These courses are a part of the History & Theory Academics/TVB-SHS devleoped by AB-A for TVB School of Habitat Studies in New Delhi. The two courses presented here were offered at the end. Both ran for thirty six lectures, spanning two semesters, and the primary goal was to develop intuitions in a certain way. [ 1 ]
The author recognises a number of shortcomings with these courses, written in '94. They are burdened by the then impinging questions, the ideas they contain have since been simplified and made transmissible, the course structures are simply not elegant enough. They were born of an anger bordering on frustration as one observed one's surroundings. And the developments of that time: India was being 'liberalised', the media hype over the new market economies [called 'free' markets] almost nauseating; and then there was this "nationalism" of a single-minded, fundamenalist kind.
The method chosen was an already exploited one: to construct a dynamic couple. To construct a 'theory' course based on the principles of consistency: tracing to origin ideas still used by the work people. Ideas that could be expressed in the common tongue. Pointing at that which has almost always remained the same: principles of Organisation, Power, Knowledge, techniques of Representation in their consistency. And one constructed a history course based on the same principles, but focussing on the discontinuities, the ruptures, the shifts.
The two courses are presented here for review. They are to be extensively revised.
This course took the year of Indiaís accession to the Empireóthe event of colonisation, 1857, as the Year Zero. It is written as an analysis of power-relations centred around the Act of Building. A history of the Organisation[s] resulting in the Act of Building, this is not a compact listing and 'talk' about influential buildings and architects. "This is a history of expectations and desires vested into the architectural. . . ., this is a history of the methods of architectural production. . . "