JAIPUR, A planned City of Rajasthan

by Alain Borie, Françoise Cataláa and Rémi Papillault

The book delves into the very heart of the city of Jaipur and its Architecture, exploring the most concealed details, which but a few visitors venture to: shopping galleries, courtyards, houses. The historical, urban and architectural approach to the historic center of the capital of Rajasthan holds many discoveries and happy surprises. The book challenges a number of received ideas about Jaipur’s layout and architecture, and posits a fresh perspective upon ornamentation. Fruit of a close collaboration between several eminent French and Indian architects and teachers, it synthesizes the research work accomplished over the past few years.


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Jaipur, A planned City of Rajasthan


25 x 25mm


Alain Borie, Françoise Catalàa and Rémi Papillault




Architecture – Planning


Hard cover





   Publication date

February 2020

About the authors

Alain Borie is an architect and former Professor of Architecture à l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Paris-Malaquais.

Françoise Catalàa, is a sculptor in urban art design. She taught in visual arts at the National School of Architecture Paris-Malaquais during 25 years.

Rémi Papillault is an architect and urban planner. He is Professor of Architecture at the National School of Architecture of Toulouse and responsible for the seminar on India held there.

Dr. Sanjeev Vidyarthi is an architect and former professor and lead faculty for the exchange program at the Aayojan School of Architecture. He is author of several books and thoughtful essays illustrating the nature of Jaipur’s city planning and spatial development.


Jaipur is especially famous for the strangeness of its monuments, whether it is the surreal silhouette the Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory of Jai Singh II, or the rococo facade of the Hawa Mahal, crossed by the winds. But, outside the walls of the palace, few visitors take the time to pace the shopping galleries of the bazaars. No one ventures into the courts or pushes the curiosity until entering the houses and talking with the inhabitants. In this book, contrary, authors approach dive into the heart of the city and its architecture in what she has most daily. If this book proposes a historical, urban, architectural and symbolic of the old center of Jaipur, it is not exclusively centered on the monuments of the city. The exploration of the districts has given to the authors many discoveries and of happy surprises. This direct knowledge of the urban fabric has brought them, in passing, rediscover a number of accepted ideas about the layout and architecture of this large city, named World Heritage Site by the UNESCO on July 2019.