A Collage Of Architectural Ethos
Shweta Manchanda
MORPHOGENESIS: THE INDIAN PERSPECTIVE— THE GLOBAL CONTEXT by Manit Rastogi and Sonali Rastogi Images Publishing, 2018, 224 pp., 3780
December 2018, volume 42, No 12

Morphogenesis is a New Delhi based mid-size architectural practice established in the late 1990s. The book under review presents a collage of their work and ethos over the years. It has a foreword by Michael Webb, LA based architect.

Morphogenesis presents itself as a firm with a focused interest in the sustainability agenda.  This ranges from an attempt to ad-dress the key tenets of sustainability namely of environmental, economic, and social goals through Passive Design, Resource Optimization, and Contextual Identity. The presentation of works is thus divided into three parts referring to the above. A total of 26 projects are profiled.

The projects cover a substantially varied programme spanning residential, commercial, mixed use, as well as hospitality, but largely institutional and office uses.  The built footprint is fairly large, and the national ex-tent broad, calling for variation in response.

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