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Title: The Wada of Maharashta, an Indian courtyard house form
Author: Gupta, Rupa Raje
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2007
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This study of the Wada of Maharashtra (India) attempts the first systematic overview of the courtyard house form in the present day state of Maharashtra, across its five traditional regions. Between 1700 AD and 1900 AD the wada received royal patronage and proliferated. It was first the Marathas, and later their successors the Peshwas, who patronized this house form which was found not only in Maharashtra but areas around as well, where their rule spread. Previous scholarships concentrated on small geographical regions, whereas this study attempts to evaluate the generalities and the variations across the entire state of Maharashtra. Regional and social variations have been identified while documenting 75 wadas across the five traditional regions of the state, covering over 30 towns. The data is organized in regional and sociological typologies, arriving at a classification of images, plans, sections and elevations. From this classification, the variables and commonalities become evident. These typologies have been studied in relation to the town plan, establishing a link with the broader urban context. Reasons for the development of the plan, its continuity and disruption, have been examined, while considering the determinants of space and form. Socio cultural, historical and geographical factors have been taken into account to understand their implications on space and form. The
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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