Of all the cities founded by the British in the colonial era, Bombay (now known as Mumbai) has most captured the imagination of writers. Over the past decade or so it has served as one of the primary subjects of a rich body of scholarship that vastly expands our understanding of the complexities of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century colonial cities in South Asia. This scholarship shows the important role of local populations in the making, imagining, and inhabiting of the colonial city, thus not only providing compelling insights into the architecture and urbanism of this era but also adding nuance to our understanding of colonial processes that shaped the urban environment. Nikhil Rao’s House, but No Garden, which focuses on the construction and inhabitation of apartments as a new residential mode of dwelling as well as on global processes of suburbanization, is an important contribution to this emerging body...
Review: House, but No Garden: Apartment Living in Bombay’s Suburbs, 1898–1964, by Nikhil Rao
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Preeti Chopra; Review: House, but No Garden: Apartment Living in Bombay’s Suburbs, 1898–1964, by Nikhil Rao. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2015; 74 (4): 508–509. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2015.74.4.508
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