Theory and Criticism
Architecture of death, of life
There should be a difference between the structures embodying death and those embodying lives.

In fact, theory-wise, their properties should be opposite. Can anyone throw some light over this in Indian architecture, and mention books and other information related to this topic?
Meedu Damodaran
Architecture of death, of life
Why would a reversal be required? There would be as much similarity as difference in structures embodying death and life. Function/use is not the sole form giver.

If that were the case, places for work and play, for day and night, production and consumption, etc. should all have opposing properties.

If you are suggesting that funerary/mortuary complexes should have special qualities related to death, I would debate that these structures are also used by the living, and hence should not be morbid structures!

Some people talk of death and darkness; or dark cavernous interiors. Some of the most evocative dark spaces I have seen occur in the sanctums of temple complexes which are based on the idea of life (prana).

This is an interesting topic and it would be great to know how other cultures look at tombs/cemeteries/morgues, etc.
Vishwanath Kashikar
Architecture of death, of life
Regarding the architecture of life and death, one would agree with Vishwanath Kashikar--why should there be a total role reversal?

The importance of function in Islamic architecture granted, right from the Sultanate period, the royal and Sufi mausoleums incorporate the mihrab or prayer niche in the qibla wall in India. Or, mosque and mausoleum share a common wall, as in Sultan Hasan, Cairo.

--Mumtaz Currim, Mumbai.
Mumtaz Currim


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