Monthly Archives: July 2013

 The office building as a typology in India is not adequately explored for various possibilities of space making. Very few buildings in India break away from being a standard commercial office building. Try an image search on Google for ‘office buildings in India’ and the results are buildings clad with glass and Aluco bond with large floor plates of work spaces. Most of them are form oriented buildings with meaningless and unpleasant architecture. Some of the important office buildings in Ahmedabad, ATMA, Sangath and ATIRA are buildings we look up to, for the sense of space and work environment created by its architecture. These modern buildings, built for specific kind of work spaces, have a great sense of entrance, in-between spaces and plan organization. The Devi Art foundation in Gurgaon…
It was the summer of 2006 and I was counting my last days in the landscape course at CEPT. While I was chatting with my colleague in the studio, my cell phone rang and I saw “Aniket sir” calling. The moment I attended the call, I was asked about my game plan for the future. I could not tell him then, but just by making the call, he had already ruined my plans. Exactly two years before the call, I was comfortably working in a big firm in Delhi and life was easy. Somehow for several reasons, the words; green, trees and flowers started fascinating me and I thought to myself that it’s a world that I could easily try my hand with. All it would take is some understanding…
The making of space without the romance of art is just a distressing idea. After all, the food for our souls rests in the succor provided by friends, family, the comfort of doing well in what we do, being  in good health- but also in engagement with art, culture and music. As designers of space, we are presented the opportunity to engage with this realm every day- and yet many of us shy away from it, or have a very tentative unconvincing affair with it, or just have an overtly labored cerebral manner of dealing with it, and rather so often also, reject it, in the belief that we do not know enough. A lightness in the step, and a song in the heart is a good way to enjoy…
When I was about 17 years old, I awoke to the real fact of what my father did for a living. Having joined the local architecture school, and with little real interest in design, I at least decided to be a responsible son, and started accompanying him on his site visits when I could. There are something’s that one remembers vividly as images whilst growing up- it’s imprinted in your mind forever. Most vivid amongst them for me, were the days when he would do planting in a project. We would reach the site early at dawn, I riding at the back of his white Lambretta- GJE-371. Sometimes it was a large house, at others, the yard of a factory. Waiting at the site would be many laborers. A large…
Cities grow, Cities build, The rock is cut, The mountains are diminished. The Western Ghats are located along the western coast of India and separate the high Deccan plateau from a narrow coastal plain along the Arabian Sea. The mountain range starts from Gujarat and covers a total length of around 1600 km; culminating eventually at Kanyakumari district. Along the entire length, it forms large catchment areas for a number of lakes and water bodies. The many sided landscape and the heavy rainfall have made certain areas inaccessible and have helped in preserving the diversity of the region, making it one of the world’s critical biodiversity hotspots.       For a landscape of an office building terrace,  we saw on site  a deep cut in the rocks exposing  the…
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