ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWARS: A History of Building Typologies and Details in Nepal (3 Volumes) by Neils Gutschow
ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWARS: A History of Building Typologies and Details in Nepal (3 Volumes) by Neils Gutschow
ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWARS: A History of Building Typologies and Details in Nepal (3 Volumes) by Neils Gutschow

ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWARS: A History of Building Typologies and Details in Nepal (3 Volumes) by Neils Gutschow

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Architecture of the Newars by Niels Gutschow presents the entire history of architecture in the Valley of Kathmandu and its neighbours over a period of 1,500 years right up to the present. It is a rare tribute to an urban culture which has preserved fascinating lifestyles to this very day.
Gutschow first travelled to Nepal in 1962, returning in 1970 after reading architecture, and has constantly worked since then on the connections between ritual and the city. Since 1980 he has worked with measured drawings to identify the various building typologies, which are documented in three volumes with 862 photos and 939 drawings. The first volume presents the complexity of the sacred landscape of the Valley and the urban context as well as the early periods, Buddhist votive structures (caityas), architectural fragments and temples from the early periods (5th-14th century). The second volume presents the Malla period (1350-1769) with a host of drawings documenting caityas, maths, tiered temples,shrines and monasteries. The third volume presents the modern period with temples and palaces of the Shaha kings and the Ranas; a variety of new caitya types; domestic architecture  of the early 20th century;  modern architecture and urban planning. The final chapter presents selected architectural details populated by airborne spirits in a transcultural pespective.

Gutschow was born in 1941 in Hamburg, and currently lives in Abtsteinach, Germany and Bhaktapur, Nepal. He is an honorary professor at the Univertsity of Heidelberg, South Asia Institute.

 
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Volume I Foreword
Introduction: An overview over previous studies
Part I: The Setting
· The sacred landscape of the Valley of Kathmandu
· Representations of the genius loci - non-iconic shrines
· The urban landscape: Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu, Thimi, Bungamati, Panauti, Nuvakot, Gorkha
· The Newar house
 Part II The Early Period 2nd to 9th centuries
· Kushana sculptures
· Architectural fragments of the early period (5-7th c.)
· The Jokhang of Lhasa: the only extant temple structure of the early period
· Caityas of the Licchavi period (6th - 8th c.)
· Architectural fragments of the later Licchavi period (8th-9th c.)
Part III The Transitional Period (10th to 15th c.)
· Water architecture
· The early tiered temples, Indreśvara of Panauti
Volume II
Part IV The Malla Period (16th to 18th centuries)
· Historical background
· Palaces and Darbār squares
· The tiered temple
· The Śikhara temple
· Dome and Tiered Temples in Brick and Stone, liṅga Shrines
· Houses (chen) for movable gods and secret deities
· Priest houses (maṭha)
· Small architecture: phalcā, sattal, maṇḍapa, dabu
· Water Architecture (hiti, kuṇḍa, daha)
· Caityas
· Buddhist monasteries (bahā, bahī, kacabahā)
Volume III
Part V The Śāha Period (1768 - 1950)
· Palaces: Gorkhā, Nuvākoṭ, Rāṇāpalaces
· Temple compounds
· Bridges
· Caityas
· Neo-classical houses
Part VI Urban Planning and Modern Architecture (1950-2010)
Part VII Architecture as a Stage for Transcultural Flows
· From Indian wisdom bearer (vidyadhāra) to European angels
Chinese Dragons (malaḥ) and guardians (lokapāla)
· The acanthus leaf and the baluster column
Bibliography

 

  • Published: September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781932476545
  • Weight: 9 kilos