Monthly Archives: November 2013

A recent trade fair organised by Index/IFJ in Mumbai allowed a few architects to imagine about open spaces in Mumbai. Large panels were put up - almost 6.mts long, and 2.4  mts wide. There were schemes of just making parts of Mumbai pedestrian friendly, or using the railway corridors and covering them to make them linear green strips or of  developing the water fronts. We had put up a panel of a park that got away. In Wadala,  along a  strip of land, we had imagined a park that comprised on many hybrid realities, much like the local trains of Mumbai that contain many lives. In many segments, the park allowed completely different  experiences that connected ecology and the life in Mumbai. So it had garden boxes, much like compartments…
SPADE, the design magazine completed this year, four issues that discuss design through a series of constructed lenses. For the fifth issue, and hopefully for many initiatives leading from it, it plans to turn the spotlight on us, and what we do- on architects and the profession in India. As a percusor to this an Architects Retreat is being scheduled in Mumbai on 22nd Feb 2014. The first poster announcing it, is here below.   To kick off the process we had written a mail that we tried and sent to as large a body of architects as possible in the country and also followed this up with many many phone calls. The response has been extremely positive and sincere. The process is well on the way. Do see the mail below.…
We are back from Diwali; was a long sleepy ten days. Most restful. The city is wonderful with just the right amount of people in it- most having left town to holiday somewhere. It would be wonderful if we could work out a mechanism where the same percentage of people were always sent out of the city year round; empty streets, a sense of quietude; crisp winter air, - it was lovely. This is the real sense of our city. On the day that we did puja  in the office, there were only a few of us, and I walked around the empty office peering into rooms, and my eye caught a two page note pinned up on one of the boards. It was a letter that I had written…
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