Dhiru Thadani

Dhiru A. Thadani is an architect and urbanist. As a design principal and partner, he has completed projects the world over. Thadani was born to the boisterous urbanism of Bombay, India, and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1972 to attend The Catholic University of America, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. During his forty years in Washington, he has taught, practiced, and worked to place architecture and urbanism in the public eye. He is the author of Visions of Seaside: Foundations / Evolution / Imagination / Built & Unbuilt Architecture, published by Rizzoli in June 2013. His previous book, The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary was published by Rizzoli in 2010. He is also the co-editor of Leon Krier: The Architecture of Community published by Island Press in 2009. Since its formation in 1993, Thadani has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a former board member. He was a 2001 Fellow in the Knight Program for Community Building, a seven-time recipient of the CNU Charter Award for design, and the recipient of the 2011 Seaside Prize.

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Dragon boundary markers

Iconic dragons, symbols of London, cannot slay the onslaught of hubristic architects and developers.
DHIRU THADANIDEC. 27, 2018
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CNU should engage with European urbanists

For all its beautiful urbanism and high-quality transit, which America should emulate, Europe is behind the US in the understanding of charrettes, developers-as-town-founders, form-based coding, the Transect, and other new urban ideas.
DHIRU THADANI, PETER HETZELNOV. 12, 2018
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Urban adventure: Train travel in China

The lack of connections and the view from the train were disappointing, but the hospitality more than made up for the inconvenience.
DHIRU THADANIAPR. 30, 2019