LIVED HERITAGE, SHARED SPACE: The Courtyard House of Goa by Angelo Costa Silveira, Translated by Maria Flavia Ribeiro

The courtyard house of Goa harks back to a long tradition of dwellings with a central space open to the skies circumscribed by rooms on all sides. In more recent times, there has been an increasing awareness that the resplendent houses of Goa are most deserving of careful attention. For visitors returning from Goa, images of the houses with colourful facades and romantic porches are as evocative of their Goan sojourn as those of the magnificent, whitewashed churches. Today, this distinct domestic architecture of historical Goa faces a deep threat. Once the symbols of prosperity, today many have fallen into disrepair. Angelo Silveira takes us on a journey through both the form, as well as traditional techniques and materials which contribute to the construction of these unique dwellings. This is a book for any student of architecture, as much as anyone who ever plans to visit Goa. It is a treat for the eyes, illustrated with over 100 black and white photographs, as well as an important comment on the need to save this precious heritage of India.

Genre: Architechture and Cultural Studies
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