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Entrance spaces of palaces in India
Hi im doing my 4TH YEAR OF ARCHITECTURE...IM DOING DISSERTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "ENTRANCE SPACES OF PALACES IN INDIA" I SEEK HELP BADLY AS I DON FIND ANY RELEVANT/PROPER INFORMATIONS REGARDING THE TOPIC. CAN U SUGGEST ME ANY WEBSITES OR TOPICS TO COVER......YELLOWXANTH92@GMAIL.COM
Poornima Kalyan
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Entrance spaces of palaces in India
Hi, firstly don't panic. Find the nearest public library or architectural library and go through the books. Go to Google, then to Google Books and type in keywords relating to your topic, all the best.
Husni Hassan
Entrance spaces of palaces in India
actually my topic has been modified...im doing evolution of entrance spaces of all the building types in india....so can u help out in this
Poornima Kalyan
Entrance spaces of palaces in India
Poornima, sounds like a interesting study in cultural spatial morphology.
Frank John Snelling
Entrance spaces of palaces in India
aww thanku john!!! can u suggestion reg the topic
Poornima Kalyan
Entrance spaces of palaces in India
can u elaborate on how i should start the topic...john
Poornima Kalyan
Entrance spaces of palaces in India
Poornima, Like to share few points, could be helpful initiate your research. You can even elaborate them further for comprehensive study.
1- Nature of building (i.e. palaces, hospitals, schools etc)
2- Geographical location (especially considering palaces and forts)
3- Overall feeling (like excitement or fair or any other) & Impact of its size (grandness/monumental scale)
4- Use of Light, sound, water bodies and other architectural elements.
5- Its evolution with respect to change in security concerns in past and present.
6- Impact & use of Construction techniques and material in past and present.
Muhammad Wajahat Khan
Entrance spaces of palaces in India
Poornima, a entrance into any space is also an exit out of another space. In our modern times, doorways, windows and other "holes in the envelope" tend to be addresed on a purely functional level without any ornamentation and this is sufficient for everyday use.

But entrances and entrance spaces which were designed in the past were designed to address both the culture and social order of that time and therefore you need to be aware not only of the existence of that culture and social order, but also the differences between then and now. Similarly, you need to be aware of of the organisation and operation of that culture and that social order.

And when you are aware of the above, then the ghosts of the people past will move naturally and normally through these entrances and spaces and make sense or perhaps make more sense.

For instance, upon a purely functional level, consider the entrance to a modern day "gated community". If unmanned, there is a locked sideways-sliding gate with a electronic equipment to remotely observe, communicate and open the gate. Or if manned, a security guard in a booth with a lifting pole barrier.

Therefore, for a palace in the past before electronic and electrical equipment, then there would have been both guards and messengers at or near the entrance.

And of course most entrances would usually have an entrance large enough for horse-drawn wheeled traffic (chariots, carts, waggons, etc), and a much smaller wicket gate for foot traffic.
Frank John Snelling
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