of domination by the colonizing empire. Among the successful architects are Raj Rewal, Achyut Kandive, and Charles Correa. Analyzing the work of these masters and how they have applied traditional elements in their designs in a modern language would help to design principals that could be adopted within Mumbai to make the architecture more interesting and as well help the city to establish an identity and relate to buildings that are being built in the city of MumBai (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


Adaptability; Architecture; City; Indian; Mumbai; Traditional

Controlled Subject

Architecture; Ethnology

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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