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The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2022 10:49 am    Post subject: The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj Reply with quote

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The Structure
explores the work of Mahendra Raj, Indiaís mostsignificant structural engineer. Examining Rajís sixty prolific years ofpractice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work andhow he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposedconcrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monumentsnarrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.


The Structure
features twenty-eight ofMahendra Rajís buildings in detail through rich photographs and colorreproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and bythe architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviewswith Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, aconversation with the architect BV Doshi, as well as an illustrated completelist of Rajís works.



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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2022 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier post on Mahendra Raj Saheb in Title ''Some known

Post dated Nov 2021


MAHENDRA  RAJ (1924) - STILL ACTIVE

Born in Lahore ,in Undivided India , Mahendra Raj ,a towering & Legendary STRUCTURAL ENGINEER who outshined all leading Architects with whom he worked through his extraordinary oeurve as an artist combining creative passion , imagination , mathematical precision and technical dexterity to empower buildings with structural rigour to stand the test of times.

Generally Structural engineers are unsung heroes , mostly forgotten professionals , but Mahendra Raj changed this ,and Buildings designed by him as structural designer are known merely  by his name  . He worked with,  and advised leading Architects of Country like Le Corbusier , Raj Rewal , BV Doshi, Charles Correa , Kuldip Singh , and many others.

His combination of mathematical sensitivity with aesthetically strong imaginative capability made him an acclaimed craftsman with whom  Architects wished to work to fulfill their design visions.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2022 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier posting on Mahendra Raj sir Titled SOME KNOWN PERSONALITIES dated Nov 2021


MAHENDRA RAJ (1924) - STILL ACTIVE

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Born in Lahore , in undivided India , Raj was fortunate  to travel to East Punjab ( this side ) on 11th August 1947 on last unattacked train.
  Raj came from a family of engineers as his father and two elder brothers were engineers. His love for mathematics made engineering as natural choice. After graduating , he joined Punjab PWD as Assistant engineer and was in Simla to oversee Hill Road construction. His aptitude on structural design was known in the Department and  he was posted to assist Architect Le Corbusier in Chandigarh .

He attained Masters in structures from University of Minnesota , later taken advanced course in Structures at Columbian University on Scholarship.  He returned back to India and established own Practice in Bombay in 1960.

His Structural design excellence  reverberated in the structures created by various Architects with  Mahendra Raj 's  pivotal role , advice and concepts giving Country many - firsts. Be it Hall of Nations , NCDC Office Building , Hindon River Mills , Akbar Hotel , (Delhi/NCR) , Tagore Hall , Municipal Stadium (Ahmedabad), Indoor Stadium Srinagar and many more structures during his seven decades professional working.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2022 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier posting on Mahendra Raj Sir dated Nov 2021


MAHENDRA RAJ ( 1924) - STILL ACTIVE
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Mahendra Raj  gave space structures at times , when there were no softwares ( not even a simple software like axle to carry sums/multiplications/formulations    ) ,  electronic calculators were not there , only Log tables and Slide rules were available  for calculations.  In the manual design era , Raj   gave complicated structural formations , speaks volumes about his excellence in structural creativity   and deep  imaginations.

He established his Consultancy office in Jang pura , Delhi  after moving from Bombay long back. The office is named as MAHENDRA RAJ CONSULTANT S.

He is an active member of International Federation of Civil Engineers.  He wholeheartedly helped in setting up of Consultancy Development Center ,CDC, at New Delhi. He received many awards and recognitions.

Though , due to paucity of time , I think , he has not penned any book  , but his son Rohit Raj Mehendirratta  & Vandini Mehta (wife of Rohit Raj) - both Architects  alonwith Ariel Huber  gave a book on Mahendra Raj's Structural works . The name of Book is ' THE STRUCTURE WORKS OF MAHENDRA RAJ'.

As learnt , one can always see him on evening walk in Lodhi Gardens but very  few can match his pace.
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