God’s own Urbanity

Shetty, Deepika (2007) God’s own Urbanity. Indian Architect and Builder, 20 (12). pp. 75-79.

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India tells story of many generations simultaneously with heritage and culture having roots in the ancient past as well as traces of the present. This evolution and patterns are unique to the landform and the culture of the particular place. There would be similarities in its generic meaning and translations of local nature in these places. In this discussion one such living tradition of ‘ratha beedi’(car street) in the coastal belt of Karnataka in Udupi district is taken and a comparative of three cases is taken with the ancient generator being similar the recent interventions and context being very different. The three cases at Udupi, Brahmavara and Barkur have the origin of a Shiva temple (belonging to 9 th cent A.D.) of the same hierarchy (of regional importance), the ‘ratha beedi’ defined with the small residential development around belonging to the ancient times (of 12-14th Cent. A.D.) The three differ as one at Udupi has become a part of district head quarters and a very popular pilgrim destination as it is the origin of Madhvacharya’s Dwaitya philosophy, the other at Brahmavara has become a regional town centre with the national highway close to it and finally the third one which was an ancient capital port town but today is a very small town serving the agricultural settlement scattered in the surrounding area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated planning, traditional town structure, Udupi District, Ratha beedhi
Subjects: Architecture > MSAP Manipal
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 08:16
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 08:16
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/138396

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