Bungalows and their Typology in the Colonial Town: Ambala Cantonment

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Title Bungalows and their Typology in the Colonial Town: Ambala Cantonment
Creator Eva Prasher
Subject Bungalow
Building typology
Description ‘Bungalow’ has been the most representative element of the built environment of colonialism. It is associated with Europeans; although it developed in India, both in terms of name and form. The evolution of this Anglo-Indian residential typology shows how this indigenous mode of shelter, that was adopted and adapted by the Europeans, fulilled the physical, social and political requirements of the mercantile and the administrative European oficers. Among the urban centers established by the British in India, Ambala Cantonment was an important station due to geographical and political reasons. This Anglicized town that settled in 1843 bears the elements of a typical cantonment and is worth scrutinizing as it possesses all three residential types; the bungalows, havelies and shophouses. The bungalows that evolved a century and a half ago were resultant of cultural and social collaboration of the ideologies of the Europeans and the indigenous. It cannot be denied that the bungalows gradually brought about change in the lifestyle habits of the indigenous and impacted their understanding of health, cleanliness and hygiene. This paper, as part of the study, focuses on the bungalows of Ambala Cantonment with respect to their planning philosophies and elements. The bungalow had developed as a typology by the time this Cantonment was established. Primarily similar, these bungalows differ in terms of layout, largely in the arrangement of their rooms and this study categorizes the bungalows on this criteria.
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Colonial bunglows, India bungalows, Bungalows in Punjab, Bungalows in india, British bungalows in india, Ambala volume 1, British cantonments in india, Cantonment in india, Indian bungalows
Publisher Chitkara University Publications
Date 2017-01-02
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://cs.chitkara.edu.in/index.php/cs/article/view/111
Source Creative Space; Vol 4 No 2 (2017): Asian Modernism; 151-164
Language eng
Relation https://cs.chitkara.edu.in/index.php/cs/article/view/111/85
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