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Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells

Stepwells are a form of architecture unique to the Indian subcontinent that flourished for a thousand years. Sunk deep into the earth, these underground edifices not only harvested and preserved water, but functioned as civic centers, temples, cool retreats and caravan stops…but they are quickly disappearing from the historic record.

Journalist Victoria Lautman is a frequent traveler to India and former contributing editor for Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, HG, Art+Auction, and Chicago magazine. In India, she’s written for The Hindu, Architectural Digest, Vogue, and GQ, with Indian-focused articles also appearing in Town & Country, ArchDaily.com and The Huffington Post. Her long-running radio programs were heard on WFMT and WBEZ.

What is a stepwell? See photos of these amazing structures in Victoria’s recent article on ArchDaily.

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This event is sponsored by Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, AIA Chicago and Society of Architectural Historians

Learning units: 1LU/HSW