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Gender and the Built Environment in India

This essay results from the first hand experiences of the author with this behavioral pattern. It uses architectural documentation of a few houses in North India as a case study for analysis. It works on the premise that the built form is a close reflection of the social and economic dynamics of the society, and focuses only on the house form.

This essay, however, consciously limits its discussion to the spatial and political characteristics of architecture and does not attempt to trace the contemporary socio-political processes of gender. The vernacular house form of a region is documented and analyzed, an analysis that looks at ‘an architectural object’ as a manifestation of the cultural complexities of a society.

Manu Goel

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