Letters to a Young Architect

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This book is a memoir of Christopher Benninger’s life in India and his views on architecture and urban issues. Summary Of The Book Letters To A Young Architect is an autobiography of Christopher Benninger’s journey from America to India. It is a narrative on how architecture shaped him to be the man he is today and the experiences he had in his journey. The book is an amalgamation of his experiences that range from looking back at all that he has learned in architecture, modernism, issues in urban planning that plague India, probable solutions, till the time he was given the Great Master's Award. Benninger talks about the people he met beginning with Jose Luis Sert, whom he studied under, and moves on to Walter Gropius, Buckminster Fuller and Arnold Toynbee and the effect their passion for humanity had on other people. He talks about the places he visited and how his experiences changed him. He moves on to his style of architecture, describing in detail, features he looks to incorporate into his design like blending in local motifs and signs. He talks about linking indoor activities with external settings and creating designs that are compatible with Indian weather conditions. It is this blend of American principles and Asian styles that makes his style of architecture unique. He lays emphasis on coming up with designs that minimize power consumption during construction and maintenance, on using local materials and designing structures in a way that lends a unique identity to the place and its residents. Benninger expresses concern about the way architecture is being taught. He explains that he is a firm believer of student-teacher traditions, values and practices and pays tribute to Balkrishna Doshi as an example of the Guru-Shishya tradition in India. He also expresses concern about urbanism and urban planning in the development of a new society. Few of the chapters of the book are Poverty Alleviation in Cities, Omens of a Magic Gift, The Design of Design, In Search of Architecture, Looking Back and Forward, The Beautiful Velvet Box, The Challenge and the Response, Five Myths which Plague Urban India, and Back to Basics. Letters To A Young Architect, published in 2011, was on the Top Ten Bestsellers list for 18 weeks. About Christopher Benninger Christopher Benninger is an American-Indian architect from the United States. He studied urban planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He moved to India in 1970 and founded the School of Planning at Ahmedabad. His prominent works include Mahindra United World College of India, Suzlon One Earth Headquarters, Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, National Ceremonial Plaza at Thimphu and India House, his own residence and studio. He is the recipient of the Great Master Architect Award and the Recognition of Excellence in Design Award. He runs a design studio called Christopher Charles Benninger Architects in Pune and Thimphu.

Amongst the Top Ten Best Selling Books, Non-Fiction in India for 18 running weeks, this is a must read for the layman and the architect alike. Born an American, celebrated in India as a leading architect and urbanist, Benninger possesses a sense of timelessness that spreads across oceans and over mountains. Letters to a Young Architect is a sensitive memoir of his life in India and his personal concerns about architectural theory and contemporary urban issues.

AuthorChristopher Benninger
Weight123 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages302
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2011-07-13
PublisherChristopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd
StudioChristopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd
Sales Rank38004

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General information about Letters to a Young Architect
  • The author associated with Letters to a Young Architect is Christopher Benninger.
  • The EAN for Letters to a Young Architect is 9788192156804.
  • The ISBN for Letters to a Young Architect is 819215680X.
  • The weight for Letters to a Young Architect is 123 g.
  • The language for Letters to a Young Architect is English.
  • The binding of Letters to a Young Architect is Paperback.
  • The number of pages for Letters to a Young Architect are 302.
  • Letters to a Young Architect is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Letters to a Young Architect is 2011-07-13.
  • The publisher for Letters to a Young Architect is Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd.
  • The producer for Letters to a Young Architect is Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd.
  • The sales rank for Letters to a Young Architect is 38004.