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In CONCEPTS OF SPACE IN TRADITIONAL INDIAN ARCHITECTURE (Mapin, $35), Yatin Pandya rubbishes the cut-and-dried way historians, archaeologists and anthropologists look at ancient Indian constructions and suggests we try and understand the correlation between 'spatial attributes and human behaviour'. Buildings, he believes, emote purely at a 'human plane, making unnecessary any cultural conditioning or prior knowledge of the context.' And yet he goes on to provide the historical context, detailed plans and their analysis of the four structures he selects for study ' the Rudabai Stepwell at Adalaj (both pictures), the Kailash temple at Ellora, the Sun temple of Modhera and the Sarkhej Rauza in Ahmedabad. Pandya also explores contemporary local and domestic spaces. What rankles is his attempt to separate history and tradition.

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