Monthly Archives: October 2013

The other day a student who I do not know wrote me a mail, which is reproduced below. Upon reading it and reflecting upon it, I decided that I needed to write a well thought out response- which I did, and then marked it to a few friends, and the response was immediate and all of the mails in complete agreement with my line of thought; ( my mails to them often are ignored and they only talk about it when we perhaps meet many weeks later -if at all). I wondered why this happened; and  concluded that this was a topic many had thought about , and were uneasy about; but had not gathered their thoughts and this mail allowed them to. Since it was concerned with work in…
Not many months back, on the edge of Mumbai in Bhiwandi. an old client , desired to do a series of shelters for the devotees who walk to the Sai Baba Temple in Nashik- this was to be a mid way halt. It was to have shelters , a temple, and a dining space. When we first went there, we were taken aback by the devastation and the neglect that the land showed. Quarried rocks, no green cover, harsh coarse soil- it was an oppressive site. Many things were challenges- time being one of the biggest- but also that getting good surveys seemed impossible and a lot of the work had to be done by visiting the site often, and sketching there, and working with the land as it appeared…
Its always a struggle for a landscape architect to design a small garden. To begin with, when engaged with larger work otherwise,  to reorient and sensitize the mind to the smallest nuance,( sometimes small gestures  do get  laid on the wayside  in the larger projects !), but more importantly whose character does the garden imbibe, that of the owner, or the designer? At  our studio we do these projects almost like a ritual of reorientation- every year we do a few- perhaps  five or six, so that we remind ourselves the  pleasure, of the small details, the  form of a single plant, the flower of another, the bird that comes to nest and many such tales that really can enrich our lives. In Ahmedabad in a small plot of land…
The schedule for the 4th International Cultural Landscapes Symposium is finalized. December 14th-15th. Ahmedabad. W: www.inculs4.in E:inculs4@gmail.com Be a good idea to clear your calenders and come; promises to be good thinking fare.
A thin strip , edges  South America on its western edge. It is like a line etched on the edge of a mammoth land mass, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain. Amongst many others, the Easter Islands belong to this country, and also parts of the Antarctica. Its northern edge has deserts rich in copper, the centre with agricultural resources, the south with forests, lakes and volcanoes. This is Chile. The landscape is stunning, surreal , poetic and can make great art blush. I  saw it for the first time , a couple of weeks back. On a large screen, sometimes accompanied by soulful music, a landscape architect from Chile, revealed its magic. He struggled with English, but it did not matter, since the passion in his…
Domus- October 2013. On the stands...... Features studio work- Devi Arts Foundation/Sirpur Paper Mills - Gurgaon.
It is not often that a public or a large landscape captures your imagination and shakes you alive! In the past many have- Central Park, Nishat Baugh , Villa D-Este , but in recent times at least for me, this has not happened often- it happened with I saw the Parc André Citroën in Paris, which is a magnificent project, and one I must post a blog on soon, and I have to confess that I have not seen the Hi-Line Park- but seeing the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Cranbourne just outside Melbourne was a powerful emotional experience and only half jokingly I called it " A Taj Mahal of a Landscape". Simply stating, its one of the most powerful public gardens done in the last three odd decades…
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