the courtyards and the Diwan-e-Am and the Dewan-e-khas. Thevibrancy of the space communicates with the onlooker and this is thebest part of traditional architecture. The space remainscommunicative and interactive all the while through its spatialqualities through time.
Breaking down these spaces into its fundamental would be rangingfrom approach and movement, scale and proportion, quality of lightand the relationship of the different elements with each other. Tounderstand such architecture one not only needs to interpretthrough perceptual and experimental qualities but even lookingthrough the culture and the tradition, which existed in thespace.
For example looking through women’s quarter in the Udaipur
palace, which had steep walls and an inner looking courtyard, andsmall entry doors, which signifies privacy for the women. Contrarythe same space interpreted in the shadow of its culture would seem
like a secret enclosure of the palace. One can’t call space and
tradition as a two faces of coin they are in a way the legs of a chair.You remove one leg and the balance of the chair is disrupted.
Understanding the relationship of space, time and culture zooming ininto a space not as big a palace nor as cultural as a temple butlooking at a very basic Indian house. Traditionally planned Indianhouse is very basic in its space geometry but rich in culture andtradition. The Indian house is a simple formation of a small verandathrough which one enters the living room adjoining which would be afew rooms followed by a kitchen and dining area ending into abackyard with washing and baiting facilities. Taking this ahead intime looking at house planning around 1960s to 1980s when the ideaof small two to three story apartments came into theurban senario. Following the idea of a living room with one diversiontowards kitchen and bathroom and the other diversion towards theroom. Looking at the planning one would question why is thebaiting and the kitchen area separated compared to the rooms.Through a modern spectacle why is there no attached bathroom inthe rooms.