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Landscape Faculty clarifies myth about Western influence of design in Colonial India

photo of Archana SharmaProfessor Archana Sharma’s emerging research on Indology, led to an article clarifying the myth about Western influence on built infrastructure design in India through colonization period was recently published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture, India. Sharma reviews the writing on ancient Indian text Manasara, related to architecture and town planning, to establish that street and sidewalk design guidelines were well established in pre-colonial India and thus the said urban infrastructure tenet is not a relic of British colonization. A copy of complete article can be found at: https://morgan.academia.edu/ArchanaSharma.

Sharma who grew up in India and has lived in several Asian and Western cultures and countries is returning to Vedic texts to investigate questions on built environment design and planning heritage of India.

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