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Madras the Architectural Heritage by K. Kalpana
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Jan 25, 2012

it was amazing

This is perhaps the best guidebook for the city of Madras. The authors have documented hundreds of heritage buildings around the city and provided detailed maps and in many cases architectural plans of these buildings. The book divides the city by area (adyar, georgetown, chintadripet, triplicane, etc. ) and delves into the architectural history of each area and also for each building. There are suggested walking routes for each area with the buildings in the book clearly indicated on maps.

Additionally there is a lot of information about areas which are not "architecturally important" - for e.g. there is a history provided for the nochikuppam area -- the name for the fishermans village near the marina (behind Santhome). This area in particular is a stark reminder of urban planning failures in the city.
The fishermen were resettled in the 80s into 3 story apartments which was completely impractical for their use, since they had livestock and need a place to dry their fish. This housing estate was destroyed by the tsunami of 2004, and the new resettlement program still intends to build "apartments". This is a universal story - and i have seen much the same happen in other parts of the world (e.g. in Ethiopia, i found pastoralists who were 'resettled' in apartment like housing )

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