Voicing Architects

Book: ARCHITECTURAL VOICES OF INDIA: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos – a collection of interviews by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta.

Review by Professor Sathya Prakash Varanashi

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Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania. New insights

“Transitional justice” is a term broadly used to designate the various practices associated with the process of coming to terms with and shedding light over a troubled, violent or disturbing collective past. It stems both from the need to reckon with and understand an uneasy legacy, and from the aspiration to redress its wrongdoings. The complex practices of denazification after the Second World War or the different lustration measures taken after the collapse of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe illustrate the highly intricate processes of “transitional justice” and the extent of the issues they entail: from questions regarding the politics of memory to difficulties in clearly defining notions such as resistance, dissent, collaboration or consent; from the legal dilemmas of retrospective justice to the sometimes problematic cultural memory practices, etc.

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Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions

This is the first book bringing together the stories of leading European civil servants examining how these leaders truly serve European people. The book is engaging and a welcome addition to the many publications on leadership. Throughout the recent decade, the EU has remained at the centre of public interest and media. However, insights on EU leadership practices got less attention.

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Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Moataz El Fegiery’s book Islamic law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt presents a comprehensive account of Muslim Brotherhood’s evolving thought on Islamic law and International Human Rights. Broadly, the book opposes the setting up of a shari’a state in a democratic regime with religious diversity.  It proposes the reform of traditional Islamic law as proposed by hardline Muslim jurists in favor of an “evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law” in a constitutional setup. The political transitions following the Arab Spring witnessed the influence of Islamists in politics. Focusing the impact of Muslim Brotherhood on the debates on Islamic law in the Muslim world, El Fegiery suggests that the protection of human rights requires the “transformation” of Islamists rather than their exclusion. He shuns the Islamists claim of equating sharia rule with democracy, based on the Muslim identity of people in the Muslim world, and vouches on the incompatibility of a shari’a state with democracy.

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Dimensions of Failure: A Review of Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect

Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, by structural engineer Dr. Malcolm Millais, is a refreshing analysis of a towering figure who shaped the architecture of our time. Millais harshly criticizes Le Corbusier. One of our most insightful writers, Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, published a glowing review of Millais’s new book, wholeheartedly dismantling Le Corbusier and his work. This goes to the “nerve center” of the trillion-dollar global construction industry. The present review supports Millais’s attempt at clarifying what has been hidden for decades, since it conflicts with assumed truths in architectural culture.

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Book Review: Architectural Voices of India

Indian architecture is known to suffer from the poverty of written authentic material on the state of profession and professional practice in the country. Challenges posed by globalisation, liberalization and opening of the Indian economies has placed the profession at the cross roads. Accordingly, the profession of architecture is in search of an identity and direction which can help it in re-discovering its lost glory and status.

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