Miki Desai’s latest book titled ‘ Wooden Architecture of Kerala’ not only culminates different styles of the wooden architecture of Kerala but it also explores the socio-cultural and the tectonic aspects of Kerala’s wooden architecture, which is deeply rooted in religious and secular customs and shaped by geo-climatic forces. The author’s multi-disciplinary approach links the various ethnic groups residing in Kerala, and the mutual adoption and adaptation of construction systems within migrant groups.
The title is co-published by Mapin Publishing & DC School of Architecture & Design.
Despite being a living tradition serving millions of people, vernacular architecture in India has not received the academic and analytical attention it deserves. This volume attempts to fill this research gap.
Miki Desai retired from the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad as Professor and head of the Masters Program in Sustainable Architecture after teaching for 33 years. A graduate of the University of Texas, Miki Desai is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, 2000, and the Graham Grant, 2005. He is the author of Architekture in Gujarat, Indien: Bauernhof, Stadthaus, Palast, and the co-author of Architecture and Independence: e Search for Identity: India 1880 to 1980.