The Structure explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.
The Structure features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through rich photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, as well as an illustrated complete list of Raj’s works.
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About the Author
Vandini Mehta is an architect and urban researcher. Rohit Raj Mehndiratta is an architect and urban designer. Ariel Huber trained as an architect and specializes in architectural photography.
Table of Contents
My Initiation into Structural Engineering
Hall of Nations and Halls of Industries
A case study by Mahendra Raj
The Structural Poetry of Mahendra Raj
Interview by Sanjay Prakash
Engineering a Nation
Interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Understanding a Practice
The Politics of Engineered Forms
Between BV Doshi and Mahendra Raj
Chronology of Works