Research article published in Architecture plus Design, A Journal of Indian Architecture, Vol. XIX No1 Jan-Feb 2002


Amongst all Indian cities Banaras has a special status with its unique characteristics. It is aptly known as the cultural capital of India. A close look at the history of its urban development explicitly indicates a steady loss of these unique attributes. Once the city of light is today a sprawling urban agglomeration offering a poor quality of life. Attempts for conservation of its cultural heritage have been object centric. The subtle relationship of the people with the object has often been neglected. Interventions have failed to acknowledge the delicate equilibrium of unique features like the Mohallas. The article explores this morphological unit – the mohalla, in a hope that a deeper look into the socio spatial building block will present new dimensions to be researched and the possibility of coming up with realistic solutions to social, cultural and physical problems of the city. 

Disclaimer: The article expresses individual views of the author. The rights to the content of the article rests with the author. All photographs are contributed by the author unless specified otherwise.

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