Art

Rather so often in design offices, the principal designer gets his name splashed in all glory on every magazine cover and every presentation. I have seen firms started by some one ,changing their names , the moment it changes hands. When a son takes over it becomes  " & Sons" even  when there is only one, or of-course the name is abbreviated so that it becomes an acronym. Rarely do firms actively strive to ensure that the act of taking  credit , is a collective act , and not a singular one. Even when they do,the designers do take all the accolades and a huge amount of other folks often don't get talked about. I know about us; we as a firm would not survive without many people who are…
The idea of identity in emerging urbanity is a difficult one. With clone like relentless growth , the new urbanity of India has no soul, no character, and no sense of personality. Arguably , to deal with both, the idea of this scale and pace in any other way seems difficult. Either we should build slowly, or we should build less- or perhaps there is another way- one that has not been developed till now. Till we find a better way to build, how does one find the expression of the human spirit, build an idea of identity, and more simply bring a smile to  people's faces, in the new supplanted urbanity, they call homes. The studio was recently confronted with a small space, measuring 3700 sq.mts, in the middle on 500 middle income housing flats.…
Near Haji Ali in Mumbai is a new office building. As are many in big cities, at least from the distance, there is little to distinguish it from the sea of the many similar looking buildings. Should it look different? Should it not? This whole discussion about what are "back ground buildings : meaning, those that sort of vanish in a blur, and "foreground " buildings, meaning those that stand out and have an identity is often an incorrectly represented discussion. True, all buildings don't need to be flamboyant, or stand out strongly- but they at least must have an identity, a certain presence, a distinct character. In olden days, often this was, despite buildings being produced by a guild or following certain building traditions, provided by the great craft…
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…
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