Yashaswini Sharma is a practising architect with background in architectural engineering, writing, visual and performing arts.
Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka, one of the southern states of India. It is spread over an area of 2190 sq kms and is situated at an altitude of 920 metres above sea level. Today it is a major contributor to India's software industry and is home to large companies. It has also seen investment in public-sector industries in the post-independence period. Before independence, it was the location of a garrison of the British East India Company, having previously been a fortified city under the rule of Tipu Sultan. As a result of being a home to varied cultures, Bangalore displays different patterns of settlement and forms of architecture. The city can be described as a melting pot of cultures and built forms, having grown from a small town settlement to a highly urbanised city in a short span of time.
The research aims to characterise the architectural culture of the city, through documentation and analysis of its development. This will involve a chronological study structured around a series of key areas of the city, charting the changes in city form from the 16th century to the present, and attempting to explain these in terms of human activities and of socio-cultural and economic developments. Among the issues to be examined is the contention that the city has not achieved a coherent architectural identity.